Jessica Simpson reveals publicists told men not to pursue her or they'd lose respect in showbiz

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Jessica Simpson is seen in the East Village.  Photographed by Gotham
Jessica Simpson is seen in the East Village. Photographed by Gotham
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The ‘With You’ singer has claimed that publicists urged their clients not to date her after her divorce from her first husband, Nick Lachey.

Prospective suitors were told they’d “never be respected [in their fields]” if they dated Jessica Simpson.

“I was the person to run from because every guy would be listening to their publicist," Jessica reveals.

"Stay away, stay away you’ll never be a respected actor or you’ll never be a respected musician if you are dating her," she recalls what publicists would say.

"Well, I have dated some - a couple of musicians - some under the radar that people don’t know about,” she explained, speaking on The Drew Barrymore Show about her single years.

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Meanwhile, Simpson previously insisted she remains respectful of her ex-husband Nick.

“I was really young, and my success hadn’t really begun. He knew me as this young, innocent 18-year-old that had never been introduced to the world in so many ways. I went straight from my father to him," she says.

"Nick’s very smart. He was eight years older than me, but he was also young. We meant a lot to each other, and we always will. I want to be very respectful because I married him for a reason, and we were together for seven years. He has a family now, and I would never say anything to disrespect that,” the singer concluded.

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