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At least off his client list.

Yes, Jessica Simpson's ex-BFF and former go-to hair guy Ken Paves finally admitted what we told you about weeks ago: that he's no longer snipping Jessica's locks.

So what did he have to say when E! News tracked him down last night?

Paves stumbled when asked if he was still working with Simpson, saying, "Yes, but no, but... that's what led to the speculation," he stammered.

So are they friends or not?

"Jessica and I have been friends for 12 years," said Paves at the Operation Smile event in L.A. "I introduced her to Operation Smile many years ago."

Paves said the friendship "is always there" and that anybody can "say what they want to say" when it comes to the formerly inseparable duo.

"I'm not insecure about it," he said. 

But when it came down to it, he came clean that the two still haven't seen each other in a while.

"I've been working on a lot of things that have me in town and traveling," he said.  "We're both busy and busy is good."

Here we go with the busy excuse again.

Paves says he has met Simpson's current boyfriend, NFLer Eric Johnson, who seems to be filling the role of supporter and constant companion that Paves used to play.

He's a great guy," said Paves. "I'm very happy for Jessica. Very happy."