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Jessica Simpson Doesn't Regret Filming 'Newlyweds' With Nick Lachey, Here's Why

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By Brooklyn Denton

Jessica Simpson recently revealed that she doesn't have any regrets about filming the hit series Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica with ex-husband Nick Lachey. Despite their relationship ultimately ending in divorce, Simpson says that there is nothing to regret.

The singer turned successful entrepreneur, 39, starred in the MTV reality show that would become the blueprint to the reality TV we see today. Simpson and Lachey got married and immediately after began filming for the show, an experience that continued for three seasons.

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Simpson appeared on Ryan Seacrest's On! Air radio show where she recalled, "We were newlyweds. It was our first time even living together. I was a virgin."

Simpson famously saved her viriginty for her wedding night to Lachey in 2002. As a proud owner of a purity ring (which her father gifted her when she was 12 years old), Simpson took her faith seriously and that extended into her love life. "Of all the things about myself, staying a virgin until my wedding night is the thing that makes me most proud," she said about her V-card.


According to the fashion designer, her dad and former manager was the mastermind behind the reality show. "I really want people to understand you and know that you're human," Simpson said her father told her at the time.

When the pair married in 2002, Simpson was only 22 years old and although she had made an impact in her career as a singer, the launch of Newlyweds and its subsequent success would be the start of a very lucrative and long-standing career for her.

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The marriage might have ended after four years, but the lasting effect the success of the hit MTV show had on Simpson's career is felt and very appreciated. She told Seacrest, "[The show is] what launched my brand. Absolutely I would go back and do it all over again. It's never something I wouldn't do again, I just, you know, maybe wouldn't have done a third season."

Simpson has been in the midst of promo on the heels of the release of her memoir Open Book.

Simpson's demeanor throughout her press run has been in a similar air as the book's title, as Simpson has been forthcoming of details regarding her previous marriage's highs and lows as well as the road to her recovery from substance abuse.

In a Today show interview, she touched on how she felt about filming during the days where her marriage to Lachey was on its last legs. "I would watch episodes back and I didn't like what I saw. I saw what people were laughing at and what was loving about it, but I also saw a lot of eye-rolling and that wasn't just editing."

According to Open Book, Simpson shared that things only got worse when the cameras weren't around. She wrote in her memoir, “We were young and pioneering our way through reality television, always mic'd and always on. We worked and we were great at it but when it came time to being alone, we weren’t great at it anymore.”

Despite her first marriage not being successful, Simpson got married a second time to former athlete Eric Johnson and the two seem to be relatively happy. Together, they have three children: Maxwell, 7, Ace, 6, and Birdie Mae, 11 months.

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