Nick Lachey Shoots Down Date With Jessica Simpson

Jessica Simpson is nursing a broken heart for the second time in two months after the desperately lonely 29-year-old singleton was shot down for a date by ex-husband Nick Lachey.

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According to The National Enquirer’s “Gossip With Mike Walker” Column, Jessica was stunned speechless when the former 98 Degrees singer shot down her suggestion that they meet up for a drink before she left the country to begin filming her VH1 reality series, The Price of Beauty earlier this month.

Lachey parted ways with longtime girlfriend Vanessa Minnillo in June, while Simpson split from Dallas Cowboys star Tony Romo on the eve of her 29th birthday.

Enquirer spies describe the conversation between the phone conversation between the two as “awkward.”

“After about 15 minutes of pleasantries, Jessica finally got up the nerve to ask if they could get together for a drink,” a tattling tipster reveals.

“He was very to the point,” says the spy, “Jessica wasn’t prepared for it. He said he was sorry about her breakup with Tony, but getting together for a drink, dinner, or anything at all was not in the cards for him — now or ever.”

Jessica was crushed as Nick added, “It’s best to leave things as they are.”