Thursday, August 03, 2006


What persuaded Jessica Simpson to let go of Nick Lachey, her onscreen husband?

Well, MTV not ordering any more series of the Newly Weds, obviously. But that's not a tale you could sell as an Our Tune to Simon Bates, so instead she's decided that playing Patty Griffin's Let Him Fly with Ashlee made her decide to end her fake marriage:

"We laid there listening to the song and just cried and cried
like babies," Jessica recalled. "In a lot of ways, my sister really gave me the strength to pull through this really hard time. And it was just lying there and being with her that got me through it. I knew everything would be OK. The song is about how sometimes you just have to know when to let something go. And that was that moment. And I had to sing it."

[fading up the theme from Rich Man, Poor Man] well... you're looking at your radio and saying "Simes, what happened?" Jessica played that song. She played it a lot and decided, yes, it was time to talk to her business manager about letting Nick go from the payroll. And now she's recorded a version of that song. Of course, sometimes it's still hard. Sometimes she still thinks about Nick - when she gets a cheque from the residuals for Newly Weds and thinks about the other half. When she can't remember if he was in NYSNC or New Edition or that other one. And sometimes she has a little cry, remembering the good times, thinking about the day they first met when she was casting the part of her husband. And then she'll play this song... and she knows she's made the right choice.

And that she can make a few more quid by recording a cover version of it.