updated 06/06/2006 AT 12:15 PM ET
•originally published 06/09/2006 AT 6:00 AM ET
Don’t expect any dirt about her breakup with ex Nick Lachey on Jessica Simpson’s upcoming album, And the Band Played On. “She’s talking about having fun with her girlfriends,” Jessica’s dad Joe tells us. “Enough has been said. Let’s go on and live our lives.”
And Simpson found inspiration in another diva – Mariah Carey – for the CD, due out Aug. 29. “It’s a lot like Mariah’s record, you know. They’re both the same kind of singers, they’re both ballad singers,” says Joe. Jessica even worked with songwriter Johnta Austin, who cowrote Carey’s “We Belong Together.” And look for Simpson to pick up the tempo in her first single, which papa Simpson describes as “Madonna meets Janet – it’s totally the unexpected.”
Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O’Connell are “plugging away” on their wedding plans, the actor tells us. “We’re in it together – it’s a 50-50 thing.” But it’s not all work and no play: The couple are taking a break to visit Romijn’s family in Amsterdam. “(They’re so nice) and they all look like her, so they’re gifted,” says O’Connell. “I’m going to be the short, ugly relative. They’re very tall. I believe she has a cousin who’s 7 feet tall and a woman!”
Caught in the Act
Lindsay Lohan, hanging out at the weekly Check Yo’ Ponytail dance party at L.A. club Safari Sam’s. The actress – dressed in black pants and a green-and-white hoodie – hung out with a female friend and Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine at the hipster event.
Victoria’s Secret model Izabel Goulart, volunteering at an event for Free Arts NYC (a nonprofit that benefits at-risk children) at New York City’s Good Shepherd Services shelter. The Brazilian catwalker stayed the whole day and was more than an hour late for a fitting for an Oscar de la Renta fashion show because she was signing autographs.
By VANESSA DIAZ, MARISA LAUDADIO, TIFFANY MCGEE and JENNY SUNDEL