Nick Lachey Wishes Jessica Simpson, Eric Johnson ‘The Very Best’

Jess' ex says he's still 'basking in the glow' of his own engagement.

First she sent her well-wishes to Nick Lachey on his engagement to Vanessa Minnillo, and now Lachey is returning the favor by sending his love to his newly engaged ex-wife, Jessica Simpson.

“I will say the same thing I always say: I wish her the very best,” he told UsMagazine.com about Simpson’s engagement to football player Eric Johnson. As for his own engagement, Lachey is still adjusting to it.

He explained that he’s “still basking in the glow” of his plans to marry the former MTV VJ and “enjoying that. I’m sure we’ll get on the other planning shortly. We are now just enjoying this experience.” He added that it’s “very exciting” to see “what the future brings to us.” Asked why it took him so many years to ask Minnillo to marry him, he said, “All things have their appropriate time, so thank you.”

Jessica married fellow pop star Lachey in October 2002. The pair documented their marriage on their hit MTV series, “Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica.” But their sweet kisses turned sour when Simpson and Lachey split in 2005; their divorce was finalized the following year. Since then, Simpson had been linked to John Mayer , Tony Romo and Billy Corgan before meeting Johnson.

Jessica’s dad, Joe Simpson, expressed his own elation when he took to Twitter to congratulate her. “So very happy for Jess and Eric,” he wrote on Sunday night. “May they have a lifetime of joy and happiness.”

Simpson flashed her engagement ring on Saturday at an appearance at Dillard’s in Overland Park, Kansas. UsMagazine.com reported that the ring is a ruby surrounded by two diamonds, designed by celebrity jeweler Neil Lane. Johnson reportedly popped the question on Thursday. Their rep confirmed the news in a statement: “Yes, we are excited to confirm that they are engaged!”