"Yes, we are excited to confirm that they are engaged!" a rep for Simpson tells PEOPLE
Touchdown! Jessica Simpson and free agent NFL player Eric Johnson are getting married, a rep confirms to PEOPLE.
“Yes, we are excited to confirm that they are engaged!” says the rep.
Simpson recently told PEOPLE she and Johnson, 31, were planning to spend Thanksgiving together.
“We’re all gonna be in New York,” said the entertainer and fashion designer. “I’m gonna be on a [Macy’s parade] float. It’s not always the best way to spend a Thanksgiving, but it’s a great way to celebrate. So, maybe I’ll just have all families on the float.”
Explaining how well their relationship was working, Simpson told PEOPLE last month, “This is just normal, thank God. He’s very, very supportive. [I] couldn’t ask for a better man in my life right now.”
Asked if Johnson were the one, she replied: “I never go to that because I already went there, so, I’m not gonna jinx my own self. He’s the one for me right now! I’m very happy, I’m in a great place and if right now could last forever, I’d take it.”
As for Johnson, who’s played for the San Francisco 49ers and the New Orleans Saints, the 6′ 3″ Needham, Mass., native has excelled at sports since he was a kid. At 13, he hit a hole in one on the golf course, and he broke 11 school records while playing wide receiver for Yale University. He’s also a former academic All-American.
Also chiming in this past week, Simpson’s brother-in-law, Pete Wentz, told PEOPLE about Johnson: “He’s a really smart guy, and Jessica really loves him. I think that’s the most important thing, seeing her happy,”
Simpson and Lachey split in 2005, after three years of marriage.
• Reporting by K.C. BAKER and LESLEY MESSER