Nicole Richie has laughed off reports of a feud with Jessica Simpson on the set of their upcoming TV show Fashion Star, declaring, "I love and adore Jessica!"
The two stars, who both have their own fashion lines, are currently shooting their roles as celebrity mentors on the new reality show, amid tabloid reports of a bitter rivalry.
But now the socialite has spoken out to set the record straight, insisting speculation of infighting is false.
She tells Los Angeles DJ Ryan Seacrest, "I'll tell you right now that that couldn't be further from the truth. I actually love and adore Jessica.
"I've known her for years, first of all, so I already knew who she was as a person. Who she is is someone who's very kind, very sweet and extremely smart and a great businesswoman and someone that I really respect... I actually couldn't love someone or respect someone more."
On Fashion Star, Jessica Simpson and Nicole Richie will advise aspiring designers competing for the chance to start their own fashion ranges.