Singers and reality TV stars Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey sympathise with Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston’s recent split because they’ve also suffered under the media’s scrutiny. The pop couple allowed cameras to chart the ups and downs of their marriage for the MTV reality show, Newlyweds and subsequently became victims of the public’s obsession with their private life.
But they insist Brad and Jennifer could have saved their relationship if they’d accepted fame attracts gossip and media intrusion.Jessica Simpson explains, “Fame definitely puts pressure on a marriage. Especially when so many things are untrue, it really becomes an issue. But, you know, you learn early on in this business that with success, you’re fair game to that. And you just have to learn to really have tough skin and let it just roll right off. We’ve kind of put ourselves out there for that. But it’s always a difficult thing when you hear things that are being made up.”
The People reports that a leaked memo from makers MTV describes former Steps star Lisa Scott-Lee as a British Newlyweds version of Jessica Simpson for the singer’s upcoming reality show alongside former Hear’Say hubby Johnny Shentall.
“It will be a classic, compelling show in the Osbournes/Newlyweds mold, as these stars and their loved ones expose real emotions and relationships,” MTV bosses claimed. “There will be laughter. There will be highs and lows.”
Teen People caught up with Jessica Simpson and asked her to reveal her most embarrassing moment.
“When I went to the White House to meet the president, I was introduced to the Secretary of the Interior, Gale Norton.”
“I said, ‘I really like what you’ve done with the place.’ I had no idea that she was a member of the Cabinet, not an interior decorator!””
Us Weekly caught up with the women on the red carpet of the MTV Video Music Awards in Miami and asked them about the pieces of designer frock they were wearing.
Mandy Moore, who wore a Calvin Klein gown, stated “I try to clean up once in a while. Calvin Klein’s sizzling.”
As for Christina Aguilera’s Roberto Cavalli frock? Ms Beautiful said, “I’m telling you right now that this is a hot dress. It fits my body to a T!”
Jessica Simpson strutted out in what she called a “sexy and chic” Valentino dress while her sister Ashlee Simpson was busting out in a Jennifer Nicholson dress. “It’s like, here they are! You’ve never seen them,” Ashlee said of her cleavage.
MTV News reports Ashlee and Jessica Simpson have recorded a duet. The sisters collaborated on a version of Little Drummer Boy for an upcoming holiday record from Jessica.
The title and release date have yet to be determined, according to her spokesperson.
It is known the singer will duet with another family member on the release, husband Nick Lachey of 98 Degrees, although the spokesperson was unsure which song the reality TV stars will do.
Jessica Simpson’s rainbow-colored shawl has become a fashion statement.
Good news for the unemployment-stricken Argentine economy and the 28 knitters at a factory outside Buenos Aires.
“I never would have thought that my love for shopping could have such a meaningful impact on someone’s life,” the vocalistress said, adding that “Nick and I have gotten a lot of attention from reality television, but this is the kind of reality that really matters.”
What makes Newlyweds star and chart-topping singer Jessica Simpson so successful?
“Jessica is successful because she’s herself; she has nothing to hide,” so says mother Tina in an interview with Star magazine.
“Jessica connects with people because everyone sees a bit of themselves in her.” Jessica agreed, adding “What’s given me success is that I’m such an open person… I just always want to be who I am.”
According to MTV News, Jessica Simpson is going to Harvard and other Ivy League schools to perform and host a question-and-answer session with students in early 2004.
The trip will be filmed for the second season of ‘Newlyweds’, the suprise hit MTV show. Jessica’s manager and father, Joe Simpson, said the idea was inspired by ‘Legally Blonde’.
Before the Ivy League tour, the blonde vocalistress will warm up with a similar string of concert and Q&A events at high schools across the country.
That outing begins 23 of October in Atlanta and visits Dallas, Oklahoma City, Charlotte, Orlando, Tampa, Chicago and Kansas City before ending 11 of November in Minneapolis.
Along with the tours, Jessica has been busy meeting with movie producers about a number of projects, including a big screen adaptation of ‘I Dream of Jeannie’.
Jessica Simpson, recently married to Nick Lachey of 98 Degrees, tells the press that the best advice she can offer to brides-to-be is simply to remain calm on the big day.
“I was like the calmest bride,” Jessica said. “Like I just knew everything was going to be great, and it was going to be the best day of my life. And I just kind of focused on the love and the excitement rather then, ‘Oh, is this going to go wrong? Is that going to go wrong?’ Because there’s always going to be stuff that goes wrong, but it’s the best day of your life, so you want to enjoy every moment of it.”
“I think that just relaxing is probably the best thing a bride can do.”
Jessica will release her new single, most probably called ‘The Sweetest Sin’ in a couple of months time.
Jessica Simpson has hired Madonna’s longtime manager Caresse Henry to co-manage her career along with her father, Joe Simpson.
“I see the tremendous talent of Jessica Simpson and believe that she has a long music career ahead of her. I look forward to working with her and evolving her as an artist,” said Caresse.
The blonde vocalistress will still be managed by her father in some areas of her career, and she is currently in the studio working on her third album, due in late spring.
“We are thrilled to have Caresse on the team,” said Joe Simpson. “The experience she brings will be a tremendous asset for Jessica’s career. She did good for Madonna right?”Part of the reason Caresse Henry is joining jessica Simpson’s management team may have to do with Jessica’s last album, ‘Irresistible’. The set was released in June 2001, just a few months prior to events of September 11, which put a damper on music sales overall.
The singer told a webzine that she wasn’t very comfortable with the set to begin with. “My last album didn’t really reflect me as a person,” she said.
“It was about, you know, heartbreak and you cheating on me, and it just wasn’t me. That’s not me at all.”
“I’m like a hopeless romantic who’s very positive and, you know, I think that this is the way it’s supposed to be.”