Jessica Simpson's father has slammed rumors her marriage to Nick Lachey is on the rocks. Joe Simpson, who is also the blonde beauty's manager, claims speculation the pair - who shot to fame in the popular MTV show Newlyweds - are on the verge of splitting is nonsense and insists they are still happily married.

Speaking of Nick and Jessica's recent trip to Italy ahead of their third wedding anniversary this month, he said: "They're still together. They just got back from Italy, where they were taking their anniversary vacation, they spent time together and they had a romantic dinner. Nick rented some museum place and had an orchestra and had an opera singer sing and they had a candlelight dinner. It doesn't sound like a divorce to me."

Earlier this month, it was reported that Jessica will reportedly spend her third wedding anniversary alone - further fueling rumours her marriage to Nick Lachey is in tatters. The sexy actress is said to be planning to spend the landmark date in Nairobi, Africa, without Nick to promote her charity Operation Smile - which aims to raise money for children born with cleft lips in the deprived region. Jessica will later be joined by her father and personal assistant Cacee Cobb and the trio will go on safari Kenya - again without Nick.

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