A lot has changed since the young church girl Jessica Simpson chose a career as a performer. Her transition from a gospel artist to a pop star, successful albums, and her success as a reality TV star, is a clear indication of how successful businesswoman Jessica Simpson is. It’s been quite a journey for the American multi-talented icon, much more as a married woman with kids to take care of. Here in this article, we shall be looking at Simpson’s love life, her boyfriends, husband(s), and family.
Who is Jessica Simpson?
Jessica Ann Simpson was born as the first child of Joseph Simpson and Tina Ann Drew on the 10th of July 1980, in Abilene, Texas, United States. Her dad, a Baptist minister, and psychologist, and her mum a hairstylist also had another kid aside Jessica named Ashlee Simpson. Her parents who have now been divorced since 2013 got married in 1978. Her younger sister Ashlee is also a singer/songwriter and actress.
Due to the nature of Joseph Simpson’s job working for the church, Jessica and the rest of her family moved around the country a lot. She attended Amelia middle school in Cincinnati, Ohio. When her family moved back to Texas, Jessica attended J.J. Pearce High School and eventually dropped out so she could focus more on her career as a singer.
Jessica Simpson realized her vision to become a singer when she was only 11 years old. Back then, she sang in the church choir. The genre of her song at her young age was largely influenced by nature and the kind of home in which Jessica was born, a Christian home.
In the year before she became a teenager, she auditioned for the Mickey Mouse Club, where she sang Amazing grace and danced Ice Ice Baby. Jessica advanced through various levels winning in all the rounds she competed in, and then became one of the six semi-finalists, going up against the likes of today’s superstars Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Justin Timberlake. The talent hunt became more interesting as performances from other contenders were superb but Jessica couldn’t continue in the show after claiming she got a nervous breakdown after watching Christina Aguilera’s performance. Following her failed attempt to get into the Mickey Mouse Club, she returned to singing in the church choir. During one of her Church’s services, a gospel label head who was also a guest speaker noticed her singing talent when she sang an acapella version of Amazing Grace. He asked for an audition and young Jessica sang Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You and he quickly signed her to his record label.
Jessica soon began to audition at various events and sent her unreleased album Jessica to different labels and producers. Her numerous auditions eventually caught the eye of Tommy Mottola, the head of Columbia Records, who was at the time married to Mariah Carey. She signed for Columbia Records in July 1997. On signing with the new label, Jessica named her father as her manager and her mother as her stylist.
Jessica Simpson released her debut single titled I Wanna Love You Forever on September 28, 1999. It was ranked as number 3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and was also rated platinum for sales. Her debut album Sweet Kisses was released on November 23 and in the same year, she dropped her debut single. The album happened to be a success, selling over 65 thousand copies in the first week of its release and also made number 25 on the Billboard 200chart, also selling 4 million copies globally, with 2 million sold in the United States.
Jessica Simpson released her second studio album in May 2001 titled Irresistible. The album didn’t get as many ratings as her first album despite the fact that it sold 127,000 copies in the first week of its release, almost double what her first album sold in its first week after release. Irresistible was ranked number six on the Billboard 200 chart. It could only settle for a gold certification for sales, selling 500,000 copies in total.
In 2012, Jessica released a single titled Sweetest Sin which expressed her marriage to Nick Lackey and her being deflowered. The single didn’t generate many audiences. Her dad and manager then made a proposal to MTV about starring the newly wedded couple in a reality show. MTV bought the idea of the reality show and it premiered on August 19, 2003, as Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica. The show played a huge part in promoting Simpson’s third studio album and the album has since been regarded as her most successful to date. It sold over 7 million copies worldwide after it received a triple-platinum certification.
Jessica has two People’s Choice Awards to her name, a BMI Award, and seven Teen Choice Awards.
Who is Jessica Simpson Dating
There is no news as to whom Jessica Simpson is dating asides from her being married to ex-NFL star Eric Johnson.
Jessica Simpson’s Husband
Jessica Simpson is married to ex-NFL tight end, Eric Maxwell Johnson. Eric Johnson was born on September 15, 1979, in Needham, Massachusetts. He attended Needham High School and Belmont Hill School in Massachusetts before playing college football at Yale.
Johnson was drafted in 2001 by San Francisco 49ers in the seventh round and overall 224th pick. His time with the San Francisco outfit was mostly troubled by injuries. Of the six years he spent at the 49ers, he spent two complete seasons on the sidelines owing to injuries.
In 2007, he signed with New Orleans Saints, but spent only a year with his new side, when he was released after a year, he signed with the city of a jazz outfit.
The couple first started dating in May 2010. Two years on, they announced the birth of their first child, Maxwell Drew Johnson.
In the same year, their daughter was born, Jessica announced she was pregnant with the couple’s second child. And on June 30, 2013, Jessica gave birth to a baby boy. The couple named him Ace Knute Johnson.
During the time the couple had both kids, they were yet to be married. On July 5, 2014, the pair eventually sealed their love and got married at a ceremony held in California.
Past Relationships & Boyfriends
Prior to her marriage to Eric Johnson, Jessica Simpson was married to American actor, singer, and reality star, Nick Lackey between 2002 and 2005. It was with Nick Lackey that she did the reality show Newlywed: Nick and Jessica. Their divorce in 2005 brought an end to their reality TV show on MTV.
She has also been in a number of other relationships with:
1. American musician, songwriter, producer, poet, and professional wrestling magnate, Billy Corgan in 2009.
2. NFL quarterback Tony Romo between 2007 to 2009.
3. Swedish Model Marcus Schenkenberg in 2007.
4. Songwriter John Mayer between 2006 and 2007.
5. Standup comedian Dane Cook in 2006.
6. Lead singer of the popular Maroon 5 band, Adam Levine between 2004 and 2006.