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Jessica Simpson 'Deeply Saddened' By Ex-Hubby Nick Lachey's Engagement To Vanessa Minnillo, Friend Says!

Fri, November 5, 2010 11:45am EDT by Add first Comment, Inset: Getty Images, Inset: Getty Images

Poor Jess! We wonder how long it’ll be before Jess gets a proposal from new boyfriend Eric Johnson!

Everyone is excited for newly engaged couple Nick Lachey, 36, and Vanessa Minnillo, 29, except for one person — Jessica Simpson. It’s been 5 years since the former couple was together, but Jessica, 30, just can’t seem to let it go. “Even though Jessica wants to be happy for Nick, this is a very difficult time for her,” Jess’ friend tells Naughty But Nice Rob over at PopEater. “Nick was the love of her life then, man, and he was her first, so she will always have a very special place in her heart for him. She’s deeply saddened.”

Nick and Jessica divorced in 2005 after just three years of marriage. A few short months later, the former 98 Degrees member started dating MTV hottie Vanessa.

Jessica, however, hasn’t had as much luck in love. She had an on-and-off relationship with bad boy John Mayer in 2006. The following year, she dated Tony Romo (which did not end well) and she’s now dating ex-NFL player Eric Johnson.

The couple actually had a chilly run-in of sorts recently at Hollywood hot spot Red O with Nick and Vanessa. Seeing an ex probably isn’t the thing you want to deal with while at dinner with a new partner and Jessica admitted to avoiding Nick. Eyewitness reports say she looked “uncomfortable” because he was there.