Jessica Simpson had a tummy tuck (which almost killed her) before her third pregnancy

Jessica Simpson wears a leather jacket over a red snakeskin print dress in downtown Manhattan

Here are some photos of Jessica Simpson this week, promoting her memoir all over New York. I respect the fact that she’s really hustling for promotion, I guess? Jessica’s rich, she doesn’t need book sales, but I imagine that she was ready to tell her story and spill some vintage tea and as I keep saying, I’m here for it. I’ve been enjoying the book excerpts and the interviews. I have to say, I do think Jessica is looking good these days. Turns out that in between her second and third pregnancies, Jessica had a full tummy tuck though. Lord, why.

Jessica Simpson gets candid about the severe complications she faced after getting a tummy tuck in her new memoir, Open Book. The “A Little Bit” songstress reveals that she decided to go under the knife to get rid of the stretch marks and loose skin that she had, following her back-to-back pregnancies. Simpson says she booked the appointment for a partial tummy tuck as a treat for herself for her 35th birthday, noting how she really wanted to boost her confidence with the procedure. “I was so ashamed of my body at this point,” she writes in her new book obtained by RadarOnline.com ahead of its release date.

The performer, now 39, also reveals that she previously wouldn’t even let her husband, Eric Johnson, see her without a white T-shirt on. “I had sex with it on and even showered with it on. I couldn’t bear to look at myself,” she shares.

The singer was on a fun-filled vacation with her mother and friends when she received a call from her doctor, who expressed his concerns about her liver levels before her scheduled surgery date. “He was direct. My plastic surgeon may have approved me for the surgery in two weeks, but he would not,” she explains, adding how he warned her that it could have fatal consequences.

Simpson decided to “cut down” on drinking booze and any other problematic habits, per his request. The mother of three ultimately went through with the procedure, but wasn’t pleased with her results because she still “had loose skin” that hung over her pants. Two months later, she opted to get a “full” tummy tuck, but she had a feeling something may go awry.

“This surgery was more involved,” she shares, revealing that it took two hours longer than expected. “It did not go well. I got an infection — colitis — and was vomiting so much I thought I was going to bust my sutures.” Due to the severe complications she was facing, Simpson had to secretly stay in the hospital for over a week so they could make sure she was recovering.

“Doctors talked seriously about me needing a blood transfusion,” she writes. On the bright side, Simpson healed just fine and the blonde beauty mentions how grateful she was to finally feel like herself again. In hindsight, she says that plastic surgery did “not cure” the insecurities she felt inside. “Really, it’s about how you feel emotionally, and I was still just as hard on myself once those stitches were out. I still had work to do.”

[From In Touch Weekly]

I’ve always said that Jessica’s appeal is that she’s one of the most relatable celebrities ever, and here’s another example: she’s makes incredibly dumb decisions about her body. I’m not saying she’s dumb for having low confidence after back-to-back pregnancies. She is not, and I feel for her there. But… she knew she was struggling with her weight, and that’s why she took the Weight Watchers contract and then she had one plastic surgery procedure (against doctor’s orders) and then a second procedure which could have killed her. And then after all that, SHE GOT PREGNANT AGAIN. That’s the timeline! She had her tummy tuck a few years after she gave birth to Ace. She didn’t give birth to Birdie until March 2019. Jessica was 38. Why would you do all of that to your body?!?!!? Yikes.

Singer turned author Jessica Simpson arrives at The View

Jessica Simpson strikes a pose outside her NYC Hotel

Jessica Simpson's "Open Book" fan event at Barnes & Noble

Photos courtesy of Backgrid.

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  1. Lucy2 says:

    Her weight and figure were always highly criticized by the media and the public. At the height of her popularity she got super skinny, and when her weight went back up a bit, everyone pointed it out. It’s no mystery why she had such insecurities.
    But I agree it’s a puzzling decision to do all that and then have a third child.

    • Flamingo says:

      I think the third baby might have been an oops baby. I think there was some gossip about it when she announced.

      • Keekee says:

        She said she had an IUD placed and that she will never get pregnant again but they are not 100 percent proof.

  2. Flamingo says:

    Jess, you can’t give your whole book away for free. You’ve got to give people a reason to buy the book.

    • Erinn says:

      LOL. This made me chuckle. Because it would absolutely be on brand for her to give away ALL of the good parts.

      I always flip flop on Jess. I think she’s essentially harmless and probably quite sweet – probably super fun as a friend. But there’s still that “oh my god, she’s so hilariously dense… how has she kept the fame going this long?” kind of question at the back of my mind.

      Was Jessica ever considered super talented? In a technical sense? I was pretty young when she first hit the scene, so I wasn’t really following. I never thought she had a bad voice or anything, but like I said before – how has she managed to get so much longevity out of her fame when she doesn’t seem to do a ton. I THINK it probably boils down to her being quite pretty, a relatively talented singer … but I think it’s more than likely the fact that she’s so easy to market as the ‘every woman’. She’s not an ego maniac, she says foolish things that we can relate to, she seems like she’s just genuinely a likable person. And at the end of the day, I guess I’d rather see someone like Jess who just SEEMS really nice to make a ton of money than someone who acts like a spoiled brat.

