Pete says it isn’t so

Are the wedding bells ringing because Ashlee Simpson’s pregnant?

Rumours started swirling Monday when Us Weekly and OK! magazine both claimed a source close to the couple confirmed a bun in the oven. But fiancé Pete Wentz is calling the whole thing a “witch hunt.”

In an email to MTV News, the Fall Out Boy bassist, 28, wrote, "There is a witch hunt for people to be pregnant whenever they get engaged in Hollywood. This is all news to me. I can't wait for the story about how I'm really in a gay relationship and this is all just a cover… I mean really, this is crazy… I mean we're engaged, that's true, and happy about it."

Asked again if he was denying reports that Simpson, 23, is pregnant, Wentz replied, "Yeah."

The couple announced their engagement on the social networking site FriendsorEnemies.com late Wednesday. In a joint statement, they wrote, “we are thrilled to share that we are happily engaged,” adding they wanted their fans to be the first to know. "We wanted to be the first to tell you and to hear it straight from us."

However, the rumour inferno burned bright when a spokesperson declined to confirm or deny the baby bump reports that surfaced Monday. "We are thrilled to confirm their engagement and congratulate this happy couple. Beyond that there is nothing to add."

The pair has been romantically linked since 2006.

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