The actress, fashion designer, beauty mogul and entrepreneur is considering adding “singer” back to her resume
For Jessica Simpson, there’s something “irresistible” about the music industry.
In her cover story with Rush, Simpson, 42, got candid with her desire to revisit the many pursuits of her old life on new terms — including a triumphant return to the music career she’s largely left behind since 2010.
“I’m surprised I’ve stayed relevant and people are curious,” she admitted. “Because I didn’t enjoy myself. I didn’t enjoy myself at all.”
The interview began with an unexpected conversation about a health scare that landed Simpson in the emergency room in early June. Turns out her intense stomach ache had nothing to do with anything other than a few blocked intestines.
The designer admitted that travel could have played a substantial role in her diagnosis, revealing she’s been to Nashville three times in the past month. Then Simpson told Rush she considered a permanent move to Music City, where she hopes to restart her music career after more than a decade.
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Even though she has reinvented herself before, the fashion mogul and Newlyweds Alum said the path couldn’t be more unfamiliar this time. “I’m doing this now as a mother, as a wife. Last time I was a wife, but this is a very different marriage. And they’ve never seen me [perform]’ she said, referring to her children. She continued with a story that made her realize how much value performing again could bring to her life.
“I’m having my daughter take a private plane with North West to visit Katy Perry in Vegas. And inside I’m like, “She’d see me first.” Then I’m like, ‘This isn’t competitive, Jessica. Let your daughter enjoy Katy Perry.” But there are times when I want to do it – when they see that color of me.
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As for what Simpson’s new music might sound like, the singer says she considers herself “genreless.” Her career initially started in 1999 with the debut album sweet Kisseswith a duet with her husband-to-be Nick Lachey.
The couple tied the knot in 2002 and starred in the MTV hit Newlyweds together a little less than a year later. However, their relationship was short-lived and culminated in a divorce in 2006.
Simpson continued to ride the waves of her successful music career, releasing seven studio albums before winding down around 2010. Her 2008 country album, Do you know, was a success, but her record label had decided to drop her. “You will never get back the amount we put into you,” she recalls being told.
“It wasn’t my choice to have Scott Storch or all those producers [cost] a million dollars a song,” Simpson explained. “I had no control over those budgets. We were just yes people. And by saying yes to everything, I lost everything.”
Her last album was Merry Christmas, a holiday album released around the turn of the century. Around the same time, Simpson met former NFL player Eric Johnson, and the two have been together ever since. The couple have three children: Maxwell “Maxi” Drew, 11, Ace Knute, 10, and Birdie Mae, 4.
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