Ashlee Simpson, Bronx Wentz

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The Simpson sisters haven't exactly been having a quiet week.

While this morning, headlines exploded with reports that Jessica Simpson is already expecting her second child with fiancé Eric Johnson, earlier this week it was Ashlee Simpson's turn to have her personal life become public fodder, as rumors swirled that she had split with her Boardwalk Empire boyfriend Vincent Plaza.

And, well, while neither Jess nor Ash have yet to confirm the respective speculation over their private lives, Ashlee is seemingly content to let pictures do the talking for her: specifically, the picture paparazzi snapped this morning of Ashlee, Bronx and a mystery man out in New York City.

While the mystery man's identity remains just that (friend? Manny? Date? Helpful citizen?), he is notably not Simpson's rumored ex, which certainly seems to give a bit more veracity to the reports of their breakup.

In any case, both Ashlee and her son seemed more than comfortable with the man, who held Bronx's hand as they grabbed coffee and strolled the streets.

Rumors aside, it's good to see Ash being the doting mama to her son. Particularly since those skills are easily transferable to aunt duty for any prospective nieces and nephews...

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