Because [paparazzi] can ruin a night." have a particular meaning.
Simpson recalled listening to the song with sister Ashlee Simpson in December 2005, as her marriage was unraveling around her, and the effect it had."We laid there listening to the song and just cried and cried like babies," she said.
"In a lot of ways, my sister really gave me the strength to pull through this really hard time.
And it was just lying there and being with her that got me through it. The song is about how sometimes you just have to know when to let something go. And I had to sing it."While Simpson went on to high-profile relationships with John Mayer and Tony Romobefore ultimately meeting the future husband and father of her children, Eric Johnson, Nick met the next Mrs. There was a little off-and-on turbulence before Nick and Vanessa Minnillo (now parents of three) tied the knot in 2011, but their instant connection when she starred in his "What's Left of Me" video prompted Lachey to bounce back pretty quickly from the depths of his woe."It's life, man," he told in 2009 about the breakup of his first marriage."Why does any marriage end?
"People probably expected [it to be about Lachey] because of everything going on in my life, but it's not about him at all.
It's about me going out with my girlfriends and forgetting everything that's around me, which is paparazzi, and just having a fun night.
And I told the guys [in 98 Degrees]..., 'I'm going to marry that girl one day.'""We definitely knew—no ifs, ands or buts—we're totally in love," Simpson chimed in.
Perhaps most poignantly, their careers and personal brands were not escalating at the same rate.
Lachey was still the hunky 98 Degrees guy, and Simpson was fast becoming more than the sum of her parts—though her parts, particularly when they were on the display in an indicator all on its own of financial success.)But while Lachey and Simpson haven't had any sort of relationship for years, and their show is remembered far more as a recipe for disaster, there was a real relationship at its core. While Simpson confidently capitalized on the starry-eyed early days of their marriage, Lachey got in on the ending, scoring a hit with the tear-jerker title track of his album , which aired in April 2006, five months after Simpson filed for divorce.
And Nick always seemed to be carrying her around—they were so hot!
All of that translated into more opportunities outside the marriage, especially for Simpson, who launched her edible beauty line Jessica Simpson Desserts and started formulating what would eventually become her booming, billion-dollar fashion brand.