Jessica Simpson is no stranger to body-shaming comments — she’s been famous for 25 years, after all — but “it hurts.” The 42-year-old entrepreneur spoke with Bustle about scrutiny over her weight, most recently, that she’s too thin. While she had no problem addressing haters, the singer was more coy when it came to rumors about Mark Wahlberg.
Simpson’s appearance made headlines in November when her sponsored post for Pottery Barn Kids went viral for the wrong reasons. Some on social media were convinced she was using Ozempic due to her petite figure, the FDA-approved diabetes medication that many in Hollywood (and beyond) are using as a weight-loss drug.
“Oh Lord. I mean, it is not [Ozempic],” Simpson declared, “it’s willpower. I’m like, do people want me to be drinking again? Because that’s when I was heavier. Or they want me to be having another baby? My body can’t do it.”
Simpson is more than five years sober. She detailed her struggle with alcohol and 20-year addiction to diet pills in her best-selling memoir, Open Book. The singer’s weight fluctuation has coincided with the ups and downs of life, not to mention her three pregnancies. (She and husband Eric Johnson are parents to Maxwell Drew, 11, Ace Knute, 10, and Birdie Mae, 4.)