Tabloid traffic soared the morning with the news that Jessica Simpson and NFL star Eric Johnson are engaged!

Simpson did not let her ex (Nick Lachey) bask in the spotlight too long with new of his engagement last week. Simpson was spotted wearing an engagement ring at an appearance at Dillard’s at Oak Park Mall in Kansas City. (Naturally, I would bet her engagement ring is bigger and better than Lachey’s new fiance’s ring… HA!)

While the world is very happy for both couples- I think we are still attached to the notion of Jessica and Nick. Their wedding ceremony was televised and we got to watch it on MTV in our PJ’s and have a good cry. Simpson married Lachey when she was 18. (At the time Lachey was more star worthy because of his boy band status.) They took their marriage to Newlyweds where we really fell in love as MTV’s camera crew televised Simpson and Lachey as, well, newlyweds.

Simpson’s career skyrocketed and her husband’s career… didn’t. And then, they ended their relationship. Since their well publicized relationship came to an end Lachey dated Vanessa Minnillo and Simpson trolled around looking for a man. It’s been kinda sad watching poor Jessica Simpson looking for her King of Hearts. She’s been dragged around by a slew of men including Tony Romo to John Mayer.

When Lachey and Minnillo  announced their engagement, Simpson was said to be “deeply saddened” by the happy news.  Is she really ready to be engaged now?

Simpson denies reports by explaining her feelings to Ryan Seacrest: “I don’t know where all those rumors came from. My mom actually called me and said that everyone was saying that I was ‘saddened.’ I was just in complete shock. I couldn’t be more happy for Nick.”

She is also quoted as saying, “Our relationship was over a really long time ago, and it would be nice if everyone could move on with us and really just celebrate the love between him and Vanessa,” she said. “I do, and I wish them nothing but the best.”

Oh, it’s so hard to know what to believe when it comes to celebs…
Anyway – Back to more engagement details….

Simpson has been dating and gushing about former NFL player Eric Johnson since this past May. Just a few weeks ago she said, “He’s the one for me right now! I’m very happy! I’m in a great place, and if right now could last forever, I’d take it.”

Well, I guess her beau took those words to heart!

Johnson, popped the question with a Neil Lane three-stone sparkler featuring a central ruby flanked by two ginormous diamonds. No details about how Johnson proposed are available yet… But it’s only a matter of time before those details are leaked. Can’t wait!!!!

This is the second marriage for Johnson and Simpson.   Any bets on how long it’ll last? 😉

We mean.. um, congratulations you two!