At 12, she was turned down for the Mickey Mouse Club (of which Britney Spears was a member), but she managed to get her singing career off the ground and became opening act for then-boyfriend Nick Lachey’s boy band, 98 Degrees. Eventually, her star eclipsed Lachey’s, in part because of their hit MTV show, Newlyweds. A pop idol for her singing career and TV show before ever attempting movies, Simpson made her on-screen debut in The Dukes of Hazzard. Not the most auspicious start (hey, she did turn down Coyote Ugly), but it was her first attempt at something new.
1. She announced on TV that she would remain a virgin until her wedding night.
2. She reportedly has an IQ of 160.
3. Her dad is a psychologist and Baptist minister in addition to managing her career.
4. She hates massages.
5. One of the people she most admires is Dolly Parton.
“Nick and I both feel the weight of the tabloids on our shoulders. As long as we don’t believe it, as long as we love each other and we’re strong, everything is workable. I don’t even know if that’s a word, but it sounds right.”
— Hollywood Life, July/August 2005
Husband: Nick Lachey, singer, born Nov. 9, 1973; married Oct. 26, 2002; filed for divorce Dec. 16, 2005
Sister: Ashlee Simpson, singer, born Oct. 8, 1984