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Jessica Simpson reveals biggest 'money mistake': Marrying Nick Lachey

During an interview on CNBC, Simpson said that she sees her time with Lachey as a big mistake — at least when it comes to dollars and cents.
/ Source: TODAY

Jessica Simpson has come a long way since her marriage to Nick Lachey. When the two were together, she was a pop-music princess and a rising reality-TV star.

Jessica Simpson and husband Nick Lachey arrives at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards.Getty Images file

But since their 2006 split, Simpson's life has taken some major turns. She's married to Eric Johnson, she's a mother of two, and she's the mogul behind a billion-dollar retail empire.

During an interview on CNBC's "Closing Bell," Simpson admitted that now she views her time with Lachey as a big mistake — at least when it comes to dollars and cents.

The surprising reveal came when anchor Kelly Evans asked Simpson about past financial blunders.

"The biggest money mistakes? I don't know," Simpson said. After a pause, she added, "For some reason I thought of my first marriage!"

Evans assured her that response wasn't rare. "That's actually a common answer, believe it or not."

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Simpson didn't elaborate about why she felt the marriage was a money mistake, but their shared reality show, "Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica," was a success at the time.

It's just not the sort of success she wants to revisit.

"That's very rear view [mirror]," she recently told TODAY. "Having a camera on me at all times, I mean, we all know I stick my foot in my mouth a little bit too much."

Now she's looking ahead at a return to music and continued investment in her clothing, beauty and more brand. As for her financial future, Simpson told "Closing Bell," "I always say I'm ready for another billion."

Who isn't?

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