As Jessica Simpson held her new daughter, Maxwell Drew, in her arms, while her fiancé Eric Johnson looked on, her happiness was complete — yet she was also aware that the clock was ticking.
The performer, who heads a fashion empire that reportedly grosses $1 billion a year and has a starring role on the reality competition show Fashion Star, may be cracking under the intense pressure to get back to work as quickly as possible — a situation that also upsets Eric, 32. He hoped that once their daughter was born (she entered the world on May 1), Jessica, 31, would take a break from her busy schedule.
"The sky's the limit," Jessica said in an interview with OK!, while promoting Fashion Star in February. "Even with music and acting and being a mom and anything else that I want to do, I know that I can do it. Life is definitely always about expanding. That's how we grow."
Easy to say at the time — but now that the reality of being a mom has set in, Jessica isn't so sure.
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