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Go, Jessica …
SHE’S DATING A FOOTBALL STAR!
When Jessica Simpson appeared on The View on Nov. 15, the singer-actress proclaimed, “As far as boys go, I don’t need ’em. I want a man. Somebody who’s a really great family guy.” It didn’t take Simpson, 27, very long to make that catch. Over the Thanksgiving holiday, her relationship with new boyfriend, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, 27, hit the big time, with the twosome huddling in Dallas and hanging with family in Waco, Texas. “They’ve been dating a couple of weeks,” a source confirms to Scoop. “She’s very happy. They both have fallen head over heels for each other.” The play-by-play? On Thanksgiving Day, Simpson and the quarterback had dinner at the Dragonfly restaurant at Dallas’ Hotel ZaZa with an entourage that included Simpson’s former assistant Cacee Cobb and her pal, Scrubs star Donald Faison. “She was flirtatious with him,” an onlooker tells Scoop. “She was looking at him a lot and playing with her hair.” After the meal the group headed to Lotus nightclub. The following day, Simpson and Romo squeezed in some more family time, enjoying a meal at her maternal grandparents’ house in Waco. (Flashback to Simpson on The View: She also said she’s looking for “somebody that wants to meet my grandparents immediately.”)
The romance simmered for weeks even as Jessica gushed she was on the market, and Romo laughed off reports that linked him to the blonde bombshell. When asked at an Oct. 30 team practice if he was seeing Britney Spears, he said he’s constantly paired with stunning starlets. “[It] goes with this position. It’s happened a few times now, two or three times where people just say, ‘You’re dating whoever.’ [It was] Jessica Simpson last year, ya know?”
Even though the QB has been playing the field (see box), his interest in Simpson appears to be more than a passing fancy. “Tony wanted to meet Jessica a while back but she was dating [John Mayer],” according to a source, adding that the Cowboys quarterback has had a crush on Simpson. “[Despite reports linking them in 2006], they have never dated before.” So how did the hookup happen? Dear Old Dad: “They met in July when he visited her on the set of Major Movie Star in Louisiana with her dad [Joe], who has been a longtime friend of Tony’s. Joe is a huge Cowboys fan and has gotten to know the team.” Romo may have dad Joe’s approval, and something else. “He is a nice traditional Southern boy—a gentleman.” Sounds just like what the girl ordered.
WHO IS TONY ROMO?
BIRTH NAME: Antonio Ramiro Romo
BORN: April 21, 1980, in San Diego
OCCUPATION: Quarterback, Dallas Cowboys
CURRENT STATS: Cowboys are currently first in the NFC East division.
MEASUREMENTS: 6’2″, 224 lbs.
SALARY: A six-year deal worth $67.5 million
SIDE GIGS: Served as a judge at the 2007 Miss Universe Pageant
ON DATING: “I’m a football guy, 24/7,” Romo said in 2006. “So for me, all the other stuff off the field is just for you guys to talk about.”
ROMO ON SIMPSON: He told the Dallas Morning News in 2006 he’s “always been a Jessica Simpson fan. I always thought she’s been pretty.”
It’s Getting Serious
DREW MEETS JUSTIN’S FAMILY!
“Mac Guy” Justin Long, 29, has plenty to be thankful for: Dating cute-as-a-button Drew Barrymore, 32, since this summer, he took a major step by bringing her home to Fairfield, Conn., for Thanksgiving weekend with his family. That Friday night the lovey-dovey duo visited local restaurant Southport Brewing Co. with Long’s brother Christian. “Drew and Justin were adorable,” says an onlooker, “but they were pretty much making out the whole time.” The group stayed until just before closing time, laughing over beers, even as locals started crowding around the entrance to get a glimpse of the actors.
Kristen Bell & Dax Shepard
ANOTHER HOT DATE!
Shepard, 32, and Heroes hottie Bell, 27, were first spotted in Las Vegas Nov. 10 and were out again Nov. 23 at ArcLight Hollywood cinema in L.A. A source tells Scoop they kissed and Kristen’s arms were wrapped around him. A buddy of his says, “Dax is all over the place with women these days. It’s casual—for now.” Reps had no comment.
OUT OF THE HOSPITAL … BACK ON THE N.Y.C. SCENE
Mary-Kate was released from an N.Y.C. hospital for a kidney infection Thanksgiving weekend and just days later was at the Spotted Pig restaurant with sis Ashley and a few pals. Says an eyewitness: “Mary-Kate seemed happy; it was a really relaxed scene.”
Paul McCartney & Rosanna Arquette
THEIR SURPRISE AFFAIR!
Desperately seeking … Paul McCartney’s newest girlfriend. Though spotted cuddling New York businesswoman Nancy Shevell, 47, just weeks ago, the 65-year-old was seen in November taking an intimate stroll with actress Rosanna Arquette, 48, through the grounds of Hampstead’s historic Kenwood House (left). The pair was also reportedly seen leaving his North London home. McCartney’s rep declined to comment and Arquette’s rep called the two “good friends,” but a source confirms, “Paul and Rosanna Arquette have been dating since summertime.”
CANCELS HER CONCERTS
“I can’t give it my all onstage without my Blake,” the singer, 24, said in a Nov. 27 statement from her label. And with that, trouble-plagued Amy Winehouse announced she’s canceling the rest of her 2007 concerts and promotional appearances. It could be a good thing. Since husband Blake Fielder-Civil has been in jail for allegedly attempting to manipulate a witness in his assault trial, Winehouse has given a string of shoddy performances that have included walking offstage, slurring speech and yelling at the audience. Says her label: “The intense emotional strain … [has] taken [its] toll.”
My World Tour Scrapbook
Going around the world in 27 days on the final leg of her tour, Beyoncé performed in 11 cities, shopped and spread a ton of goodwill. Here’s what she discovered on this amazing journey …
India, Oct. 27
“The Indian people and their culture were amazing—I can’t wait to go back!” she said of her last day performing in Mumbai (top).
Romania, Oct. 22
At a local hospital for kids with cancer: “It was such a moving experience to be in their presence.”
Indonesia, Oct. 31
Celebrating Halloween half a world away: “Costumes were hard to find, but [my team and I] had so much fun.”
Ethiopia, Oct. 20
The singer planted trees, visited an orphanage and “administered lifesaving polio drops.”
China, Nov. 5
Sightseeing “in traditional [garb] at an outside market.”
She gets hitched to Hayden Christensen in her new movie. But the Awake star would rather curl up with a good book
In her new thriller Awake, Alba, 26, plays a wife whose husband (Hayden Christensen) overhears a plot to kill him while he’s in surgery. But she tells PEOPLE’s Charlotte Triggs that nothing scares her more than posing in a bikini.
Hayden’s character wakes up during heart surgery, can feel everything but can’t say a word. Yikes!
It’s up there with getting buried alive. Anyone going for surgery now is going to think about whether the anesthesiologist gave them enough.
What was it like working with him? Tell all.
He was awesome—so warm and humble. We didn’t joke around too much. He was very sweet—pretty shy.
Do you miss having your Fantastic Four superpower of invisibility?
I really liked not having to play a superhero! I didn’t have to do any action scenes; I didn’t have to dance; I didn’t have to scuba dive.
No scuba diving means no skimpy bikinis!
Other than Sin City, I don’t really wear skimpy outfits in my movies. People know that I’m a prude. Word has gotten around!
So, after escaping creepy hospitals, how do you unwind?
Reading is good to keep your mind off things—just to get into another world. I just finished The Kite Runner, which was very entertaining. Now I need another book!