Jessica Simpson is not "trapped in a brutal nightmare" over her weight, despite a mean-spirited story about "fat farm torture." Gossip Cop can exclusively debunk the report.

According to the National Enquirer, Simpson is "desperate to suck fans into keeping her billion-dollar fashion empire humming," and must "slim down" to do so. One shouldn't have anything to do with the other, but the supermarket tabloid nonetheless asserts Simpson has now "pushed herself to the breaking point with a grueling, fat-torching routine!"

As evidence, the gossip magazine points to a video of Simpson jumping on and off an inflatable balance disc. It is a fairly common exercise practice, but the outlet is sensationalizing it to be proof of the star's "backbreaking" workout regimen and how she's going to "extremes to be thin." As for why Simpson's weight should have any bearing on the success of her fashion line, a so-called "source" is quoted as cruelly saying, "How many people do you think are going to buy her stuff if she looks fat? And we all know she's battled issues with weight!"

Yes, Simpson has struggled with her weight, just as most people have. But, contrary to what the publication wants readers to believe, she actually views this as an asset. In a "CBS Sunday Morning" interview airing this weekend, Simpson explains, "It's very important for me to let every woman feel included. If I make a shirt, I'm going to make sure every size is available. Because I have been every size, trust me."

Simpson's fluctuating weight has allowed her to better understand her customers' needs. So this notion from the National Enquirer that her business is in jeopardy because of her size doesn't hold, well, weight. The publication doesn't even say why her empire supposedly needs to be "saved." It seems the tabloid just wanted to write a negative story.

That's what its sister outlet OK! tried pulling off last month, falsely claiming Simpson was worried her business was in "decline" due to slow sales of her jewelry collection. Gossip Cop learned, however, that the accessories line is actually "doing great," as is the business overall. In fact, it's precisely because Simpson's brand is so strong that she's being featured on CBS on Sunday.

It's also worth noting this isn't the first time the National Enquirer has built an untrue story around her size. Back in 2012, for instance, we busted the magazine's false claim about Simpson getting liposuction to lose weight. All these years later, a source close to the star confirms to Gossip Cop that the disreputable publication's reporting about her is still "not true."

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop believes there to be elements of truth, but the story is ultimately misleading.


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