Jessica Ann Simpson was born on July 10th 1980 in Abilene Texas. She has a younger sister Ashlee Simpson who is also rising to fame. Jessica began singing at the age of twelve in her Baptist church choir. Around this time she made it through to the final stages for The New Mickey Mouse Club. However, just losing out to up and coming singer’s stars like Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake.
After Jessica Simpson failed to make the Mickey Mouse Club she was helped into making the move to tour on the road. Working with the Christian Youth Concert circuit, Jessica sang her own songs from her album and selling it after her performances. This was very successful and helped Jessica to gain experience in performing live to audiences.
Word spread about Jessica Simpson and her great singing talent and skills and this meant her records were selling like gold dust. Pop and Christian music fans both enjoyed her sound and she charmed them with her crystal clear singing voice. With this increased popularity it encouraged Jessica on further. She was first discovered when singing at a church camp by the head of a small contemporary Christian record label, which then went on to produce and record an album. Unfortunately for Jessica the label went under before the record could be released. Columbia Records picked up a copy of the album and believed she had very strong potential to succeed as a pop star.
Simpson released her first album Sweet Kisses in 1999. This first release hit the U.S. Billboard two hundred charts, peaking at twenty five and going on into the top forty of the UK charts. The debut album was hot property going platinum and selling two million copies in the U.S. The first single I Wanna Love You Forever reached the top five in the U.S. Billboard Hot one hundred and top ten in the UK.
The follow up single, included a duet with then boyfriend Nick Lachey of boy band 98 Degrees, including the last single from the album, I Think I'm in Love with You. 2000 was very memorable year for Jessica Simpson as she won two Teen Choice Awards for Choice Breakout Artist and Love Song of the Year Where You Are.
Popular songs that came from the Sweet Kisses album included: I Wanna Love You Forever, I Think I'm in Love with You, Where You Are (feat. Nick Lachey) and Woman In Me (feat. Destiny's Child).
Jessica Simpson returned with her second album in June 2001 titled Irresistible and reached the top ten of the Billboard two hundred and made top twenty in the Canadian album music chart. This album sold more than her debut album and has been certified gold in the U.S. for selling over five hundred thousand copies. The title track Irresistible, reached the top twenty in the U.S. The follow up to the lead single was named A Little Bit and unfortunately failed to impress.
Popular songs that came from the Irresistible album included: Irresistible and There You Were (Duet With Marc Anthony).
American singer actress Jessica Simpson may be very successful in several fields, but her life has been dogged with controversy.
In 2004 she endorsed George W. Bush for U.S. President but, was later said to have snubbed him by cancelling an appearance at a 2006 Republican fundraiser in Washington DC. Manager Joe Simpson said that even though he and Jessica were "big supporters" of the President when he invited them, they felt it was inappropriate to attend a political fundraiser.
Two years later she was in trouble again when she was seen with her boyfriend Tony Romo wearing a T-shirt that said "Real Girls Eat Meat". It was seen as a slur on Romo's ex-girlfriend Carrie Underwood who was a vegetarian.
PETA criticised her stating "Jessica Simpson's meaty wardrobe malfunction makes us thankful that no-one is looking to her for food advice. Chicken-of-the-sea anyone? The woman who thought that butterfly wings came from buffaloes would benefit from some good veggie brain food."
On July 19th 2008 she performed at the Country Thunder Festival in Wisconsin and was booed by the crowd. She also received a poor reception from country music critics but she responded by saying "I don't know what your perception is of Jessica Simpson, or what tabloid you buy but I just want you to know I am just a girl from Texas. I'm just like you and I'm doing what I love and dating a boy."
The "boy" she was dating was Dallas Cowboy's quarterback Tony Romo which had not been welcomed by some Cowboy's fans. She was blamed when he had poor football performances and some fans gave her the nickname "Yoko Romo" in comparison to "Yoko Ono" as many Beatles fans blamed her for ruining John Lennon.
Even President Bush endorsed the "Jessica Jinx" when the Giants went on to win the Super Bowl in 2008. During the traditional White House reception for the winning team he joked "We're going to send Jessica Simpson to the Democratic National Convention."
Simpson's rise to fame in 1999 with various milestones, records, TV shows, films, commercials and her hair and beauty products. She sold 20 million records worldwide and had 3 gold and 2 multi-platinum certified studio albums.
In 1999 she began dating 98 Degrees group member Nick Lachey but they cooled their relationship two years later. The terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers made her realise Lachey was the one she wanted to spend the rest of her life with and they were reconciled, finally getting married on October 26th 2002. She famously announced she had remained a virgin until her marriage.
She starred with Lachey in the MTV reality show "Newlyweds Nick and Jessica" and in April 2004 "Jessica Simpson Dessert" was launched after co-founders Randi Shinder and Simpson designed a line of edible perfume lip gloss and other beauty products under the "Dessert Beauty" brand.
A parallel line named "Dessert Treats" was launched the following year marketed to a younger audience. She also launched a line of hair and beauty products with stylist Ken Paves and she created a line of handbags, shoes and boots.
In November 2005, after months of press speculation, Simpson and Lachey announced their separation and she filed for divorce on December 16th. The divorce was finalised on June 30th 2006 and she said she knew the marriage was over when he refused to join her on a charity trip to Africa, even though it was on their 3rd wedding anniversary.
They sold their Calabasas mansion where "Newlyweds" was filmed and she said she was shocked that Lachey had started dating again only three weeks after their break-up.
In May 2010 Jessica Simpson began dating former NFL player Eric Johnson who had separated from his wife Keri in October 2009 after five years of marriage. His divorce was finalised on October 7th 2010 and on November 14th Simpson and Johnson announced their engagement.