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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

The Crying Game
By PopCultureWhore

Crying about his divorce during a Rolling Stone interview helped propel Nick Lachey’s sophomore album to number one, and it appears ex-wife Jessica Simpson is also jumping on the water works bandwagon days after the release of her own record.

Jessica was featured in a somewhat disjointed reality special last night on MTV that showed her palling around with her (annoying) best friend and hairdresser Ken Paves, performing at a gay club and singing for a select group of fans. During that more intimate performance, Jessica burst into tears while singing a song about letting someone go. She appeared to have the same reaction after performing “With You,” a tribute to Nick, on the “CBS Early Show."

The special itself was a little depressing. Despite the fact that there were still burps, discussions about dog poop and one or two dumb comments, Jessica was very subdued and far from the bubbly airhead she portrayed during her “Newlyweds” days. She looked uncomfortable during the performance at Hollywood gay club Factory (a vibe that did not go unnoticed), and the “friendly banter” between Paves, former assistant CaCee Cobb and a bevy of assistants about how best to market the latest album has “staged” written all over it. It also seemed to trample the upbeat, party girl tone she wanted to push with her “Public Affair” album.

Someone needs to get that girl a better music producer. Gwen Stefani used her post breakup rage to churn out “Tragic Kingdom” for No Doubt; surely Jessica (or a savvy mix master) could do better than a remake of “You Spin Me Right Round” and a rip-off of Madonna’s “Holiday.”

Meanwhile, Jessica also made a stop today for Rosie O’Donnell’s debut on “The View,” during which she denied a relationship with John Mayer. Not exactly what US Weekly and People magazine wanted to hear.


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