He tells Parade magazine, "She's an amazing artist and it was such a great learning experience. She's incredible."

And Ken Paves has cleared up reports he and Jessica Simpson, who he joined for her recent global beauty trek reality TV show, are no longer friends.

He tells the publication, "Jessica's still a great friend of mine. I love her to death... We have such a strong bond and relationship, and the moment that you're not seen together, people do start to question and speculate... We talk and we see each other."