The “Take My Breath Away” songstress notably began dating Nick Lachey in 1999. After an on-and-off romance, they went on to tie the knot in October 2002 and subsequently landed their own Newlyweds reality TV show. After nearly four years of marriage, they ultimately called it quits.
“It breaks my heart that I couldn’t make Jessica happy. I wanted to be everything to my wife,” Lachey — who later married Vanessa Lachey (née Minnillo) in July 2011 — recalled to Rolling Stone in April 2006. “I wanted her to look at me with love in her eyes, the way she did at the beginning, and have her feel like I was the most wonderful, awe-inspiring man on the planet. And when that stopped, it was the worst feeling in the world.”
“Nick loved the fact I was so strong in my faith and that I had this wide-eyed innocent approach to life. When he proposed in 2002, I said yes,” Simpson wrote in the book, which was published in 2020. “We were young and pioneering our way through reality television, always mic’ed and always on. We worked and we were great at it but when it came time to being alone, we weren’t great at it anymore.”
She added at the time: “I was 22, and I had just pledged my life and destiny of this man. And I don’t regret it. Nick was meant to be my husband. No one else was supposed to have my virginity.”
After their divorce was finalized in 2006, the Employee of the Month actress dated the likes of John Mayer, Tony Romo and Billy Corgan. Simpson went on to meet former football player Eric Johnson in 2010, who proposed six months later that November.
Simpson and the NFL alum — who share daughters Maxwell, born in 2012, and Birdie, born in 2019, and son Ace, born in 2013 — wed in July 2014.
“I don’t feel like our marriage has been long, but I feel like I’ve loved Eric my whole life,” Simpson exclusively told Us Weekly in April 2022. “I guess in the moment I met him, it felt like a marriage. … Eric and I set intentions, and we’re very good at manifesting our dreams. We’re very good at creating a safe environment for each other to be ourselves.”
She continued: “We rarely fight. If we do, it’s more conversational, and it’s not like, ‘He’s right or she’s right.’ It’s not about winning.”
Scroll below to see Simpson’s complete dating history through the years: