Former pop star gone magnate Jessica Simpson made her fortune by taking risks and acting on the “why not’s” of life—not by any means through ex-husband Nick Lachey. In fact, according to Simpson her marriage to Lachey was one of her worst financial mistakes. OUCH.
The two may have once been hopelessly in love at some point, a match made in heaven when they debuted their newfound love on Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica on MTV, when Simpson was everyone’s favorite dumb blond in love with her man. (Not such a dumb blond after all, huh?) The two singing sensations were married for four years, from 2002-2006, but have since moved on from their old flame. Lachey now has two children with his wife, TV personality Vanessa Minnillo, whom he married last year. Similarly, Simpson has two children with her husband, former San Francisco 49er Eric Johnson, and oh…she also runs her booming billion dollar company.
In celebration of The Jessica Collection’s 10th anniversary, Simpson appeared on CNBC’s “Closing Bell” this past Thursday with host Kelly Evans, who wanted to know more about Simpson’s success, including any financial mistakes that she’s made.
Simpson responded, “The biggest money mistakes? I don’t know. For some reason I thought of my first marriage.”
It was cute. It was naive. It was probably not a shot at her ex-husband, who is presumably very happy and could probably care less. Besides, Evans quickly interjected, “That’s actually a common answer.”
Are the two better off without each other? Well, history would say yes as Simpson’s business continues to thrive and the whole ditsy blond act has been retired. Yeah, I’d Jessica is most definitely laughing all the way to the bank.