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Jessica Simpson and Lachey Splitting

After months of rumors, denials, and salacious magazine covers, Jessica Simpson (photosJessica Simpson photos) and Nick Lachey are officially kaput, just in time for Thanksgiving.

The couple jointly announced their separation Wednesday, which has been confirmed by their publicists.

"After three years of marriage, and careful thought and consideration, we have decided to part ways", Simpson and Lachey said in a statement.

"This is the mutual decision of two people with an enormous amount of respect and admiration for each other. We hope that you respect our privacy during this difficult time".

The photogenic couple wed in October 2002 and went on to star in their own reality show, "Newlyweds," on MTV. The show made them A-list celebrities.

Following Simpson's role in 2004's "The Dukes of Hazard," tabloid magazines began reporting trouble brewing in the couple's marriage. Just last week, Lachey partied alone with his friends in Miami, and recently attended the American Music Awards without Simpson.

It was also recently reported that Jennifer Aniston (photosJennifer Aniston photos) and Jessica Simpson had become 'best phone buddies' and apparently Aniston was giving Simpson advice on how to deal with the publicity of marriage and divorce rumors in the spotlight. The reported implied that Simpson wanted to be ready before an announcement, which has now proved to be true.

There was also a rumour that Simpson was six weeks pregnant with Nick Lachey's baby, but there has been no mention of that so far by either of them or their publicists so that remains unconfirmed for now.

November 23, 2005 |

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