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Jessica Simpson was THE it girl of the early 2000s. Not only did she have a series of hit singles, but there was a Jessica Simpson Weight Watchers campaign, she had her own reality show, and a catchphrase that had something to do with tuna. But then she dropped off the pop culture map. What happened to Jessica Simpson? Is Jessica Simpson okay? Or does someone need to put a pop culture search team together to check up on her? If you haven’t been keeping up with Jay Simps for the last decade or so, you might be surprised to find out what she’s up to now. Has she been on TV? Is she working on her music career? Is she even alive? Okay, yes. The answer to that last one is yes. 

Where is Jessica Simpson now? The last anyone can actually remember, she was married to one of the guys from 98 Degrees and hanging out at the MTV beach house, but it’s been almost two decades since anyone has heard from her and people are starting to worry. Does she work at a Dr. Pepper factory somewhere in Texas, or is she still banking on residuals from The Dukes of Hazard? She’s not married to the 98 Degrees guy anymore, so who is the missing piece in the "Jessica Simpson husband" mystery? Whatever Jessica Simpson is doing, hopefully she’s okay. If you’re as worried as everyone else is, keep reading to find out what she’s been up to.

She Had A Deal With Weight Watchers That Didn't Work Out


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It's a big deal when a celebrity gets a Weight Watchers deal, and the only thing you have to do to fulfill your part of the bargain is lose a bit of weight. Well, Jessica Simpson didn't lose her baby weight and it kind of turned into a PR nightmare. After being paid around $4 million, Simpson would only allow herself to be filmed above the neck because she was "shy" about her figure. This, of course, was supposed to be the whole "before" part of the ad, so the whole thing turned out wonky when there was nothing to compare her weight loss to. 

Her Clothing Line Makes Almost $1 Billion A Year


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So what if her career as a pop star-cum-reality sensation didn't work out? She's making money hand over fist with her clothing line, the Jessica Simpson Collection. In an interview with Forbes, Simpson said that she doesn't pay attention to trends, but looks for inspiration in her every day. 

"When I'm in approval or inspiration meetings, I think of what I want my Nana to wear, and what my 2-year-old daughter Maxwell would look adorable in." After 10 years of work, the collection (which has over 30 product categories, from a shoe line, to sunglasses, and even jewelry), makes almost $1 billion a year.

She Got Super Ripped, Y'all


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For some reason, Jessica Simpson's weight is a constant source of conversation in the media. The patriarchy really is the worst.

Unfortunately, most of the time the weight discussion is because she's put on baby weight or something, but in 2016 she was spotted on family vacation and she looked great. Good for her! The whole family (including Ashlee, who is also still alive, apparently) went to Cabo San Lucas, where photos showed off the fact that they looked like they were made entirely of abs. Especially her husband, Eric Johnson, who looked like a cartoon of a fit person. 

Marrying Nick Lachey Was A Huge Mistake, According To Simpson


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After transitioning from her role as a pop star to her career as an important fashion and business person, Jessica Simpson began to give interviews on finance shows like CNBC's Closing Bell, a program about day trading and money management.

When Bell's host Kelly Evans asked Simpson what her biggest financial mistake was, Simpson said (somewhat in jest), "The biggest money mistakes? I don't know. For some reason I thought of my first marriage!"