Jessica Simpson says the relentless gossip about her marriage to Nick Lachey drove her to visit a therapist.
“Yes I have,” the singer-actress tells Teen People in its December-January issue, on newsstands Friday. “I respect knowledge of the psyche. I would be a therapist if I weren’t an entertainer.”
Jessica, 25, posed for the cover of the magazine with her sister, Ashlee. Both talk about the difficult challenges of the past year.
Jessica, who had a starring role in “The Dukes of Hazzard” movie this summer, has been the queen of the tabloids this year — much of the coverage dissecting the marriage of the “Newlyweds” couple. The pair have denied persistent rumors of a split.
Ashlee, 21, recently released her second album, “I Am Me,” and it debuted at the top of the charts. But she has still had to live down her embarrassing lip-synch disaster on “Saturday Night Live” last year.
“Yeah I messed up in front of everybody,” she says. (Last month, Ashlee revisited the scene of her musical flub, performing on “SNL” — really live, this time.)
However, she adds: “I love to sing. It’s a joy to me. I don’t do it for anyone else — I do it for me.
“I’ve had to learn that my voice is the most important one. Otherwise, I’ll drown in what everyone wants me to be.”