According to reports, the recently-dumped Jessica Simpson is working hard to woo ex-husband Nick Lachey. Is it possible that the couple that bared their matrimony on MTV's Newlyweds could be getting back together?

OK! magazine's cover story reveals that while Jessica Simpson has been publicly canoodling with on again/off again boyfriend John Mayer and partying hard with sister Ashlee, it's simply a ruse to get Nick Lachey interested in her again.

"Nick is the guy Jess knew she should be with, but they were too young and their lives catapulted so quickly into fame that they never seemed to be able to catch up," a pal says of the couple, who ended their three year marriage in 2005. "She’s changed so much since they split and found out a lot about herself.

"He’ll always hold a special place in her heart. It was her first love. Jess isn’t sure if Nick would give her a chance at this point, but she’d love to be friends. She says a part of her will always love him."

The full story will be available in OK!, on newsstands Thursday.

Story by Casey Johnson contributing writer