      • lucy2 says:

        I don’t think she ever hit as huge as Britney or Christina at the time, but she was pretty successful. I think she has a good voice, but honestly I kind of hate the affected way she sings.

        LOL about her giving the best parts away – I was thinking about reading it, but I feel like I already have!

      • BRobertson says:

        She has a great voice, and I really like some of the hits at the beginning of her career that showed it off more. I really think the singing portion of her career could’ve been managed better.

      • Alarmjaguar says:

        Didn’t she have an early reality TV show with her first husband? I feel like that’s really what helped her make her name. Then she leveraged that into the clothing line and managed to keep her name out there.

      • Rk says:

        When she first came to the music scene she had a good voice but she was marketed as a Britney clone for the most conservative ppl. She got into a relationship with Nick who’s group (98°) wasn’t all that either but it did gave her more moderate fame. Her second album was a bit more successful but she never hit big until the Newlyweds reality show which suddenly pushed her to real worldwide fame but it also start with the public scrutiny and mocking of her bc she was “so dumb”. She has always seemed nice and fun albeit vapid and superficial but ultimately a very normal person. Tbh I feel for her must be hard to have a “no brains bimbo” or “fat used to be hot” as the only way ppl write about you in the media

    • Meg says:

      I wonder about this too, it’s like a bad movie trailer that gives away the ending.
      But other books like Demi Moore’s seemed to reveal everything in articles too. You’d think publishers wouldn’t like that

    • Wilady says:

      I listened to her audiobook, which she reads herself. She definitely didn’t give away the whole book.

      It really put a lot in perspective for me in regards to what I remember reading on here, and then hearing her take on what was really happening was heartbreaking. She was always told to diet, even at 17, and on diet pills 20 years. In her journal before the mom jeans chili cook-off thing, she said she finally feeling confident and good, so when the backlash hit, it shattered her confidence and trust in her own eye. That broke my heart.

  3. Keekee says:

    She is looking good. So she worth a billie or not I am hearing conflicting stories?

    • Chloe says:

      Google says she’s worth between $170-200 million.

    • Kebbie says:

      I’m fairly certain she only licensed her name, but then the brand got super popular and she has been playing fast and loose with the PR of it all ever since. There were stories of her selling a stake for $260 million at one point. I don’t think she ever outright owned the company like Kylie Cosmetics. If anything, her brand was an example of what not to do because she would’ve been a billionaire if she actually owned it.

  4. Slowsnow says:

    I hope all of these stories start showing people that a procedure is a procedure. There can be very serious consequences. Our doctor always said that my mum had an athlete’s heart; after she had her gallbladder removed her heart reacted poorly to the surgery and she’s now undergoing tests and may wed to see a cardiologist.

    I’ve had 4 kids with lots of time between the first and the second two. I have seen how long it takes for the tummy to gain some strength and for the loose skin to be firmer. It takes years, a better diet and some sport. I know it’s hard to be on the spot all the time but it’s also stupid to value looks over everything else. Life is full of cycles and we need to build our emotional self in order to feel good no matter what stage we’re going through.

  5. Wry Bread says:

    I had a tt 5 years after my second son. Best decision for my body I’ve ever made. I was able to dance samba again, play Capoeira again — have sex with the lights on again. I just had a surprise 3rd baby via emergency Caesarean 5 yrs after the tt. The tummy tuck held and I look great. Different strokes. Bummer Jessica had complications. Sounds like maybe it was her wake up call to take better care of her body, tho.

    • Kk2 says:

      Oh I was wondering what the implications are for a pregnancy after a tummy tuck!

      I think obviously the third was a surprise for her.

      I am 8 months pp with my second and I’m about 7-8 lb up over my pre pregnancy weight- almost all in my belly pooch and a little in my boobs bc still breastfeeding. I’m starting to lose the weight but I’m nervous there will be loose skin when it’s gone.

      I am too scared of surgery to ever go under the knife but I understand why some do. Women are judged on our bodies- it’s bs but it is reality. The postpartum changes can be tough anyway. I remember looking in the mirror after my first and just feeling like whose body is that? And for women in the entertainment industry the scrutiny is insane. I really like that she is spilling all these secrets.

      • Angel says:

        @Kk2, you might look into dermarolling. I doubt that I can post links here, so search on youtube for “I Tried DERMAROLLING my Saggy Skin & This Happened! (Astonishing Results)”
        1,560,232 views•Dec 7, 2019
        bubzbeauty

        She tells exactly what she used and how, and her results were so great that I’m going to be getting a roller here soon because I’ve lost 60 pounds so far; I need to lost another 80 to get back to the weight I was before all of the medical stuff happened to me. Good luck!

  6. Josephine says:

    I’ve always found it absurd when celebs hawk weight-loss products or programs. If people actually think that the celeb is only using that product/program (or using it at all), they deserve to be swindled. As for Jessica Simpson, I wish she would enjoy her life and stop selling her privacy and that of others for a few bucks she does not need.

