Jessica Simpson was devastated after photo of her wearing 'mom jeans' went viral

Jessica Simpson

Jessica Simpson was heartbroken after a photo of her wearing "mom jeans" during a performance went viral.

Back in 2009, the I Wanna Love You Forever singer took to the stage for a gig in South Carolina while sporting high-waisted denim trousers, a black tank top, and a leopard-print belt.

Though Jessica felt "very confident" in the look, the press that followed was negative, and she was heavily criticised for her apparent weight gain.

"This picture that circulated and went worldwide broke my heart. Not the picture necessarily, but the caption. Like, all the captions... It was just viral," she shared during an interview on U.S. breakfast show Today, adding of headlines mocking her appearance: "I was taken down by the world."

Jessica was a U.S. size four, the equivalent of a U.K. size eight, at the time. Accordingly, she was horrified at the way she was being so openly bullied in the media.

"It was about my size, and it was like, 'She's not Daisy Duke anymore,'" the 39-year-old said, referencing her role in the 2005 movie adaptation of The Dukes of Hazzard, in which she famously showed off her legs in tiny denim shorts. "All these insecurities from my past started coming back about being good enough and being skinny enough."

However, the blonde beauty reserved her biggest concerns for her then-boyfriend, former American football star Tony Romo.

"I always felt confident when I was with Tony, but I was like, 'Oh gosh, what are all the guys gonna say in the locker room to him? How is this gonna affect him?', before I even thought about myself," she recalled.

Jessica, who is now happily married to retired athlete Eric Johnson, details her life-long issues with her weight in her new memoir, Open Book, in which she dedicates a whole chapter to the incident and its aftermath, titled Death By Mom Jeans.

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