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The popular singer and songwriter Ashlee Simpson, also spelt as ‘Ashley’, is the younger sister of the American pop star and fashion designer Jessica Simpson. She is particularly known for her debut record, Autobiography and her participation in the reality show, Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica.
Not only is the Texas-born American citizen known for her widely welcomed songs that have made great sales all around the world, her dance skills as recognised in her sister’s debut album Sweet Kisses also helped her rise to fame. Ashlee is no doubt one of the few young female pop-rock stars who are destined to take the world by surprise.
Biography and age
Ashlee was born Ashlee Nicolle Simpson on October 3, 1984. She was born in Waco, Texa to a homemaker mom Tina Ann (née Drew) and a Psychologist father Joseph Truett “Joe” Simpson. She is four years younger than her pop singer sister, Jessica Simpson. Together with her sister, young Ashlee attended Prairie Creek Elementary and North Junior High School which was, located in Richardson, Texas where they were raised by their highly religious parents before they relocated to Los Angeles, California.
At the age of three, cute-looking young Ashlee Simpson was already establishing her moves as a ballet dancer, She was then sent to School of American Ballet at the age of 11 in order to perfect her dancing skills. While her sister Jessica was taking steps into her career as a singer, Ashlee was already appearing in television commercials with her father serving as her agent. She also had a stint in acting, hence, she made a minor appearance in an American television sitcom, of Malcolm in the Middle and in the 2002 American Comedy teen film, The Hot Chick. These two further opened the way to her higher roles in the TV series. For instance, she was given a major role in the Comedy TV series 7th Heaven, where she played Cecilia Smith in the series’ 40 episodes. While doing that, young Ashlee was also playing as herself in the 2003-2005 reality TV series Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica and The Ashlee Simpson Show.
Despite being so engaged in her acting career, Ashlee never left her dancing career behind. She would join her sister on stage as a backup dancer before she released her first single, Just Let Me Cry for the 2003 movie, Freaky Friday. This track led to her fast rise to fame and even earned her a record deal with Geffen Records. Between 2004 and 2005, Ashlee released her debut and hit album Autobiography, she formed her own reality TV series and also appeared on her sister’s reality show. Her studio album was featured on the Billboard 200, making an instant hit while her show garnered rave reviews from American audiences.
Ashlee Simpson recorded her third album, Ambivalent World in 2007 alongside producers like Timbaland, Chad Hugo and Kenna Unlike her first two albums, the album received mixed reviews because it was not like her first two which were purely pop-like. In 2016, the young artiste announced her retirement from her acting career in order to pay more attention to her music career.
Ashlee Simpson has garnered a net worth of about $8 million from her three studio albums and her acting career. In the first week of the release of her first album, it was ranked #1 on the Billboard album charts with sales of 398,000 copies. She made more from her other albums and acting career where she was paid handsomely for each TV series she took part in.
Aside from her career earnings, the well-known musician has her own particular dress line called, Wet Seal. For her active performances, she won a Teen Choice Award for Choice Fresh Face, in 2004, the MTV Asia Award for Favorite Breakthrough Artist in 2005, the BMI Award for her song Pieces of Me in 2006 and in 2008, she won an MVPA Award for the single, Outta My Head (Ay Ya Ya) for the category of Best Art Direction. On social media, the blonde beauty has a massive followership which includes 574k followers on Instagram, 2.74 million followers on Twitter and more than 362k followers on Facebook.
Ashlee Simpson Married, Husband, Boyfriend, Kids
As multi-talented as she is, Ashlee became a public figure mostly admired by the opposite sex and as such, she had several relationships with famous people in the entertainment industry. Among her boyfriends was Josh Henderson whom she dated for almost two years, from 2002 to 2004 and Ryan Cabrera, a musician like herself. She finally settled to marry an American bassist, lyricist, and backing vocalist for the American rock band Fall Out Boy, Pete Wentz, on May 17, 2008. The marriage ceremony was held at Simpson’s parents’ residence in Encino, California, with Ashlee’s father officiating it.
Ashlee then had her name changed to Ashlee Simpson-Wentz and by November 20 the couple had their son whom they named Bronx Mowgli Wentz. Ashlee filed for a divorce from Wentz on February 9, 2011, citing irreconcilable differences and asked that her maiden name be restored. The divorce was finalized on November 22, 2011, and shortly after her separation, she started dating Vincent Piazza, an actor best known for his role in the HBO television series Boardwalk Empire.
Ashlee’s relationship with the American actor of Italian descent lasted for just a year and half before she left him to hook up with another actor, Evan Ross. They exchanged marital vows on Augusts 30, 2014, at Diana Ross’s estate in Connecticut and by July 2015, Ashlee had already had her second child, a girl named Jagger Snow. The same year, she signed to change her name to her husband’s original legal surname, Ross-Næss. 5 feet 7 inches tall Ashlee is currently enjoying her marriage with her husband and two kids.