LATEST: Pop hunk Nick Lachey has hit back at accusations he's been cheating on his wife Jessica Simpson.

This week (begs07FEB05) reports emerged the former 98 DEGREES heart-throb ordered his bodyguard to talk to a mystery blonde on his behalf after she caught his attention at the ESPN MAGAZINE's post-Super Bowl party on Sunday (06FEB05) in Florida.

It has also been reported that Lachey dined out with his ex girlfriend JORDANA JARJURA on 15 January (05) - whom he dated briefly in 2001 when he and Simpson split for several months - but the pop couple insists everything is healthy in their relationship.

And Simpson, who acknowledges that her beau did join his ex for an "innocent" meal, she tells US WEEKLY, "We are committed to our relationship... There are always people who want you to fail... But we can handle anything that comes along.

"I've always been judged from a young age. I just can't take anything head on."

And while Lachey's representative dubs stories about his alleged cheating "entirely false", his ex-girlfriend Jarjura has also spoken to the publication about their recent outing.

She says, "We are just friends. (We) have a lot of the same friends. There are lessons to be learned. Now Nick and I will tell each other about something like this ahead of time."

10/02/2005 03:56