Ashlee Simpson and Fergie -- New BFFs?

10/17/2006 12:27 PM PDT
Ashlee Simpson and Fergie (aka Stacy Ferguson) caused a flashbulb frenzy when the two songstresses left hand-in-hand from Mr. Chow restaurant in London on Monday night.

Simpson Number Two and The Duchess ducked their heads as they weaved their way through paparazzi outside the celeb eatery. Ashlee is currently residing in London, starring in the musical "Chicago." Fergie is there, well, probably because that's where her bridge goes down. Whatever that means.

It's pretty common to see Affleck and Damon or Oprah and Gayle ... but Fergie and Ashlee?