The Ballad of Jessica Simpson A little bit country and a little bit rocky road
POP STAR. REALITY TV STAR. TABLOID STAR. Country music star? Although Jessica Simpson’s celebrity wattage has gone through its share of phases, flares and flops and a lot of people would expect her to appear on TMZ over CMT these days, Simpson—bless her Texan heart—is doing her damnedest to make her move to torch-and-twang work. Over the phone from Santa Monica, minutes before facing a crowded press conference for Do You Know—her first disc of full-on country music—the 28-year-old explains why she ran away from Hollywood and ended up in Nashville.
“It was hard for me to understand myself [in pop] because I had so many different opinions and so many different people telling me who I am. I was second-guessing myself,” says Simpson. “Now, I feel like I have my own voice. I’m a 28-year-old woman and the last time I talked to people I was 24. A lot happens in four years. I learn from my mistakes. So if people say I need to conform to what they feel will make me successful, I tell them to kiss my butt.”
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