Kenny Chesney has denied playing a part in Jessica Simpson's recent break-up with Tony Romo - insisting he would never romance a pal's girlfriend.
The country singer has blasted a tabloid report alleging he and Simpson flirted in front of the American footballer at a 4 July (09) party just days before the couple split - on the eve of Simpson's 29th birthday (10Jul09).
He tells People.com, "Tony's a friend, and I wouldn't flirt with a buddy's girlfriend. More importantly, Jessica was just being sweet and there was nothing else to it. It's not funny. There were no problems. Everybody got along great. After the party, everybody went their own way and nobody thought anything more about it. Period. End of story."
And the 41 year old insists he pities Simpson if the press accuses her of cheating every time she chats with a pal.
He adds, "If a girl and her boyfriend can't go to someone's house for a Fourth of July party and talk to the other guests without it turning into a big nightmare... then I feel really sorry for Jessica and Tony, who're both really nice people. I wonder if I wasn't famous if anyone would even care. But the fact of the matter is I talked to a bunch of guests, hung out, had a good time."