Jessica Simpson tunes out ‘destructive’ Pottery Barn remarks

Jessica Simpson hasn’t let the negative reaction to her recent Pottery Barn ad get her down.

On Sunday, the musician, fashion designer and author shared a video of herself passionately belting out her self-empowerment anthem “Party of One” to “block out destructive noise” on social media. Simpson’s latest Instagram post comes days after the release of her new Pottery Barn Kids promo, which sparked a spate of unwanted comments about her behavior and appearance.

“I had to be in my studio today because this is where I ground and heal,” Simpson captioned the clip.

“People’s comments and judgments can still be deeply hurtful when they keep nagging, ‘You’ll never be good enough.’ The most important thing I’ve learned in the past 5 years with no alcohol as a safeguard against escapism is that I can and will ALWAYS get through it.”

In her Pottery Barn commercial, Simpson takes viewers on a tour of her 3-year-old daughter Birdie Mae Johnson’s whimsical bedroom, which is decorated with fluffy stuffed animals, colorful throw pillows and lots of butterflies. On Instagram, the ad has garnered thousands of comments, in which she dismembers Simpson’s body and speculates about her drug and alcohol use.

Simpson recently opened up about her past struggles with pill and alcohol addiction in her 2020 memoir, Open Book. On Saturday, she wrapped up production on the pilot of her upcoming Freevee series Open Book, a coming-of-age comedy based on her memoir.

“I’m capable of pretty much anything that’s important enough for me to focus on,” Simpson continued in her Instagram post.

“I am present. I am deeply inspired. I am determined. I am honest. I care about other people. Having just grounded myself in my heart with my voice and the lyrics, I feel compassion for the wayward hatred, with that some people can blurt out so effortlessly and with such intensity on social media, or media in general.

In a 2020 interview with The Times, Simpson reflected on how the media circus that dogged her early in her career and the sexual abuse she suffered as a child distorted and traumatized her self-image.

“We all have our days when we want to be, look, do and feel better. Nobody is alone with this feeling, I can promise you that. I woke up simultaneously anxious and insecure, but also angry and defensive – like some of you,” Simpson wrote on Instagram.

“I know what works for me and that is to let go and just sing while looking straight in the mirror, straight into my eyes to really see and understand myself. I can connect to my heartbeat. I am stable and strong. I’m at home. A little advice… Live in your dreams and go through them. Don’t give up because someone else did. Be honest with yourself. It has worked for me in this messy life so far. Nothing and no one will rob me of my joy. You may come close, but it’s mine. Yours should be too.”

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-11-07/jessica-simpson-pottery-barn-ad-commerical-response Jessica Simpson tunes out ‘destructive’ Pottery Barn remarks

Sarah Ridley

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