Jessica Simpson may be single after all! Rumors have been swirling for weeks that the blonde bombshell was dating Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan. However, a source close to Simpson says they’re just working together.
A friend tells Fox411.com, "Jessica loved spending so much time in and out of the studio with Billy. She's in awe of his musical prowess, and it adds to her feelings for him, but they are not dating."
The pal says Jess and Billy were introduced by an industry exec, and while they thought about making their professional relationship more personal, both decided they were too different to make it work.
"Dating Jessica publicly can be intense. Billy maintains a quiet, private music-focused life and the taste of publicity he got while being with Jessica was an eye opener," the source said. "Billy likes Jessica, but he will work to keep their relationship as it is and focus on the music. They are not getting serious, but Jessica has had so much fun with him."
The friend also says Simpson has stopped trying to please everyone around her lately. "Jessica barely wears makeup these days. Her workout schedule isn't strict. She eats whatever she wants. She once was a slave to what people thought and said, about her and her time with Billy has brought out an even more mature and toned down Jessica,” says the insider.
Well, Jess does seem extra happy these days! Everyone was quick to jump to conclusions and assume she and Billy were dating, but maybe he’s just a good (and unlikely) friend.