Rumor Rundown: Jessica's Engagement Ring Under Scrutiny
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The surprising backlash from Jessica Simpson's betrothal to boyfriend of five months Eric Johnson continues, with the rumor mill now cranking with talk that the smitten starlet ponied up for her own sparkler.
PopEater claims that Jess fronted the estimated $100,000 for the much-knocked antique ruby-and-diamond Neil Lane engagement ring now decorating her finger.
"No way could Eric, who doesn't have a job at the moment, afford to purchase such an expensive ring," asserts a "friend." "Yes, he made a little bit of money in the NFL and is from a wealthy family, but unless his parents helped him out, Jessica must have paid for it herself." (In Johnson's defense, he did plan to go to business school, so he might have invested his football earnings wisely and socked away some cash.)
Simpson's rep did not respond to our request for comment on the ring rumblings.