Country singer, actress, and fashion mogul Jessica Simpson (Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica, The Dukes of Hazzard, Employee of the Month) is the older sister of actress and pop singer Ashlee Simpson (7th Heaven). Ashlee started out as a backup dancer for Jessica. The sisters are managed by their father, former preacher Joe Simpson, founder of Papa Joe Records.
In the fall of 2009, Ashlee joined the cast of TV's remake of the series Melrose Place. But on October 22, less than two months into the new season, she was unceremoniously dumped from the show. Producers claimed her quick departure had been planned all along, but insiders suggested that her poor acting was the real cause. Despite her sister Jessica jumping to her defense by tweeting insults at the producers, Ashlee's last episode aired in March 2010. She landed on her feet, however, and returned to Broadway to reprise her role as Roxie Hart in Chicago. She is currently working on her fourth album.
In May 2012, Jessica gave birth to her first baby, Maxwell Drew Johnson, with her fiance Eric Johnson, a former NFL player. She reportedly signed a multi-million dollar deal with Weight Watchers to be their next spokesperson and drop the pregnancy weight. Will Jess be able to don her daisy dukes again? Only time will tell!
On August 4, 2012, Papa Joe was arrested for DUI. His blood alcohol level was reportedly one and a half times the legal limit.