Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey announced their engagement within days of one another, and Simpson insists that the timing is merely a “coincidence.” Here’s what I know about announcements in the press — they are never a coincidence. Remember when Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson announced their divorce on Thanksgiving day? Do you think that was because they actually decided on their divorce at that time, or because they knew the press-attack would be at a minimum because entertainment news staffers were all on vacation. These announcements are always calculated, and they usually come out weeks or even months after the actual event occurred. My guess is that Jessica became engaged at least one month ago, and Nick Lachey’s engagement pushed her camp into releasing the news earlier than expected. The press said she was “saddened” by the news, and she insisted she was happy for Nick She obviously jumped the gun on the announcement because she was so annoyed by her “lonely girl” image She should have waited, considering even an idiot knows that the close time-frame would lead to the engagements being lumped together. It’s in poor taste.