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Photo of Jessica Simpson on September 2008 Cover of Elle Magazine

Jessica Simpson Gives 'Em Elle

Jessica Simpson flashes her famous big smile — and her country wardrobe — on the September cover of Elle. Jess has a new album, a doting boyfriend, and a close-knit family and seems really happy at this point in her life. Things weren't always this way though, and the singer opens up about her past troubles, including a surprising revelation about abuse, in her interview. Here's more:

  • On her new song about abuse: "I had to record that. There’s nothing on my album that you’re gonna hear that I don’t relate to or that I haven’t experienced. Because the only way I know how to sing is from life experience. I don’t want to talk about it, but I have definitely experienced abuse in a way that I would tell people to take their heart and run."
  • On Joe Simpson running her life: "That’s ludicrous. He just wants me to be happy. Our whole family gets beaten, but that just brings us closer. So people are really doing themselves a disservice."
  • On past problems with love: "I was going through a lot of pain. I didn’t try anything to change my life other than dating different types of guys and conforming to their worlds. I thought I had to be artsier, more intellectual."

To hear what Jess has to say about Tony Romo, messing up in front of Dolly Parton, and even her relationship with John Mayer just


  • On messing up on stage: "I was singing ‘9 to 5’ and I choked and forgot the words in front of the president and in front of Dolly Parton, who’s like the president to me. And the last time I sang in front of the president , I had messed up the lyrics to ‘God Bless America’ so its kind of a thing I have with George W. Anyway, I broke down and said I’m sorry in front of the whole audience. My dad was there. I looked him in the face and said, ‘I will never sing again.’"
  • On John Mayer: "John believed in the Jessica Simpson that’s within. He cherished our love. He helped make me the woman I am today. John is going to be an amazing man for someone, but I know that I was supposed to be with someone else."
  • On Tony Romo: "Most of the guys I dated were captivated by my heart but they had different ways of trying to get to me. Tony understands me. He appreciates my talent. He’s the first person I’ve spiritually connected with. I’m a girl that loves to be in love. I love love!"
  • On people disliking her: "So many people want to bring me down, and I can’t wait to prove them wrong."
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italianblonde italianblonde 8 years
Something looks weird about her legs here. I'm kinda excited...I might buy this mag!! :)!
cutiekat88 cutiekat88 8 years
its too photoshop but she looks pretty.
raieven raieven 8 years
eew I can TOTALLY imagine Andrew Keegan being an abusive type.
Lelee Lelee 8 years
lol at jaxton on the abuse! poor jess... no matter what she says or does she never shown at her best... its like shes been typecast as an idiot...poor thing , i like her! :(
Mindbolt Mindbolt 8 years
LOL jaan_black. My sentiments exactly!! But seriously, she should learn to keep some mystery. This WHY the media rips her family to shreds. Because she won't shut up! I think she has a good heart, truly! But she needs some smarts!!!!
MizCrystal MizCrystal 8 years
Jessica has the rights to record whatever song she wants AND she has the rights NOT to reveal too much about the abuse...she said the first time she heard the song, she that means she can relate to it...the purpose of the song is to ENCOURAGE women to take their heart and run away from guys... I already listen to the's such a GREAT song written by victoria banks and rachel proctor...if her other songs are as great as that song, i can bet her country album is going to be a happy for her...she FINALLY make a great album...
ladylove ladylove 8 years
Mykie7, with all do respect, I think based on your own personal experience, you are biased on this subject. I too watched the show, own the DVD's as well. That man was not an abuser to her. Jessica dated Andrew Keegan, Jensen Ackles, Dan Karaty before and after her brief split with Nick before they married. How in the world do you use a reality show as evidence of his abuse? I'm disgusted that you automatically suggest that it was this particular man whatever happened to pressumed innocent until proven guilty? Nobody knows the real Jessica Simpson. SHE was the one that broke off their relationship when they dated because she wanted to "date celebrities", her own words. SHE said that it was a horrible experience, and SHE was the one that wanted Nick Lachey back.
cherry-euphoria cherry-euphoria 8 years
Am I the only one who noticed the weird legs... Jessica.. just stop trying! It's not cute anymore...!
Mykie7 Mykie7 8 years
I just never realized how completely catty women are. People just amaze me. Maybe I'm oversensitive on this issue, but I'm telling you, I have NEVER seen this much derision toward another woman in my LIFE.
Libragirl Libragirl 8 years
I'm just wondering who put her through any abuse? The first man in her life was Nick and I think she's referring to him. Shes' just a spoiled brat who can't cook, can't clean up after herself, and doesn't have a clue about anything. Whats up with her, I think she just wants attention. 8)
Mykie7 Mykie7 8 years
