Jessica Simpson Says ‘Newlyweds’ Was Her Father’s Idea
During an interview on ‘On Air! with Ryan Seacrest’, the ‘With You’ hitmaker also says that she doesn’t regret doing the reality show with her ex-husband Nick Lachey.
- Mar 10, 2020
AceShowbiz – Jessica Simpson has credited her father for her hit reality show, “Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica“. Stopping by “On Air! with Ryan Seacrest” to promote her “Open Book” memoir, the “With You” hitmaker revealed it was actually Joe Simpson who came up with the idea of her sharing her marriage to then-husband Nick Lachey with the world.
Speaking to host Ryan Seacrest about the show, the 39-year-old explained why her father, who was her manager at the time, encouraged her participation. “My dad was like, ‘I really want people to understand you and know that you’re human.’ You know? ‘Because if they get to hang out with you while you’re on the couch, they’ll really understand who you are,’ ” she recalled.
When asked she regretted doing the show or thought it was a “mistake,” the mother of three responded, “Oh no, it’s been the most empowering thing I could possibly do.” She elaborated, “I do believe that doing ‘Newlyweds’ is what made people – it’s what launched my brand,” before adding that she “would go back and do it all over again.”
Jessica and Nick’s marriage ended up in a divorce back in 2006 after three seasons of “Newlyweds”. In her “Open Book” memoir, she revealed that the two of them “weren’t even talking to each other” during the filming of the show’s final season. She blamed their “anxieties” about their careers for the failure.
During the radio chat, Jessica also talked about her current husband Eric Johnson (III). Having been married to the former NFL pro for nearly six years, the “I Wanna Love You Forever” singer claimed, “The moment I met Eric I was like these people can not come back to me because I’ve let these doors open way too many times and it’s been so destructive.” She added, “Once I met Eric, I truly changed everything.”
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