Ashlee Nicolle Ross is a songwriter, singer, and actress. She is actress and singer Jessica Simpson’s younger sister and she started her career as a back-up dancer for her sister’s performances. The singer also appeared in commercials, TV shows, and films. She became interested in acting and made her acting debut in the 7th Heaven family drama. But her breakthrough TV appearance was in the reality TV show Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica televised on MTV channel. This show depicted the life of her sister Jessica and Nick Lachey who was her husband at that time.
To know more about the life of Ashlee Simpson, have a look at the details below.
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Ashlee Simpson was born in Waco, Texas. The names of her parents are Tina Ann and Joseph Truett “Joe” Simpson. Her father worked as a psychologist and later became a Baptist youth minister. Her elder sister is Jessica Simpson. Both the sisters went to Prairie Creek Elementary situated in Richardson, Texas and this is also the place where the sisters grew up. At three years of age, Ashlee learned classical ballet. Then she attended the School of American Ballet situated in New York City when she was eleven.
Ashlee also suffered from an eating disorder at this age for which she received treatments. When Jessica got a good career in singing the family moved to Los Angeles, California. Their father worked as an agent for them and they developed in their individual careers. Jessica pursued singing and at that time Ashlee appeared in TV commercials.
Profession and achievements
The debut album of Jessica called Sweet Kisses became popular so Ashlee worked as a backup dancer for her sister. Then she preferred to make a debut in acting so she acted in Malcolm in the Middle for one episode. She also got a small role in the comedy film Rob Schneider “The Hot Chick”. Ashlee also came in forty episodes of 7th Heaven for the role of Cecilia Smith. She also did not lose sight of her singing talents for she was part of Album “School’s Out! Christmas”.
The song got released on Radio Disney Jingle Jams. Then she did the song “Just Let Me Cry” for the movie Freaky Friday. To find a record label she did many demos and finally, she signed with Geffen Records for her debut album.
There was an announcement of the reality TV series Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica. This story showed the life of the newlyweds. The show received lots of attention from the public and the Simpson sisters became very famous. Then Ashlee came in a spinoff series The Ashlee Simpson Show to lessen the comparison between her and her elder sister. The series depicted her recording all the albums. In the show, she dyed her hair brown and that also received media attention. At the same time, she came in the music video of Ryan Cabrera “On the Way Down” which was his debut single.
She came as the love interest of the musician and the two started a romantic relationship after that. Her album with songwriter Kara DioGuardi called “Pieces of Me” became a great hit. It listed in the Billboard Hot 100 chart for its popularity. Then in 2004, she appeared as a guest in the famous show Saturday Night Live. She performed her albums on the show but it revealed that she was lip-syncing the whole time. This act met with huge backlash but she shared in one of the interviews that she cannot sing on stage due to acid reflux disease.
She also stated about that event that she made a complete fool of herself. After that event on Saturday Night Live, she released two albums “Shadow” and “La La”. The two did not meet with the same reception as the first song but many critics praised it. She received Teen Choice awards for her singing and then received Billboard Award for the new artist of the year.
She acted in a film called Undiscovered but it was a commercial as well as a critical failure. She hosted and performed MTV Australia Video Music Awards and also won “Best Female Artist” for her single Boyfriend. In 2009 she went to television full time and acted in Melrose Place for the role of Violet Foster.
But she came out of the show after twelve episodes because the directors wrote off her character. She then became a part of her production of Chicago in Broadway musical and performed in many shows. Ashlee voiced the character of Strelka in an animated movie Space Dogs Adventure to the Moon. Presently she is working on new album releases.
Ashlee was in a relationship with several men in her life before her marriage. First, she dated Josh Henderson in 2002 but they ended the relationship in 2003. Many spotted her kissing and holding hands with Carson Daly but their dating life was brief. Then she met with Ryan Cabrera and dated him for one year and then they separated but stayed friends. Braxton Olita is the band member she dated for one year. She went on a vacation with him to Hawaii for ten days but separated after that.
She became engaged with Pete Wentz and married him at the home of her parents. They have a boy but divorced in 2011. Then after some brief relationships, she married Evan Ross from 2013. They married and are now living with their daughter Jagger Snow in an estate in Connecticut.
Age and stature
She is thirty-five years of age. Her height is 164 cm and her weight is 56 kg. Her eye colour is green and her natural hair colour is blonde. She is a beautiful woman with a slim and elegant figure.
Ashlee Simpson Net Worth
The net worth estimate of Ashlee Simpson is $15 million dollars. Most of the amount is from her singing and acting career. She has assets such as the Beverly Hills mansion worth $4,500.000. This shows that Ashlee Simpson is a rich woman. She has also appeared in many popular magazines and TV shows.
Ashlee Simpson is a singer as well as an actress who though experienced several disappointments in her career and media scrutiny never lose sight of her dreams.
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