Access Hollywood talks about Jessica Simpson and John Mayer

LOS ANGELES (August 29, 2006) — Has Jessica Simpson found a new man?

According to Us Weekly, Jessica and John Mayer have been bitten by the love bug and are now a couple. The two have reportedly been dating since July.

As Jessica's new album hit stores on Tuesday, she cancelled a critical appearance on the Today show, as well as a Wednesday appearance with David Letterman. Her rep says she has a bruised vocal chord.

Ironically, just two days ago Mayer cancelled a Connecticut concert also due to throat problems, citing a case of laryngitis.

When contacted by Access Hollywood, a rep for Mayer said he did spend the summer in Los Angeles recording his album Continuum and rehearsing for his tour. But they would not comment on the personal lives of their client.

They confirmed Mayer had laryngitis over the weekend and had to cancel a Saturday concert.

Meanwhile, reps for Jessica also refused to comment on their client's personal life, but they also confirmed she has had some vocal problems that has forced the cancellation of several New York appearances.

"It is true that she has indeed lost her voice," Simpson's publicist, Rob Shuter said Tuesday. "She's been ordered to rest. ... She can talk, she can croak out a few sentences. She sounds a little off, but, you know, she can't sing."

But that still didn't keep the singer from appearing on MTV's TRL on Tuesday to promote her new album. While she introduced some videos in a hoarse voice and signed some autographs for fans, she did not sing.

Jessica is hoping her condition improves by Friday, when she is scheduled to perform on NBC's Today show, Shuter said.

"She's trying," he said. "Everybody is hoping and keeping their fingers crossed."

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