Plus: The singer and Tony Romo look "very happy" during a night out with friends

By K.C. Baker
Updated February 11, 2009 03:25 PM
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Jessica Simpson is not letting recent criticism get her down. The singer, who helped announce nominations for the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Wednesday, says she’s fine just as she is, thank you very much.

“Honestly, I am right where I’m supposed to be. I am so happy,” she said on The Early Show Wednesday. “Right now I’m on tour with Rascal Flatts having a blast.”

Part of having a blast includes spending time with friends – and boyfriend Tony Romo. The pair had a casual fun-filled night out over the weekend at The Great Dane Pub in Madison, Wis., where they partied after she opened for Rascal Flatts at The Kohl Center Saturday night.

Cozy Couple

“They came in side-by-side at about 10 p.m. with a big group,” according to Ted Peterson, the pub’s director of operations. “She hung out with a few of her friends – mostly women – in a lounge area we had set up for them. He played pool with his buddies from Burlington, Wisconsin When Rascal Flatts came in later on, they joined her in the lounge area. She stood up and high-fived them and they all hung out.”

During the time they were there the singer “didn’t eat much,” says Peterson. “They ordered three things, which isn’t much for eight people.” As for the drinks, Peterson says Simpson sipped on Grey Goose and cranberry while the guys drank beer.

Peterson says he was struck by how great Simpson looked and how happy she and Romo seemed together.

At the end of the night, Simpson and Romo, both 28, embraced and talked closely. “He came up to her and was holding her,” says Peterson. “They were in a half hug, talking closely. They seem like they’re very much in love. They looked very happy.”