But there's one thing she would change.


Jessica Simpson is a lot of things: a designer, a mom, a best-selling author, and, of course, a singer and actor, but even the most die-hard fans might not know that she was a reality-TV pioneer when she and her then-husband Nick Lachey starred on MTV's Newlyweds. In a new interview with Ryan Seacrest, she explained that she doesn't regret doing the show, since it was part of what launched her to where she is today, but notes that maybe she and Lachey did one too many seasons.

Simpson told Seacrest that the show was her father's idea and insisted that fans were seeing the real Jessica Simpson. She was 100% genuine on the show.

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"We were newlyweds," Simpson said. "It was our first time even living together, I was a virgin. ... It was my dad’s idea. Like, my dad was like, 'I really want people to understand you and know that you’re human.' You know? 'Because if they get to hang out with you while you’re on the couch, they'll really understand who you are.'"

When Seacrest asked if she'd do it again, she didn't hesitate to say that she would, but added that she would have stopped after season 2. She and Lachey separated and divorced after four years of marriage and the show's third and final season.

"Absolutely I would go back and do it all over again," she said. "It's never something I wouldn’t do again, I just, you know, maybe wouldn’t have done a third season."

She told Seacrest that she saw herself as a pioneer of reality TV. Newlyweds premiered in 2003. That's pre-Keeping Up With the Kardashians, just one year after The Bachelor and American Idol premiered, and the year that The Simple Life premiered. Simpson's wasn't wrong when she said that she was one of the first big names in the genre.

"We were young and pioneering our way through reality television, always mic'd and always on," she added. "We worked and we were great at it, but when it came time to being alone, we weren’t great at it anymore. I couldn’t lie to our fans, and I couldn’t give somebody hope that we were this perfect golden couple."