March 29, 2006 07:40 AM

Jessica Simpson is considering adopting a child, her publicist, Rob Shuter, has confirmed.

“Nothing has been finalized yet,” Shuter, who was asked when and how Simpson would adopt, told the Associated Press on Tuesday. He added, “It is true that she’s exploring options.”

The 25-year-old singer-actress, who filed for divorce from Nick Lachey last December, recently told TV’s Extra: “I want to adopt, and I plan to adopt before I have my own kids.

She also said of a particularly well-known adoptive mother, “I think Angelina Jolie has done amazing, amazing things, and the international adoption rate just since her has skyrocketed. It’s unbelievable.”

Shuter said that for the past several years Simpson and her family have anonymously contributed money to various Mexican orphanages, and that Jessica was 11 years old when she visited her first orphanage with a church group.

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