Bocelli not to duet with Simpson

Los Angeles: Singer and actress Jessica Simpson`s dream of duetting with Andrea Bocelli for her upcoming Christmas album has been dashed - the opera singer will not be part of the compilation due to his busy schedule.

The `Blonde Ambition` star was said to have recruited the classical musician, as well as pal Willie Nelson, for her festive release.

But Bocelli`s representative has moved swiftly to deny the report, revealing the star was never slated to record with Simpson, reported E! Online.

"We were indeed approached by her management a while ago, but Mr Bocelli`s current recording and performing schedule does not allow him to add on new engagements," said a spokesperson.

"We told Jessica`s management yesterday that the duet cannot happen. But we all wish her great success with the Christmas album," he added.

PTI

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