Jessica Simpson Used The Gift Of Song To Hit Back At Those Who Were Concerned About Her Behavior And Appearance In A Pottery Barn Ad
For pretty much all of Jessica Simpson’s storied career, people have had a lot to say about her body, whether it was Jessica’s toned Daisy Duke legs, Met Gala Chestica, or her tragic chili-cookoff high-waisted jeans. And though her time spent in the spotlight has dwindled now that she can just sit around and count her fashion line money, not much about the way people dissect her looks has changed; because a couple of days ago, Jessica appeared in a Pottery Barn Instagram ad video and commenters expressed shock and snark at her thin frame and slow drawl.
According to Hollywood Life, the ad, where Jessica yanked out her daughter Birdie Mae’s pacifier (probably) before giving viewers a tour of her Pottery Barnified room, set in motion a comment section full of people asking her, “Are you okay?” Many commented on Jessica’s weight–and in a world where a free Britney Spears sweatily twirls across our Instagram feed thrice daily in the same outfit–her mental state and speech.
Jessica’s fans were concerned over the singer’s weight and speech in the Pottery Barn ad, where she gave a tour of her 3-year-old daughter Birdie‘s room. “Is she ok?” one fan asked, while another wrote, “something seems off…” One fan said that Jessica’s eyes look “sunken.” Fans also compared to Jessica to Britney Spears, who has similarly exhibited unusual behavior on social media.
Here’s the ad:
Jessica has battled alcohol addiction, but maintains that she’s been sober since a sad Halloween five years ago when she was too drunk to help put her kids’ costumes on; so, to be fair, the public’s barometer for her behavior is probably a little more sensitive now. In response to the PB ad criticism comments, Jessica decided to sing to a backing track (“oh, what the FUCK is that shit?!” wailed her sister, Ashlee Simpson Ross, in mid-jig) to one of her songs about self-love while looking at herself in the mirror and giving the camera uncomfortable amounts of eye contact.
Jessica shared an Instagram video of herself singing along to her 2020 song “Party of One,” where she emphasized the line “I don’t give a f*ck about you.” The singer also wrote out a lengthy message in the Nov. 6 post and said she was “deeply” hurt by the online criticism she received.
“I needed to be in my studio today because this is where I ground myself and heal,” Jessica began in her message. “As much as I have learned to block out destructive noise…peoples’ comments and judgements can still hurt deeply with their incessant nagging ‘you will never be good enough.’ ” The mom-of-three mentioned that she’s been sober for five years and has learned that she “can and always will get through it.”
Jessica continued, “I am capable of pretty much anything I care enough about to put my mind to. I am present. I am deeply inspired. I am determined. I am honest. I care about other people. After grounding myself just now with my voice and the lyrics across my heart, I feel compassion for the opinionated hate that some people can so effortlessly just blurt out with such intensity on social media or in the media in general.”
The “With You” hitmaker admitted that she feels “anxious,” “insecure”, “angry”, and “defensive”, but found comfort by singing while staring at herself in the mirror to “understand” herself. “I can connect with my heartbeat. I am stable and strong,” she explained. “I am home.” Jessica implored her followers to live their dreams and never give up no matter what. “Stay true to YOU. It has worked for me in this chaotic life thus far,” she wrote. “Nothin’ and nobody will rob me of my joy. Ya might come close but it is mine too.”
And here’s Jessica singing off the haters:
Nothing says “I don’t give a fuck about you” and “nothing will rob me of my joy,” like blasting out a long-captioned, premeditated, morose video of you singing an entire track to your 6.1 million followers. I’m also not so sure this video allayed “concerns” like she’d hoped it would–because her face that people said was too gaunt being even closer to the camera this time than it was in the original PB video aside–my main worry now is that menagerie of draped fabric and tchotchkes being ignited as she accidentally smacks over one of those lit candles with her Celine Dion-style sang-fanning and chest slapping.