Eric Johnson fell hard when he met Jessica in May. Word is, the former NFL-er put his plans to attend the prestigious Wharton School of Business on hold to stay by her side. Before long, the starlet was doing her usual oversharing about her beau's finer qualities, from his Ivy League education to his "hottie" looks. Not among his virtues: timing.
Just days after Simpson's ex-husband, Nick Lachey, slipped a behemoth sparkler on Vanessa Minnillo's finger, Johnson followed suit by popping the question to Simpson with a non-traditional (and much-mocked) emerald and gold ring.
The move led some cynical types to label the move a "desperate" case of face-saving "one-upmanship." But Jessica wasn't deterred in her happiness, gushing to "Good Morning America," "The best thing about Eric is that he's just really thoughtful, and he keeps me very centered."