Ashlee isn’t the only one in a positive mood. “John seems very smitten,” says another Simpson pal.
Friends say Simpson is relishing this romance, which is low-key compared to her time with ex-husband Nick Lachey. “When she was with Nick, she was really under her family’s thumb,” says a friend. “This is a relationship that is all hers.”
Observes another pal, Christina Milian, who was in Simpson’s “Public Affair” video: “Clearly this is a relationship that’s not for the cameras. It’s not about celebrity. It seems like they truly have an attraction to each other, and they’re both clearly very talented as well.”