E! Online retracts story that Newlyweds Nick and Jessica are divorcing.

In the short time since the end of their series Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica, part of The Joe Simpson Hour of Exploitation, Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey have reportedly decided to split. Maybe. As this screencap of an E! Online story shows, E! reported that they “confirmed that Simpson filed for divorce Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for the end of her two-and-a-half-year marriage to Lachey.” However, as TVgasm notes, the article is no longer online, and it has now been replaced with a retraction:

“E! deeply regrets that a draft report from E! Online, which contained some false information regarding the Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson marriage, was accidentally disseminated. The couple has not filed for divorce. E! apologizes to Nick, Jessica, their families and their fans for any distress this may have caused.”

And Jessica has told US Weekly exclusively that the story “is completely false and we would sue them if they hadn’t taken it down.”

Statement [E! Online]
Updated: The Newly-filedfordivorcers [TVgasm]
Jessica Simpson has filed for divorce [The Superficial]
Exclusive Breaking News: Jessica Simpson Denies Divorce Rumors [US Weekly]

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