Is Mark Wahlberg the ‘massive movie star’ who romanced Jessica Simpson?


Jessica Simpson recently revealed that she fulfilled a “teenage fantasy” by hooking up with a “massive movie star” in a new “short and true story.”

Since we here at Page Six can’t resist a juicy celebrity blind item — and Simpson wrote a doozy — we’re taking our best guess.

The top contender based on clues in The Simpsons story, “Movie Stars: They Always Say They’re Single,” is Mark Wahlberg.

According to Simpson, now 42, she first met the mystery man at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards while on break from her future ex-husband Nick Lachey.

“He was undressing me with his eyes,” the singer told Mystery Man readers.

Mark Wahlberg at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards
It’s possible that Jessica Simpson is referring to Mark Wahlberg — who attended the 2001 VMAs wearing jeans and a T-shirt as described — in her recent article about hooking up with a movie star. .
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Simpson noted that the mystery friend was wearing jeans and a T-shirt. Wahlberg – who attended the show this year – wore jeans and a T-shirt.

Actors Will Smith, Will Ferrell, Andy Dick (whom we immediately rejected — sorry Andy!), Christopher Walken, Will Ferrell, Jamie Foxx and Johnny Knoxwell (whom The Simpsons has already publicly said that he had an emotional connection).

Jessica Simpson VMAs 2001
Simpson claims the mystery man was “undressing. [her] Through His Eyes” at the award show.
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Simpson said in the story that the anonymous actor knew his trainer. Ripped Wahlberg, now 51, is known for his workouts.

Plus, the “Ted” star was already famous in 2001, and Simpson could have had a childhood crush. Wahlberg — once known as Marky Mark who rapped with his funky bunch — famously posed with Kate Moss shirtless for a 1992 Calvin Klein ad.

In 1996, she played the lead opposite Reese Witherspoon in the hit thriller film “Fear”.

Jessica Simpson and Mark Wahlberg
Both Simpson and Wahlberg attended the 2003 MTV Movie Awards, but she claims they didn’t hook up until 2006.
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Simpson wrote that she began dating the “massive movie star” again at the Beverly Hills Hotel in 2006 as he prepared for another big awards show.

“He texted me the whole awards show,” she said, explaining how he knew she wasn’t single. “Not long after, I saw a picture of the movie star on the red carpet with him. I was never going to be the other woman in a million years.

Rhea Durham and Mark Wahlberg at the 2006 Golden Globes
The actor’s now-wife, Rhea Durham, was pregnant at the 2006 Golden Globes.
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Mark Wahlberg and Rhea Durham at the 2007 Emmys
By the time the 2007 Emmys rolled around, she had given birth.
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Wahlberg, who was in Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed” this year, attended the Golden Globes with his now-wife Rhea Durham, who was pregnant at the time.

The child is not mentioned in Simpson’s retelling.

The “With You” singer was married to Nick Lachey from 2002 to 2006.


Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson

The “With You” singer was married to Nick Lachey from 2002 to 2006.


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Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson

The “With You” singer was married to Nick Lachey from 2002 to 2006.


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Wahlberg also appeared on the Emmys carpet with Durham the following year when she was not pregnant.

Simpson said the unnamed A-lister convinced her the relationship was over, so she continued to see him, even visiting him on a film set with a director “even Even the most laid-back movie fan is known.”

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Simpson said she ended things with the actor when she found out he was taken.
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While the dates are a bit far apart, Wahlberg began filming M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Happening” in August 2007 in Philadelphia, which is close enough to drive from NYC. Simpson says he was picked up by a friend to go to the set.

The shoe designer also wrote that the mystery actor told her that he talked to his spiritual advisor about it.

Wahlberg has been very vocal about his relationship with Father Flavin, a Boston priest who he credits for keeping him away from the dark side of fame.

Jessica Simpson, Eric Johnson and their children

She married Eric Johnson in 2014. The couple has three children: Ace (left), Birdie (center) and Maxwell (right).


Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson

She married Eric Johnson in 2014.


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Simpson also said that when she started feeling like a “call girl,” she ended things that only existed to “have sex” with the unknown celebrity.

“I didn’t care if she made it into my teenage fantasy life, it wasn’t a choice that the same girl, my younger self, would have been proud of,” she wrote.

Simpson told People of the Mystery Man: “I’ll tell you this… he’s still a movie star!”

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As Bombshell teased, Wahlberg is very much “still a movie star.”
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Among his many other projects, Wahlberg is reportedly working on the upcoming “The Six Billion Dollar Man.”

Reps for Simpson and Wahlberg did not respond to a request for comment.


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