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Celebrity Break-Up Scorecard: Nick vs. Jessica

9/7/2006 5:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The question on everyone's lips after TMZ's exclusive story about the Jessica Simpson-Nick Lachey financial settlement was naturally: Who came out on top? From a purely financial standpoint, Jessica may have won the battle, with a far bigger stake of the couple's estate. But who's really winning the post-split war -- if it can be called that -- between the two former "Newlyweds," not just in money, but in love, family, and career? We've done a breakdown of the two stars' lives to see who's going to be the true winner in this relationship when all is said and done.
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Nick: He started off with the mystery girl from Ohio, then there were a couple of outings with Kristin Cavallari, and it seems as though he's found a steady in steamy Vanessa Minnillo -- she even met the family recently.

The cloud of rumor started over alleged homewrecker Johnny Knoxville, then moved onto funnyman Dane Cook, and, then, last week, singer-songwriter John Mayer.

ADVANTAGE: NICK. Things are not going your way in the love department when John Mayer calls you "desperate." As for Nick, moving on is always a good thing, especially when your facilitator is as hot as Vanessa is.


joe simpson is not Nick: John Lachey and Cate Reinhart, divorced. He is close with both of them, but we haven't seen or heard anything from these two. Parents of Hollywood stars that stay out of the limelight ... what a refreshing concept.

Joe and Tina Simpson, still together. Jess is reputedly "close" to both of them, but when you have to put "close" in quotations you know that something has to be up. Rumor is that Joe Simpson and Beyoncé's father, Matthew Knowles are co-founders of

ADVANTAGE: NICK . If your father is Joe Simpson this is a category you will never win.

Nick: First week sales of "What's Left of Me" = 172,000
Jessica: First week sales of "A Public Affair" = 101,000

ADVANTAGE: PUSH. You could have given it to Lachey on numbers but either way that is 273,000 people who spent money on some tepid tunes.


Nick: He does have a list of cameos and also took his first star turn in the comedy "She Said/He Said," which is currently in pre-production. Of course, the other show Lachey had in development, a romantic comedy in which he was to play a pro baseball player struggling through a new marriage, got shelved.

With 2005's critically acclaimed "Dukes of Hazzard" under her belt, Jessica has decided to extend her acting range even further from goofy TV-remake comedy into goofy workplace comedy and will be seen in "Employee of the Month" alongside clean comedian Cook.

ADVANTAGE: JESSICA. It's a toss up but movies requires a bit more risk than television.

drew lachey: dancing machine

Nick: Drew Lachey. When your brother can dance the Paso Doble better than George Hamilton, even if you were in a boy band, that's pretty much all you need to know.

Jessica: Ashlee Simpson. Nothing says sibling bonding more than appearing together on the cover of a tabloid magazine. Ashlee has however admitted to an eating disorder while telling young women to love themselves on the inside, she's become the new Hollywood poster child for plastic surgery, and, of course, we know she can lip-synch with the best of them.

ADVANTAGE: NICK (and Drew). Hey, dancing is a talent.


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I hear some of you talking about how beautiful Jessica is.........Beauty goes beyond the skin. Yes she is very beautiful, but inside she's nothing. NOT HER FAULT THOUGH.....I personally think it's worse to sell your kids through "STARDOM" than to sell them else where. Her father is to blame for all her bad comings. Step back dad. You should have made your money the honest way..I respect Ashley for stepping away from "DAD and doing what she felt she needed to do. At least she can be proud of what she's doing and what she has. Jessica wont have anything to speak of till she wises up and kicks the real man whos causing her so much unhappiness, to the curb, Her so called father. He's the loser in this, not Nick. Sure Nick may have made some mistakes as so did Jessica, but Nick wasn't the man to have ruined the marriage, it was Joe, the one who is really after Jessica's money

2857 days ago


"Ness" will never look as good with Nick as Jessica did! ! !

2849 days ago


GO NICK!!!!!!!!!

2933 days ago


I'm sorry, TMZ is obsessed with jessica. This is the most ridiculous, childish way of writing and trying to entice people with this foolishness. For one, nobody gives a damn about jessica/papa joe. Number two, she is not an actress, not a singer, not a performer, nothing, the girl can't even read a damn sentence.

No more posts about this reality whore that got a big head and ended up like anna nicole smith. PATHETIC.


2933 days ago


I"m with you, Nick!

2933 days ago


Someone should do SOMETHING about Jessica's make-up! Holy cow......what does she actually loook like underneath all that mess? As for Nick, he's an absolute babe! I love him to death.

2933 days ago


Go Nick...Jessica is just another greedy sl$t that will never be satisfied!

2933 days ago


I really thought that Jessica Simpson would outsell Nick Lachey in sales with her album. But it never happened. Nick's songs have been playing far more than Jessica's the past several months. And I disagree with his comment that the albums are tepid. I think they made some good, personal albums, though I think that a lot of people can relate to what Nick is singing now. Jessica's is more of an uptempo album. I think that Nick wants more people to focus on his music and not his divorce and that's why he stays away from talking about it. And Jessica needs to not have her dad all around her so much--Joe's gotten too eponymous with his appearance with her in public that it's become annoying!

2933 days ago

Leksie Place    

Nick is an amazing person and truly deserves any success he receives!!
Jessica, however, is a selfish lost soul who allows anyone and everyone around her to decide her life decisions. Everyone including her hairstylist... come on!!!
It is truly sad to see someone who once stood for something now falling for anything.
God bless Nick .... and God be with Jessica!

2933 days ago


TEAM NICK!!!!!!! Jessica is such a slut, well she can count me out from buying her CD which I wont buy anything of hers no more, but nick on the other hand showed emotion for his marriage didn't walk around as a christian daughter and tell everybody she is waiting to have sex for her husband then after she gets married can't uncross her legs and gives it out more then bubblegum. Go nick you are so much better off with out this dirty slut you will make it big bigger then you are know and she is going to fall fast, faster then she made it to where she is know. I say ban from buying anything from jessica simpson make her feel like she is a nobody like she did her ex husbnd nick!!!!!

2933 days ago

duh...totally !    

go Nick !
You are keeping your life Real and seem like a good, down to earth guy.....

I actually feel a little sorry for Jess....Mayer really slammed her and the publicty stunt of last week---2 covers "I'm in love"....c'mon Joe--that was "cheesy" as Mayer described!

like I have said before...Jess should have divorced her DAD instead of Nick !

2933 days ago


Nick has proven time and time again that he has much more class than Jessica and the entire Simpson clan. Nick will be able to hold his head high and move on with his life. Jessica will always be held back by her daddy because we all know he is a control freak.

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2933 days ago


I am trying to pinpoint when I went from liking Jessica Simpson as a goofy, beautiful blonde and thinking of Nick Lachey as a cranky bit of wallpaper to thinking she was vying for the most annoying, vapid media whore since Paris Hilton and he was an OK guy I wanna root for.

Until I can figure it all out I will have to comfort myself knowing that at least there is some samity in this tossed about world... John Mayer sees the light after only one week. How freaking refreshing. I guess that wack job can go cry on the shoulder of her hairstylist. Does this woman have any unpaid for friends?

2933 days ago


Jessica is desperate for attention. Even John said so. I almost feel sorry for her.

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