Are Nicole Richie And Jessica Simpson Feuding?

Nicole Richie went on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show Thursday morning to squash rumors that she and fellow Fashion Star “celebrity mentor” Jessica Simpson are getting into it.  “I’ll tell you right now that that couldn’t be further from the truth,” Richie told Seacrest.  “I actually love and adore Jessica.”

The ‘bloids love a good catfight, and when things get dull, someone’s gotta make up the stories.  The truth is that Richie and Simpson have known each other for years and get along swimmingly.  Richie explained,  “I’ve known her for years, first of all, so I already knew who she was as a person,” Richie added. “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.”

PHOTOS: Give Me Your Chanel Bags, Nicole Richie

Aspring designers on NBC’s Fashion star, airing in February 2012, work with the celebrity mentors for the chance to win a contract to start their own brand.  Richie, who’s established herself as a style icon, made an appearance at the Beverly Center in West Hollywood last night (September 8th) during Fashion’s Night Out.  LOVE the headpiece.