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Tony Romo Speaks Out About Jessica's Dad

UPDATED 06/13/2008 at 11:45 PM EDT Originally published 06/13/2008 at 05:00 PM EDT

Tony Romo Speaks Out About Jessica's Dad
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Speaking for the first time about reports that Joe Simpson was interfering with his relationship with Jessica Simpson and his business affairs – and that his parents did not approve of or get along with the Simpson family – Tony Romo released a statement to PEOPLE saying, "It's all laughable.”

Romo, 28, and Simpson, 27, have been dogged by rumors that her father has been meddling in their nearly seven-month-old courtship.

In his statement, Romo insisted that characterization is "so far from the truth."

A source also confirmed that Romo's father, Ramiro, went to the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga., with Joe Simpson earlier this year and "had a great time."

And there was more family bonding when, after spending a couple of days in Dallas, the singer and Romo shared a lunch date Friday with pregnant sister Ashlee Simpson and new husband Pete Wentz at a Chili's in Encino, Calif.

"Jess was giggling and grabbing onto Tony. They were both very natural and sweet with each other," says a source. "It was cute to see the sisters and their guys having such a good time."

Reporting by JENNIFER GARCIA

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