Jessica desperate to date
09:30 29 January 2006
Jessica Simpson is desperate to start dating again after splitting from husband Nick Lachey.
The gorgeous blonde wants a man but wants her estranged hubby to hook up first.
Jessica's father, Joe, is said to have told his daughter to wait - to protect her image.
A source told America's Life and Style magazine: "He's afraid her fans will think she doesn't give a damn about the split if she's suddenly kissing some guy."
However, a representative for the 25-year-old actress said: "Jess isn't ready to date yet. It has nothing to do with Joe."
Meanwhile, Nick has been seen with several women and was allegedly spotted kissing and holding hands with a female at a Los Angeles restaurant.
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