Is Mark Wahlberg the ‘massive movie star’ who romanced Jessica Simpson?

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Jessica Simpson recently revealed that she fulfilled a “teenage fantasy” by hooking up with a “massive movie star” in a new “short and true story.”

Since we here at Page Six can’t resist a juicy celebrity blind item — and Simpson penned a doozy — we’re taking our best guess.

The top contender based on clues given in Simpson’s tale, “Movie Star: They Always Say They’re Single,” is Mark Wahlberg.

According to Simpson, now 42, she first met the mystery man at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards when she was on a break from her future ex-husband, Nick Lachey.

“He was undressing me with his eyes,” the singer told readers of the mystery man.

Mark Wahlberg at the 2001 mtv video music awards
It’s possible that Jessica Simpson was referring to Mark Wahlberg — who attended the 2001 VMAs wearing jeans and a T-shirt as described — in her recent essay about hooking up with a taken movie star.

Simpson noted that the mystery dude was wearing jeans and a T-shirt. Wahlberg — who attended the show that year — wore jeans and a T-shirt.

Actors Will Smith, Will Ferrell, Andy Dick (who we immediately ruled out — sorry Andy!), Christopher Walken, Jamie Foxx and Johnny Knoxville (with whom Simpson has already publicly said she had an emotional affair) were also at the show.

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Simpson claims the mystery man was “undressing [her] with his eyes” at the awards show.
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Simpson said in the story that the anonymous actor knew her trainer. Ripped Wahlberg, now 51, is known for his workouts.

In addition, the “Ted” star was already famous in 2001, and could’ve been a childhood crush of Simpson. Wahlberg – once known as Marky Mark who rapped with his Funky Bunch — famously posed for a shirtless Calvin Klein ad in 1992 with Kate Moss.

In 1996, he played the lead opposite Reese Witherspoon in the hit thriller “Fear.”

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Simpson and Wahlberg both attended the 2003 MTV Movie Awards, but she claims they didn’t hook up until 2006.

Simpson wrote that she wound up meeting with the “massive movie star” again in 2006 at the Beverly Hills Hotel while he got ready for another big awards show.

“He texted me throughout the awards show,” she said, explaining it was how she learned he wasn’t single. “Shortly after, I saw a photo of Movie Star on a red carpet with her. I was never ever in a million years going to be the other woman.”

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The actor’s now-wife, Rhea Durham, was pregnant at the 2006 Golden Globes.
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mark wahlberg and Rhea Durham at the 2007 Emmys
She had given birth by the time the 2007 Emmys rolled around.

Wahlberg, who was in Martin Scorcese’s “The Departed” that year, attended the Golden Globes with his now-wife, Rhea Durham, who was pregnant at the time.

A baby is not mentioned in Simpson’s retelling.

The “With You” singer was married to Nick Lachey from 2002 to 2006.

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The “With You” singer was married to Nick Lachey from 2002 to 2006.


nick lachey and jessica simpson
The “With You” singer was married to Nick Lachey from 2002 to 2006.


Wahlberg also appeared on the Emmys carpet with Durham the following year when she was not pregnant.

Simpson said the unnamed A-lister convinced her his relationship was over, so she continued to see him, even visiting him on a movie set with a director “known to even the most casual movie fan.”

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Simpson said she ended things with the actor when she found out he was taken.
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While the dates are slightly off, Wahlberg started filming M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Happening” in August 2007 in Philadelphia, a close enough to drive from NYC. Simpson says she was picked up by a pal to go to the set.

The shoe designer also wrote that the mystery actor told her that he spoke with his spiritual adviser about her. 

Wahlberg has been very vocal about his relationship with a Boston priest named Father Flavin, whom he credits for keeping him away from the dark side of fame.

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She married Eric Johnson in 2014. The pair share three kids: Ace (left), Birdie (center) and Maxwell (right).

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She married Eric Johnson in 2014


Simpson also said she ended things when she started to feel “like a call girl” who was only there “to have sex” with the unnamed celeb.  

“I didn’t care if he was my teenage fantasy come to life, this was not a choice that same girl, my younger self, would be proud of,” she penned.

Simpson told People of the mystery man: “I will tell you this… he is still a movie star!”

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Wahlberg is very much “still a movie star,” as the bombshell teased.
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Among his many other projects, Wahlberg is reportedly starring in the upcoming “The Six Billion Dollar Man.”

Reps for Simpson and Wahlberg did not respond to a request for comment.

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