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Are Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz reconciling?

The question has been raised more than once since their surprise split and here we are again, wondering if the impending divorce has been called off.

The reasons this rumor keeps popping up are twofold and simple. Pete didn’t want to break up and they’ve just looked so happy together ever since!

Dressed causally, with Wentz carrying 2-year-old Bronx on one hip, the young family stopped by the Beverly Glen Mall in Los Angeles on Thursday.

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“They held hands, and Pete especially looked very happy,” a source says. “He had his arm around Ashlee. They definitely looked like a couple again.”

“Ashlee kept smiling and lovingly leaned on Pete.”

This isn’t their first post-split outing, nor the first amicable one. They’ve continued to hang out as a family, even after she filed for divorce in February.

Sources tell People that the breakup is on good terms, and that being good parents to son Bronx is their priority. But is there hope of reconciliation?

“They’re both focused on making this transition as easy as possible for him,” a source said. “They’re on very friendly terms and speaking – it’s fine.”

Reps for the two had no comment.

Despite their upbeat demeanor, another source says that their outing Thursday, or past and future ones like it, doesn’t mean the two are reconciling.

“This is not a sign that they are getting back together,” the source says. “They both care about each other tremendously and love Bronx very much.”

In the end, perhaps it’s all unclear to them too: “Ashlee has always called Pete her best friend. They are in the middle of still trying to figure this out.”

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