Wednesday, April 16, 2008

In Denial ... One Day You're In And The Next Day You're Out

People magazine has become the latest media outlet to "confirm" that Ashlee Simpson is, indeed, pregnant (presumably by her new fiancée Pete Wentz) citing their own "source close to her family" (much like US Weekly did over the weekend) but have added to the speculation by reporting that Ashlee and Pete are planning to get married in May (which would essentially be a shotgun wedding if these pregs reports turn out to be true). We know that Pete denied the pregnancy rumor to MTV News already and Tuesday it was Ashlee's turn to deny the rumor to MTV ... sorta. After Ashlee's appearance on MTV's TRL yesterday, she kinda denied the rumor by not really answering the question ... the plot thickens:

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Ashlee Simpson is pregnant and plans to get married next month at a private residence in Southern California, a source close to her family tells PEOPLE. Simpson, 23, is engaged to Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz, 28, who initially blasted pregnancy rumors as a "witch hunt" ... And now the source tells PEOPLE that not only is Simpson pregnant, but that she's planning to have her wedding in May at a friend's house in La Jolla, Calif., north of San Diego.

This is interesting ... People isn't usually the kind of mag that reports something like this unless they are absolutely sure it's true ... tho they do tend to wait until they get official confirmation before going to press. It's rare that the mag would cite a source without revealing who the source is. Meanwhile, even tho Pete has flat-out denied that Ashlee is pregs, she added fire to speculation by not offering the same definite denial:

Ashlee Simpson sidestepped any pregnancy rumors Tuesday during an interview with MTV after taping TRL in New York, saying simply, "Some things you want to keep personal." A source at the taping says Simpson dodged the pregnancy question on the show as well, saying that if all the rumors about her were true, she "would have had a baby by now." The newly-engaged singer also told MTV News, " I just think it's an inappropriate question to ask any woman. For me, that's something that I didn't ever want to respond to, because I think it's an inappropriate question." Simpson, however, did not put the rumors to rest. "Some things, you want to keep personal, and I think that when people deny [pregnancy reports], it's probably because it's something they want to keep personal."

Ashlee's TRL appearance will air on MTV on Thursday and will feature a performance of her new single Little Miss Obsessive. She also obliges an audience request to show of her engagement ring. HMMM ... but I'm more interested that all these intimate family sources seem to be to blame for the speculation. Could it be that Jessica Simpson is the one blabbing to the mags in order to gain favor with the various publications? To be honest, I think that all the back and forth about "is she or isn't she" is a bit intentional ... what better way to keep media hype going as we get nearer and nearer to the release of Ashlee's new album Bittersweet World? If Ashl33n really did want to set the record straight they'd either totes confirm or totes deny the rumor. Period. I can't say I blame them for milking the attention tho, it's the sort of publicity you can't really buy ... but it is the kind you can sell. Again, I have to wonder ... is big sis Jessica benefiting from any of this on the sly? We'll know sooner or later what the real deal is ... I suspect right around April 22, in time for an album release party. [Source, Source]