The Ballad of Jessica Simpson

A little bit country and a little bit rocky road

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The Ballad of Jessica Simpson
A little bit country and a little bit rocky road

Jessica Simpson

 
Jessica Simpson

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.”

Elio Iannacci

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