Details behind Jessica Simpson's whirlwind engagement

Nov. 17, 2010 at 10:50 AM ET

Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson, her beau of less than six months, confirmed their engagement last Sunday, and reactions to the betrothal have been mixed. While some are happy to see Simpson find love again, many feel the timing is a little strange, as her ex-husband Nick Lachey had recently become engaged to his longtime girlfriend, Vanessa Minnillo.

But nothing was rushed, according to a source who spoke to Life & Style. "Eric specifically wanted to propose to Jess on Nov. 11," said the source. The significance of the date: Simpson reportedly has a new record label of her own, tentatively called ElevenEleven.

At the end of the day, Simpson does have the support of at least one important person: her dad Joe. According to a source who spoke to Us Weekly, "Joe loves the attention that her engagement brings. He wants her to be happy, but he's also thinking about her career," alluding to the fact that Simpson has a holiday album, "Happy Christmas," dropping Nov. 22.

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