The Year in Hookups and Breakups
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Hookup: Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson
Jessica loves love, and she especially loves gushing about the man she loves. For Eric, that means talking up his Ivy League education and his "hottie" looks. One virtue the former NFL-er seems to lack? Timing. Just days after the starlet's ex-husband, Nick Lachey, proposed to longtime girlfriend Vanessa Minnillo, Johnson followed suit by popping the question with a non-traditional (and much-mocked) emerald and gold ring. While cynical types called the engagement a "desperate" case of face-saving "one-upmanship," Jessica couldn't contain her happiness, telling "Good Morning America," "The best thing about Eric is that he's just really thoughtful, and he keeps me very centered."