However, despite that success, none of her other music reached that level of success. She would always be a B-rate pop singer in the shadows of Britney and Christina. Unless she found a hook that they didn’t have. Like a virgin marriage. After the second album “Irresistible” failed to catch on, she reunited with her ex-boyfriend Nick Lachey, married him and lost her virginity. Boom. A new angle for J. Simps. Shortly after marrying Nick, the two went on to star on the now infamous Newlyweds reality show on MTV. Everyone watched it and everyone loved it and that’s why it won the People’s Choice Award in 2005 for best reality show.
Suddenly the pop star turned into a reality star. Something her two main rivals didn’t have going for them.
As we all know, Jessica came off like a complete idiot on the show, leading us all to point at her and laugh.
However a quote from an Entertainment Tonight clip quotes her as saying the following in 2003:
“I am ditzy at times,” she told ET at the shoot, “but I’m not dumb, by any means. I think the way I’m portrayed is funny. I love to watch it with Nick and just laugh at myself … I think that’s the healthy way to look at the show.”
There you go. Her entire career plan wrapped up in a forgotten quote. After the allure of watching a ditz on TV wore off, Jessica moved onto to the next stage of her career. Divorcing Nick Lachey and turning into a country star. While I don’t think she planned on divorcing Nick Lachey, it helped her reinvent herself as a new woman, with new goals. Nothing says country star quite like a broken heart.
Her single “Come On Over” proved to be a hit in the country music world and she spent time off our radars (our radars referring to people who don’t follow country music), getting into that scene. But we remembered her in 2008 when a group of people booed her at the Country Thunder Festival in Wisconsin and said things like, ”I just don’t hear the country in her; I don’t hear the twang. She’s not good enough to be here.”
She responded simply 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 that I’m just a girl from Texas; I’m just like you. I’m doing what I love and dating a boy.”
You know, continuing on with her narrative about being a simple girl, just trying to live the simple life. A simple life that happens to take place in the public eye. That’s all. But I think she knew that her time in the country scene was limited. She needed to do something new. Something to keep people talking about her. Back to reality TV.