I am actually utterly disgusted by the comments I've read, and how this woman has been condemned. Personally, I DO believe her, and again I only have to site the show. It wasn't that he called her stupid "a couple of times" it was ongoing. Constant. And I'm sure that they had a confidentiality agreement written into their divorce, which is why neither of them talk about why they broke up. Ever notice that? Nah, of course not because everyone is too busy vilifying this girl. It's really disgusts me and makes me worried for the state of society.
hottinpink9021 hottinpink9021 8 years
I'm confused, is she saying Nick abused her?!?!? Cause that can not be true!!!!! She is just saying that for attention and pity. Oh and her picture is photoshopped so bad it looks like her leg is bent out of shape and deformed.
Gigger Gigger 8 years
So after she forgot the words to "9-5" she said she was never going to sing again....WHAT HAPPENED???? Ok, Chestica list: 1. Become a country singer, because pop career over---Check 2. Lie about being abused to get the country women to listen - Check 3. Continue to blab on about relationships to make it look like men actually want me---Check 4. Push the sexual abuse by my father further back in my mind..I think it is behind the milk---Check 5. Get photoshopped into oblivion---Check 6. Get booed by actual country fans---Wait---ehhh 7. Have all recent movies made released immediately on DVD----Wait---Daddy I'm confused 8. GO AWAY!!!
KCSunshine KCSunshine 8 years
Oh Jessica just give it up. She fails at everything. Somewhere Carrie Underwood is laughing her ass off at this sad display of trying way too hard.
ElenaEv ElenaEv 8 years
I like her. Not so much as an artist, but more like a person who thinks it's ok to be goofy and it's not necessary everybody to agree with what you say.
Dollylo Dollylo 8 years
I don't understand why she's always speaking about her relationship!!?? :puzzled: Who cares??? :embarassed:
Ineedclarity Ineedclarity 8 years
Why waste the big fall issue on her? Geeze. Not looking forward to getting this in mail.
missjenny22 missjenny22 8 years
she started out doing gospel, then pop, now country... she really doesnt even know who she is yet.... that why she keeps changing it up.... i do agree thats a horrible cover... and outfit.. i wonder what her cd sounds like....
romes romes 8 years
perezhilton has both photos on his website. I also read the whole interview. I'm not surprised that she stooped to imply abuse but refuses to talk about it. She's desperate for any attention. She didn't write the song. You'd think that she's learned her lesson about talking about her exes. Just par for the course for her and Pap Joe. She has no integrity.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Papa Joe seems more likely to have abused her than any other male figure in her life.
Juicylemon Juicylemon 8 years
Pink, I know It's scary !
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 8 years
Jessica deserves happiness just like all of us. But she still has a lot of work to do when it comes to her inner self. I am personally beginning to think that Jessica’s relationships and Nick’s is a competition of some sick sorts. Now there are rumors that Vanessa is wearing an engagement ring. So let me get this sort of straight..... So Jessica was abused ((so she could sell more CD’s in September)) And Nick is possibly engaged ((Now possible attention thrown his way so that people can remember that he also has a CD coming out in September)) Such sad ass people in Hollyweird. Sad, sad, sad.
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 8 years
Mingomom.......I completely agree with your last statement. "If she "definitely experienced abuse" in a way that she would "tell people to take their heart and run" then why isn't she using her celebrity to help domestic violence victims through fundraising and consciousness-raising?" Celebrities are so darn SAD. The things they will do to themselves and to each other just to gain attention to get another buck. I don't know if Nick was abusive or not. But if he was then I'm sure Joe Simpson would have made sure the Newlyweds presented him that way just so people could feel more for Jessica, therefore buying more of her things out of pity or whatever. Yes, Nick may have called her stupid a few times (I didn’t personally hear it ) but wasn’t Jessica acting that way anyway most of the time embarrassing them in public and around their friends, she was acting stupid. I mean it gets to a point to where the stupid naive act is no longer cute. Jessica goes back on her words too much. She also can’t remember what she says from magazine to magazine. Jessica will say something and make it so that she meant John Mayer, then in another article she’ll say the same thing but then she’ll change the name and say that it was Tony that first made her feel that way about something. And did she not say that her and Nick’s souls were connected too? Jessica can be so full of it sometimes. I don’t hate the girl but she needs to keep her stories straight, even when she’s running her mouth unnecessarily for publicity sake. And I say unnecessarily because I am one of those people that she cannot change when it comes to my opinion of her.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
On a roll I'm sorry typing to fast ha ha
prncssann1 prncssann1 8 years
Photo shopped or not, she's still a pretty girl.
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