State of the Union

UPDATED 12/27/2004 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 12/27/2004 at 01:00 AM EST

"Don't believe the crap out there," says Nick Lachey about the rumors of a Newlyweds breakup. "We're madly in love," adds Jessica Simpson. With the filming of a third and, they say, final season of their MTV show under way, the couple have begun to expand their franchise. Having hosted a variety show and a holiday special with her husband. Simpson also launched a beauty line (Dessert), inked a deal for a clothing label and is filming The Dukes of Hazzard. Lachey, who has appeared on The WB's Charmed, got his own MTV reality show, about making it as a solo singer. Busy as they are, no babies are on the horizon. "Daisy the dog is it for now," says Simpson.


JESSICA SIMPSON'S minister dad, Joe, calls her career shots.

BEYONCE's mom, Tina Knowles, has designed clothes for her.

BRITNEY SPEARS and manager mom Lynne are best friends.

LINDSAY LOHAN and mom Dina, her manager, party together.

HILARY DUFF'S mom, Susan, coproduced A Cinderella Story.

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