After taping a PBS holiday special this week (on which she'll sing music from her upcoming Christmas album), Jessica Simpson didn't hold back about how her current relationship is going.

The reality star told that boyfriend Eric Johnson simply makes her happy.

"As far as Eric and I go," she said, "we're just best friends. He's my dude! I love him."

Simpson reportedly began dating the former NFL player in May, and the pair traveled to Italy with friends in July to celebrate her 30th birthday in style.

Is the VH1 star crowing more openly about her love life now that she's with a legally single man?

According to official papers filed in Los Angeles, the divorce between Johnson and his ex-wife Keri was finalized last month, with no spousal support awarded to either party (the couple, married five years, reportedly separated in October 2009).