    • Ennie says:

      I think Jessica, as well as other people recently, have written these autobiographies as a way to heal. Some of these stories can bring awareness to people in her same situation.

      • Josephine says:

        I get that, but that feels like a very different book than what she has written. I also can’t reconcile the complaint about everything being public and how she cut off people for sharing things about her in the past when she turns around and does the exact same thing. But to be honest, I would never read a book like this and find them way too self-serving, one-sided and cringe-worthy, so I’m clearly not the audience she’s looking for.

    • Meg says:

      Right, does her admission here put her weight watchers endorsement I to question or do I have the timeline off?

  7. YIKES says:

    If i had the money i’d SO have a tummy tuck and a breast reduction!!! I can relate to Jess feeling so critical about her body. I hate my “mother’s apron” so much sometimes! After 3 pregnancies and losing nearly 100 lbs, my lower abdomem has this pouch of saggy skin. No matter how many core firming exercises i do, it won’t go away! I wear compression clothes. When i’m wearing loose clothes the pouch makes floppy sounds as i move around. It is so disgusting to me! Plus my big DD breasts seem to be racing each other to greet my belly button 😞😞😞My husband said he has no problem with my body and he insists we shower together. He also says if something happened to me if i went under the knife, he’d be screwed raising our kids alone. Between my hubby being ok with my body and now me being 40 it has helped me accept my “flabby pouch”. But every once in a while i just feel like booking a “mommy tuck”. It’s stories like this, Joan Rivers and others that give me pause. Though an aunt of mine did get the tummy tuck and a breast perk up and she looks great at 55. Ugh…i wish saggy skin was removable without surgery.

    • Angel says:

      You husband is definitely a keeper!

      Saggy skin can be helped by dermarollling for at least some people. Look into it. There are videos on youtube about it. I posted one’s information on a post above.

      As for your breasts, you might consider using a sleep bra at night if you aren’t. (There are some good ones without wires these days, which are more comfortable for sleeping. I actually wear a minimizer one for now to keep everything in place.) Make sure that your regular bra is fitted correctly as well.

  8. Kim says:

    Body dysmorphia and dissociation.

  9. Valiantly Varnished says:

    The third baby wasn’t planned so it’s not like she got a tummy tuck and then opted to try for a third. She got pregnant by accident and opted to have the baby.

  10. manda says:

    Tummy tucks scare me because you always hear about things like this, or death. My sister wanted one and I was very much not in support and then some things in life happened and she changed her mind. I was relieved. I hate my belly too and so I know where that comes from. I know hating the way you look and just feeling AWFUL about yourself when you catch a glimpse in the mirror. But still, this surgery scares me

  11. I'm that person says:

    So the “losing weight because WW” was a lie?
    What a surprise. Said no-one ever.

  12. curachel20 says:

    I’m guessing she lost the weight with weight watchers but had loose skin, as she said. So the tummy tuck removes the excess skin. My mom lost a ton of weight on Ww and oooked great in her clothes but she had saggy skin and got a tummy tuck.

  13. okayokay says:

    I’m 43 years old and sit in an office all day and sometimes want to do dumb ass surgeries to look better, I totally get why a celeb would want to lose baby weight asap. The fn pressure is crazy!

  14. moo says:

    My neighbor’s wife died from pulmonary embolism after tummy tuck. I learned it from her ten-year-old son while he hung out of my apartment one day when he forgot his keys. He was six years old when she died. I will never forget the matter-of-fact way he told me tinged with deep sorrow, nor that he had to grow up without a mother because of a cosmetic procedure gone wrong.

  15. BANANIE says:

    This is all so sad. It’s also freaking me out about the prospect of having children, which is something I know is stressful in any case. I would never get cosmetic surgery due to the risks and not thinking it should be done on anyone who isn’t disfigured anyhow. I can only imagine the frustration that would come with loose skin and other implications that you can’t “fix” otherwise.

  16. Emily says:

    Surgery is so scary to me, I can’t imagine electing to have it … as much as I love my nursing boobs and will miss the size later on, I’m too scared to do anything and will wear super padded bras for the rest of my life’.

  17. Rhea L says:

    I’m hooked on the line that read her infection was “colitis.” That’s a type of irritable bowel disease. Is she saying it triggered the disease too? I’m confused.

  18. My girl is 5 years old, I still have a big mommy tumny, and I don’t care at all. I exercise almost everyday, now I’m running twenty minutes a day, but I like eating and that’s it. Being skinny never made me happy. Food is great!

    • Alarmjaguar says:

      Yep. I like food, too. And honestly, it is a sign that I was able to have two wonderful children (after some fertility issues). My body did amazing things and I’m proud of it. A little extra pooch is my badge of honor. That said, I’m not in the media spotlight. I can’t imagine that horrible pressure and how it would warp your perspective. It is hard enough as a regular person to get all of the messages about perfect bodies from advertising and entertainment.