American rocker Bruce Springsteen went out of his way to meet Nick Lachey at a recent party, because his daughter JESSICA RAE would have killed him if he didn't make contact with the pop star. Ray is a huge fan of Jessica Simpson's ex-husband, and the BORN TO RUN hitmaker knew he had better greet the 98 Degrees singer at the Jingle Ball in New York otherwise there would have been trouble at home. A partygoer told pagesix.com, "(Springsteen) ran across the crowd to gush over Nick and hugged him - so he could go home and tell his daughter, Jessica Rae, he 'got action from Nick'. Apparently, she's completely in love with Nick and Bruce wanted to give her an early Christmas gift by relaying the story to her."