Jessica Simpson shares her story with the world in her new open memory book. And, in an excerpt from the forthcoming book published by People magazine, Simpson says that when she tried to break into the music industry as a teenager, Sony’s executive Tommy Mottola told her that she should lose weight if she wanted to be a star.
After winning local song contests, Simpson traveled to New York in 1997 to meet Mottola, who was then president and CEO of Sony Music Entertainment, the parent company of Columbia Records. Jessica Simpson Reveals She Took Diet Pills For 20 Years After Sony CEO Tommy Mottola Told Her She Had To Lose Weight.
Simpson says she sang Amazing Grace during an audition for Mottola, and he immediately wanted to sign it. But, there was one major condition: she must have lost 15 pounds.
The 38-year-old woman remembers saying “What?” Before explaining that she was only five feet three inches tall and weighed only 118 pounds. Simpson says Mottola told her, “This is what it will take to be Jessica Simpson.”
All of this took place on Simpson’s 17th birthday.
Simpson said that she immediately followed a strict diet and started taking diet pills, which she would do for the next 20 years. She also revealed that in addition to losing weight, her record label forced her to “show more skin”.
“I started hearing voices when I was alone at night, waiting for the sleeping pill to go off: ‘Do more sit-ups, big ass,'” Simpson recalls. “By the time we got to the release of the first single from my second album, Irresistible, I was 103 pounds. Everyone kept telling me how great I was, but I couldn’t take advantage of it because I was so hungry. “