As Popdust previously reported, last September, the 35-year-old sent the rumor mill into overdrive after she made bizarre appearance on the Home Shopping Network, giggling inappropriately and slurring her words during the two hour yawn-fest.
Naturally, people speculated that Simpson was wasted, but her rep “sources close to Jessica” insisted the mom-of-two was stone cold sober, explaining away the bizarre behavior as just being “part of her personality.”
According to TMZ
Sources close to Jessica say the clip circulating of her giggling and slurring is just part of her personality that surfaces from time to time. They say for the lion's share of her time on the show, she was lucid and polished.
Not surprisingly, Simpson’s rep was quick to shoot down the NY Post’s story, insisting Jessica was merely “choked-up and emotional”….
They told Page Six:
Jessica was not ‘loopy,’ she was choked up and emotional after the heartfelt introduction … given by Louise Camuto, the wife of her recently deceased business partner and mentor. It is disappointing that you are choosing to focus on a moment of honest emotion rather than on the prestigious award she received for her work.
Well, celeb reps have to earn their paycheck one way or another right? And, at time of posting, no video from the event, showing Simpson giving her speech, has surfaced—so, it’s the rep’s word against Page 6’s source right now.
However, there is video of Simpson being interviewed by Extra, on the red carpet, prior to the event—and, well….. maybe it’s just that “part of her personality that surfaces from time to time” on display, or perhaps, she was already “choked-up and emotional” in anticipation of the “heartfelt introduction” that was to come—but, either way, there’s no denying that there’s something just a little “off” with the singer-turned-fashion-designer.
During the brief interview, Simpson appears a little glassy-eyed, and unsteady on her feet at times, in addition to seemingly slurring at least two or three times.