JESSICA Simpson is planning to get her music career back on track — and she’s keen for Katy Perry to give her a helping hand, insiders say.
Simpson — who abandoned pop music and ventured into the country music market in 2008 — wants to relaunch herself on to the music scene with a new image and sees Katy as the perfect role model.
“Jessica is busy working on new songs and a new direction and has a number of names she would love to collaborate with,” said a source close to Simpson.
“Jess has a number of names she would love to work with and Katy is at the top. She’s hoping she might be able to work with her in some way and maybe even perform with her.”
Meanwhile, Simpson is said to be dating NFL football player Eric Johnson.
“They are very happy,” said one pal.
Eric — who split from his wife earlier this year and filed for divorce in February — has been described as “smart” and “down-to-earth” by NFL insiders.
“He’s one of the nicest guys around,” an NFL insider, who has worked with the ex-San Francisco 49ers player, told People magazine.
“I’m surprised he is dating her. She is such a big star and he is so reserved.
“He is very smart and he is one of the most down-to-earth athletes I know.
“He is the polar opposite of what you think of when you say ‘player’.
“When I met him, he was driving a Prius when other athletes were driving gas-guzzling cars.”
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