The rumor-plagued couple leave for a vacation – together. Plus: Ashlee Simpson, Halle Berry and more

SECOND CHANCE

Ashlee Simpson is all smiles Thursday upon arriving at her New York City hotel. The singer is in town rehearsing for her Oct. 8 performance on Saturday Night Live – her first since her lip-synching snafu last year. "I'm excited," she tells PEOPLE. "I've been waiting to go back."