What Exactly Is Ashlee Expecting?

For a girl who’s been almost absent from the news since her MTV reality show went off the air, the scandal surrounding her lip-synching quieted down, and the dust from her nose job settled, it’s pretty much the perfect storm of PR.

One: Ashlee Simpson and longtime boyfriend Pete Wentz announced their engagement last Thursday via a statement on friendsorenemies.com: “We are thrilled to share that we are happily engaged. We consider this to be a very private matter, but we wanted you to hear it straight from us.”

Two: Monday, Usmagazine.com reported the 23-year-old singer is pregnant, citing an anonymous source. OK! magazine added that the couple’s first child is due in October, quoting an unnamed friend: “Ashlee would like to walk down the aisle before she’s showing -- although she's very cute the way she's always checking out her belly now and asking everyone, ‘Am I showing yet?’”

Within hours, Wentz, 28, e-mailed MTV News denying the reports. “There is a witch hunt for people to be pregnant whenever they get engaged in Hollywood," the Fall Out Boy bassist wrote. “This is all news to me. I can't wait for the story about how I'm really in a gay relationship and this is all just a cover. ... I mean really, this is crazy. ... I mean we're engaged, that's true, and happy about it.”

Asked again if he is denying reports that Simpson is pregnant, Wentz replied, “Yeah.”

Three: Simpson’s third album, her first in three years, is due to drop April 22, the same day her collection of clothing debuts at Wet Seal.

What do you think? One big coincidence or PR ploy to get Jessica Simpson’s little sis some attention?

Sheila Marikar 

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