The new National Enquirer is out today, and the granddaddy of the gossipy celeb rags is quick to lay its own claim to Us Weekly's Nick-and-Jessica-split scoop: The Enquirer suggests it's the supermarket weekly's photograph — the one above (click to enlarge it) — that actually caused the breakup:
Our exclusive photograph, top, shows Nick Lachey partying hard with a bevy of beauties — just days before he split from wife Jessica Simpson.
As he lapped up the attention of his admirers at a Miami nightclub on November 19, the crumbling marriage seemed to be the last thing on his mind.
Four days later — and just 27 hours after the couple's reps were contacted by The National Enquirer to discuss the photograph the boy-band singer announced he was splitting with Dukes Of Hazzard star Jessica after three years together.
Which is not to say that it's not still Us Weekly's scoop. Speaking of which: See the brunette "admirer" at the right side of the pic? That's Us's Alyssa Shelasky.
Who's clearly a dedicated reporter.
The full Enquirer spread — not yet available on the mag's site — is after the jump.