Jessica Simpson Says Marrying Ex-Husband Nick Lachey Was A ‘Money Mistake’

Back when Jessica Simpson was on MTV’s first “couple” reality show Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica, viewers tuned in to see what bizarre thing would come out of Simpson’s mouth, and the reaction that husband Nick would have. Does anyone remember when she thought chicken was the product that was inside a can of Chicken of The Sea tuna?

Although these days Simpson is a little more private, sometimes the singer-turned-mother of two just can’t help from sticking her foot in her mouth. According to Us, Simpson was on CNBC’s Closing Bell when her first marriage to 98 Degrees singer Nick Lachey became a punchline to an accidental joke.

Simpson sat down with host Kelly Evans to discuss her biggest money mistake. Without a second thought, Simpson said, “The biggest money mistakes? I don’t know. For some reason I thought of my first marriage!” Both Evans and Simpson had a nice laugh about it, but according to Evans this is a reality for many people. “That’s actually a common answer, believe it or not,” said Evans.

If you remember, Nick and Jessica dated for years and finally tied the knot in 2002. They divorced in 2006 after they both exhausted their relationship by exposing it to the MTV audience in their reality show. After their divorce, Nick went on to date Kim Kardashian for a hot minute, but eventually settled down with his wife Vanessa Minnillo (Lachey). The pair went on to have two children, a son, Camden, 2, and daughter Brooklyn, 8 months.

Simpson stumbled along the way as she went on to date John Mayer, Billy Corgan, and Tony Romo before she met her husband Eric Johnson. All of her relationships were heavily scrutinized in the media, with Mayer at one point referring to Simpson as “sexual napalm.”

Although Simpson and Lachey have tried to be civil while talking about each other in the media, Lachey took a shot at Jessica’s father, Joe Simpson, who was often rumored to be controlling Jessica when Nick was married to her. On Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live! Andy Cohen asked Nick what was the best thing about being out from underneath Joe Simpson’s thumb. His response? “The best thing about not having Joe Simpson as a father-in-law, is [that] I don’t have to play grab-ass under the table on Easter Sunday.”

Sounds like Simpson’s comment about her marriage to Nick was actually tame in comparison.

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