Meet Eric Johnson: Jessica Simpson’s “Sexual Shaman” that keeps “Knocking Her Up”

Jill O'Rourke
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When you think of Jessica Simpson’s husband, you might automatically picture her ex Nick Lachey. They starred on Newlyweds together, but got divorced in 2006. Jessica is now married to Eric Johnson.


Jessica Simpson Memoir

Jessica just released a memoir called Open Book, in which she opens up about her life, including her romantic relationships. If you’re wondering who Eric is and what their relationship is like, read on!

Who Is Jessica Simpson’s Husband Eric Johnson?

Eric was an NFL player for seven years. He played as a tight end for the San Francisco 49ers, and also played for the New Orleans Saints. Eric retired in 2008. Before the NFL, he played college football for Yale University.

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Eric is 40 years old, and celebrated his birthday last September with Jessica and their three kids — Maxwell, Ace, and Birdie. Jessica frequently posts cute family photos on her Instagram account.

How Long Have Eric And Jessica Been Together?

Eric and Jessica started dating in 2010, after being introduced by a mutual friend. “We connected on all levels,” Jessica has said of their first meeting, adding, “We both were ready for the real deal.”

Eric was still legally married to his ex-wife Keri D’Angelo. However, they had reportedly already been separated for months when he met Jessica. In July of that year, Jessica and Eric were spotted in Italy together for Jessica’s 30th birthday.


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In November of 2010, the couple announced their engagement. Eric apparently proposed on November 11 at 11:11 am, surrounded by rose petals with Led Zeppelin’s “Since I’ve Been Loving You” playing.

It would take them until July 2014 to get married, because Jessica got pregnant twice in that time! Jessica joked that they were doing things “very backwards,” saying, “he keeps knocking me up!”

How Eric Has Been A Supportive Husband

While promoting her new book, Jessica gushed about Eric and what a loving husband he is. “Eric really just embraces with no judgment the woman that I am,” she told The View. “You know, with my flaws, I mean, that’s some of his favorite parts about me, you know.”

Jessica has also gotten candid about the pair’s sex life, saying, “With Eric, we connect mind, body, soul — it’s a very spiritual experience… I call him my sexual shaman.”

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The singer reveals in her memoir that she struggled with alcohol and pill addiction and has been sober since 2017. Eric was a big source of support, as he chose to quit drinking right along with her.

“Eric gave up drinking the second I did,” she said. “He said, ‘I’ll do it with you, babe.’ It was like no biggie and he hasn’t gone back or looked back.” She calls him “selfless and loving.”

To buy Jessica’s book or check out her upcoming book tour dates, you can visit her website.

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