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Jessica Simpson puts weight issues behind her

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Jessica Simpson is no stranger to unsavoury headlines. In March this year, her ex-boyfriend John Mayer gave an interview to Playboy magazine, describing his sex life with the star in graphic detail. US Magazine took a peek:

“Sexually it was crazy. That’s all I’ll say,” he said. “It was like napalm, sexual napalm. Did you ever say, ‘I want to quit my life and just f*****’ snort you? If you charged me $10,000 to f*** you, I would start selling all my s*** just to keep f****** you.”

A speechless Jessica refused to comment on Mayer’s observations, but later admitted she couldn’t read the article because it upset her too much. “It made me so sad. It was so discouraging, because that’s not the John I knew,” she said on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

In early 2009, Simpson’s personal life came under the scrutiny of the press once more. The 29-year-old whipped up a media frenzy by stepping out in a pair of high-waisted jeans, showing off her not-so-skinny frame. Shock and embarrassment aside, Simpson said she felt guilt when stories about her “mom jeans” broke.

“The sad part about it is that when everything came out, I didn’t want to sit down and talk to anyone about it because I felt guilty,” she told Oprah. “I felt like if people look at me and they’re a size bigger, they think they’re fat because of what the media was saying. I didn’t want to feed into it.”

In fact, the attention became so overwhelming the singer claims it began to seriously affecting her state of mind:

“The judgment of people. … Those voices are sometimes in my head when I fall asleep,” she admitted.

But Simpson was not prepared to slip into depression and has been working hard at getting her self-esteem back.

Now she says: “I’m comfortable with me. I love my curves. I’m not ever going to be a size 0 and weigh 90 pounds.”

Earlier this year, the star appeared in a new reality TV series on VH1 called “The Price of Beauty”, where she travelled around the world finding out how far people are prepared to go in order to look good.

Having paid the price of beauty herself, Simpson revealed her sensitive side on the show.

“I’m very vulnerable (and) very open. I don’t have anything to hide,” she remarked, according to the Associated Press. “I want people to know I am just a normal girl that faces normal issues just like everyone else.”

Other celebrities who have battled weight issues include Sarah Rue, Nia Vardalos, Drew Carey,  Kyra Sedgwick and John Goodman.

Images: Wikimedia Commons

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