Jessica Simpson has been keeping her body under wraps lately — literally! From bulky sweatshirts to oversized shawls, the 28-year-old pop star turned country singer has been happy dressing down in front of the cameras.
But on Jan. 25, Simpson traded her baggy looks for a snug tank and jeans, debuting a noticeably fuller figure while performing at the 99.9 KIIS Country Chili Cookoff in Pembroke Pines, Florida. "People are saying she put on a few pounds," DJ Scott Simon, who interviewed Simpson that day, tells OK!. "But she looked fabulous. Confident, healthy and happy."
Indeed, the singer sent a statement to critics: She loves her curves! "I’m not fat," Jess recently confessed to a pal. "Going from a size 2 to a size 8, that’s not fat. If I weren’t Jessica Simpson, no one would care."
Jessica’s confidence no doubt comes from her boyfriend, Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Tony Romo, 28. "He thinks Jess is hot no matter what," a friend of the singer tells OK!. "He wants to date a girl who can have a few beers, ribs, fries and dessert."
And it seems Jessica is more than happy to indulge Romo’s wishes. "She’s not willing to trade having fun with Tony with being a size 2," the friend says. "She doesn’t want to have people focus only on her looks."
And now Ashlee Simpson has joined in to defend her sister Jess against the critics focusing on her weight, posting on her official web site:
"I am completely disgusted by the headlines concerning my sister’s weight. A week after the inauguration and with such a feeling of hope in the air for our country, I find it completely embarrassing and belittling to all women to read about a woman’s weight or figure as a headline on Fox News.
All women come in different shapes, sizes, and forms and just because you’re a celebrity, there shouldn’t be a different standard.
Is this something you would say to your wife, daughter, mother, grandmother, or even a friend?
I seriously doubt it.
How can we expect teenage girls to love and respect themselves in an environment where we criticize a size 2 figure?
Now can we focus on the things that really matter.
For the entire story on Jessica’s fuller figure, pick up the new OK! — on newsstands everywhere Thursday!