Simpson `secretly dating former sports star`
Jessica Simpson is dating a former American football player.
The 29-year-old singer has reportedly been on a string of secret dates with ex-San Francisco 49ers tight end Eric Johnson. His last professional game was for the New Orleans Saints in 2008.
Eric split from his wife earlier this year, filing for divorce in February. He is believed to have met Jessica shortly afterwards, but the pair didn`t strike up a friendship until recently. Gossip website TMZ reports the pair started dating officially in May, and friends say they are now "very happy".
Jessica has romanced a string of men since she divorced boyband singer Nick Lachey in 2006, including John Mayer, who recently called her "sexual napalm" in an interview with Playboy magazine, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine and American football star Tony Romo.
Tony dumped Jessica last year on the eve of her 29th birthday and she was believed to be devastated by the split. She has since said she is happy being single, but hopes to find a "normal man" to settle down with before long.