Responding to the Rumors
February 16, 2005
Whether it's Ashlee Simpson's "SNL"
lip-synch debacle, father Joe's comments about Jessica's
sexy image or the constant rumors of Jessica and Nick's
breakup, the tabloids never stop running front page
stories on the Simpson family.
Now, in an exclusive interview with "Extra,"
Ashlee and Joe Simpson set the record straight.
It's been a tumultuous year for Ashlee. There
was the booing at the Orange Bowl and the infamous
"Saturday Night Live" scandal seen worldwide
(and even shown on her own MTV reality show).
So how does she feel about these events?
"['SNL'] definitely was blown out of proportion,"
Ashlee told us. "Everybody messes up, and
I've learned how to deal with that, which has
been a good thing."
Joe Simpson -- Ashlee and Jessica's father/manager
-- is also learning to deal, having endured the
untrue tabloid headlines about both of his children.
"The hardest thing to do is just keep my
mouth shut," Joe admitted.
Joe himself has been criticized for a quote he
gave to GQ magazine about Jessica. He said, "Jessica
never tries to be sexy. She's got double Ds. You
can't cover those suckers up."
But Joe says he was taken out of context. "That
interview was an all-day interview," he told
us. "Look, this is a girl who's had this
problem since 7th grade. We've always had to deal
with it. She's sexy in this, she's sexy in that.
I can't hide the fact that Jessica has boobs."
"I don't ever get that fight," Ashlee
Now, Ashlee is kicking off her very first concert
tour. Her debut album sold more than three-and-a-half
million copies and despite everything she's been
through, she's having the time of her life living
her dream. "The point of my tour is not to
be perfect," she insisted. "It's to
sweat, play with my band and have a good time."
And despite all of Ashlee's problems, Joe told
us, "People are still buying tickets. They're
still watching television and still buying her
Ashlee's 40-city tour opens Wednesday night in