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Simpson Files for Divorce From Lachey

December 17, 2005

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ There will be no romantic reunion _ Jessica Simpson filed for divorce Friday from former boy band star Nick Lachey. The couple jointly announced their separation Nov. 23 following months of rumors that their tabloid-friendly relationship had soured.

Simpson cited irreconcilable differences in a divorce petition filed in Los Angeles Superior Court. The couple had no prenuptial agreement and in the petition, Simpson asked the court not to grant Lachey spousal support.

They have no children.

Lachey, 32, had more earning power when the couple wed in October 2002. However, Simpson’s star power skyrocketed during her three-year marriage. The 25-year-old singer-actress earned more than $30 million last year.

Simpson’s publicist, Rob Shuter, confirmed the filing but declined further comment.

An after-hours call for comment to Lachey’s publicist was not immediately returned.

The photogenic pair starred in their own MTV reality show, ``Newlyweds.″ They also hosted a 2004 television special, ``The Nick & Jessica Variety Hour.″

Simpson’s 2004 album, ``In This Skin,″ went platinum, and she released a Christmas album last year titled ``ReJoyce The Christmas Album.″

She made her big-screen debut this year, playing Daisy Duke in ``The Dukes of Hazzard.″

She also lent her name to a line of cosmetics and fragrances.

Lachey gained fame as a member of the boy band 98 Degrees. He released his solo album ``SoulO″ in 2003. Lachey also appeared in episodes of ``Charmed″ on the WB and is scheduled to star in a pilot for the network next year.

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