It’s a tough boat to be in, but Britney and K-Fed, Reese and Ryan, and Nick and Jessica have all been there – watching their exes move on, which may be the toughest part of a breakup, PEOPLE reports in its latest cover story.
For instance, in the two years since Jessica Simpson, 27, and Nick Lachey, 34, called it quits, he has settled down with Vanessa Minnillo, 27. Simpson, meanwhile, continues her quest for Mr. Right and is currently seeing Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo, 27 – whom she met through her dad.
“Jessica respects Nick and is happy for him if he’s happy,” says a Simpson source. For her part, “she wants to take her time and find the right person.” Still, says a pal, “she misses having a serious relationship.” (No pressure, Tony!)
As for Nick and Vanessa: “They have a very good time together,” says another source. “They’ll be the first to rave about each other’s hotness!”
(For more on this story, including Reese Witherspoon’s meal with Jake Gyllenhaal – and her kids – and single mom Bridget Moynahan’s amicable relationship with ex Tom Brady, pick up this week’s PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday)