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Eating for two? Jessica Simpson shows off her bump while dining with friends as expert predicts she's at least six months pregnant

By Chris Johnson

Jessica Simpson met friends for dinner in new York last night in a skin-tight top which revealed her rounded tummy amid feverish speculation that the singer is pregnant

To even the least observant eye, Jessica Simpson looks like a woman with child.

And an expert has now predicted she is at least six months pregnant.

But the singer is yet to set the record straight - her silence apparently down to her trying to secure $500,000 for a magazine deal.

The star was pictured once again last night, stepping out for dinner in downtown New York with her swollen belly on show in a form-fitting black top.

She completed her look with knee-high leather boots, a leather jacket with leopard-print print detailing.

At one point, it looked as though she was trying to cover the bump with another jacket and her bag.

We can still see it! Jessica tried to cover the bump with a jacket and her handbag but failed to do so

Go figure: Jessica Simpson leaves her New York hotel today in a skin-tight top which revealed her rounded tummy amid feverish speculation that the singer is pregnant

Earlier, she was seen leaving her hotel in the same tight-fitting top.

According to speculation by a Boston-based gynaecologist, Jessica is heading into her third trimester, with her and fiance Eric Johnson expecting their first child early next year.

The doctor, Dave David, told RadarOnline: 'She looks to be 26 weeks, which is around six months.

'It is definitely a pregnancy and not weight gain. You can by the shape of her abdomen, her belly wouldn't be that rounded if it was just fat.

Something to announce, Jessica? The reality star is reportedly holding out for a six-figure magazine deal to confirm the reports

Stylish: Simpson teamed her look with a leather jacket and leggings, along with an animal print scarf

'She is short so the bump looks bigger because it has no where to go but out.'

According to reports, the 31-year-old reality star is holding out to secure a huge magazine to officially reveal her pregnancy.

Sources have told the New York Post Page Six that Jessica's manager father Joe is asking for half a million dollars for his daughter to confirm she is pregnant with her fiance, former NFL star Eric Johnson.

Rumour mill: Jessica pictured yesterday, left in a poncho, on Sunday in Lycra, centre, and, right, back in August concealing her figure in a loose-fitting dress

A top PR expert told that she did not have the ‘star power’ to secure the massive deal.

Of course, the practise is common in the celebrity circuit.

Nicole Richie sold the first photographs of her baby Harlow for a reported $1m while Christina Aguilera demanded double that for snaps of her baby Max on the cover of People magazine.

Meanwhile, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's daughter Shiloh earned her mummy and daddy in the region of $4m - although they did give the proceeds to charity.

In recent days the rumour mill has gone into overdrive regarding Simpson - although observers have noted a burgeoning bump as early as July.

Yesterday she stepped out in a giant poncho - which did little to hide her suspiciously large tummy.

And for her flight from Los Angeles to New York, the Dukes Of Hazard star squeezed into a form-fitting Lycra top.

Jessica's appearance is not the only thing which has been sparking rumours, it has been her actions too.

Around two weeks ago she was physically helped to the car by her mother Tina.

Jessica, was assisted by her mother as the pair left Los Angeles International Airport following a flight from New Orleans.

Tina held on to her daughter's arm and placed a protective hand on her back as she escorted her out of the building and into a waiting car.

The move was certainly not the behaviour you would expect from the mother of a perfectly healthy 31-year-old woman who is fully capable of walking on her own.

Jessica was set to wed former NFL player Eric Johnson this November, but the couple have postponed the wedding with sources claiming the delay is due to Jessica being pregnant.

The couple, who have been together for two years, got engaged in November 2010.



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