Jessica Simpson is devastated, fragile, depressed after Daisy’s death

Jessica Simpson is having the worst year ever, and now People Magazine, the Bible of What Celebrities’ Publicists Want You To Think, has actually written a story that makes her sound so… pathetic. First, let me say that I don’t think Jess is actually pathetic. I think she’s dumb. There’s a difference. And I do acknowledge that Jess has had one of the most craptastic years ever, from her very public weight gain, to the excessive media coverage of that weight gain; from her split with Tony Romo, to the crazy stories that came out after Tony dumped her; and everything else in between, some of it involving John Mayer, her dog Daisy being eaten by coyotes, and the failure of her country music career. There was a lot more, actually. Those are just some of the biggest crappy things to happen to Jess.

So People decided to do a story about how Jess might be in a “tailspin” and how, basically, Daisy’s death was the last straw for Jess’s fragile optimism and sanity. Daisy “gave her unconditional love” and “never betrayed her. Daisy was always there for her. This is serious. Jessica’s heart is broken.” I totally get that Jessica’s heart is broken with her dog’s death, but People is really laying it on thick:

After losing her beloved Maltipoo Daisy to a coyote attack, Jessica Simpson may be at the lowest point of her life, friends fear.

“Daisy was her baby,” one of them tells PEOPLE. “It’s going to put her into a tailspin. It will put her into the worst place ever.”

Daisy was snatched away by a coyote before Simpson’s very eyes in Los Angeles last week, and, despite Simpson’s refusal to quit searching and offer of a reward, no sign has been seen of the caramel-colored dog. She was given the dog by [her] then-husband Nick Lachey in 2004, and Jessica and Daisy became inseparable.

“She won’t leave her parents’ house,” a source says.

“Whenever things went wrong for Jessica, she reached for Daisy,” another source, a friend, says. “Daisy was her security blanket. When people let her down, she always had Daisy.”

On Sept. 19, her stylist pal Ken Paves convinced Simpson to finally leave her parents’ house. They went to Vino in Encino, Calif., for an attempt to perk her up.

“Jessica seemed okay, but wasn’t smiling much,” an onlooker says. “The wine made her relax a bit, but it was still obvious that she was having a devastating week.”

Daisy was perhaps one of the most pampered pets in Hollywood. Simpson fed Daisy steak, not dog food, and referred to herself as “Daisy’s Mommy.” When leaving the house, Simpson left on the air-conditioning for her dog; and when Daisy was sick, Simpson refused visitors so that they wouldn’t wake Daisy. She threw Daisy birthday parties, and when she talked about having a “girls’ night in” with a video, she was talking about herself and Daisy.

“Jessica has a very small inner circle,” the friend said. “But she always had Daisy. Daisy gave her unconditional love.”

And, unlike some of the men in her life, the friend added, “Daisy never betrayed her. Daisy was always there for her. This is serious. Jessica’s heart is broken.”

Whenever she was out at night, Simpson called home and had “someone put Daisy on the phone so she could say goodnight.”

“Daisy ran the household,” the friend said. “If Daisy didn’t like you, you were gone. Sometimes if her regular hair and makeup people weren’t available and Jessica had a sit-in, if Daisy didn’t like them, they wouldn’t be back. Daisy ran the roost.”

When Simpson was having relationship problems, “she would cry herself to sleep at night, using Daisy as a pillow.”

It won’t be easy to find a replacement, another friend said.

“Jessica is very needy. She is very clingy,” the friend said. “She is so sweet, but sometimes because of that she’s hard to be around. It’s not always easy. She hates to be alone. That’s what happened with [ex-boyfriend and Dallas Cowboys quarterback] Tony [Romo]. Jessica smothers people. She doesn’t really have any hobbies. Daisy was exactly what Jessica needed.”

Another source close to the actress dismisses the possibility of a tailspin as “silly,” but notes Simpson “did love (Daisy) like she was family.”

All of the sources agreed on one point: It’s been a tough year for Jessica Simpson.

“I want her to catch a break,” the first friend said.

[From People]

What kills me is that I bet this article started out as some puff piece, totally sympathetic to Jessica. When the writer started contacting Jess’s friends, they just went out of their way to make her sound like this total mess of a girl. Like the Calamity Jane of inter-personal (and inter-species) relationships. So… does Jess really “smother” people? Is she clingy and needy? Maybe. Once again, I don’t really think it’s an issue of being pathetic. I think she’s just not very bright. She should get another dog, and take up a hobby that isn’t too complicated. Like Solitaire.

Jessica Simpson is shown in the header on 9/3/09. She is also shown on 9/21/09 at LAX airport with Ken Paves (not shown). Credit: MATINGAS/

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  1. LolaBella says:

    Hang in there Jess.
    I can’t snark at her, she’s had a tough year and trust me after everything that she’s been through with John ‘The Ultimate Douchebag’ Mayer and Tony ‘You suck as a QB’ Romo, I bet losing Daisy is the most traumatic thing that’s happened to her. That little dog was like a child to her and I know she’s hurting.

    I think it maybe time for Jess to tell her friends to STFU and not to talk to the press about her or maybe she needs to get some new friends.

  2. Yae says:

    I had an amazing pitbull for 11 years. She was my buddy, jogging partner and a watchful protectress. I still have a hard time looking at her picture without getting choked up even years later.

    I completely empathize with this girl.

  3. Firestarter says:

    Kaiser, I am surprized at the tone of “She should get another dog” like another dog and a hobby will fix everything.

    Bottom line, she loved her pet, and as difficult as it may be for some people to grasp. pets can be as significant in some people’s lives, as humans. Let the poor girl mourn the loss of Daisy and heal in her own way and own time. She has had a very public year of humiliation, disappointment and heatache. Give the give the girl a break. So she is silly and weak, but haven’t we all been a time or two in our lives?

    I feel for her regarding the loss of her pet. It isn’t easy to get over, it’s a death and it may not be a person, but to her, and many of us who adore our pets, Daisy was a person,

  4. crab says:

    I would feel the same exact way if that had happened to my cat of 17 years!! They are family and I feel like I am the mother to my cat!!

  5. ash says:

    Well, getting another dog wouldn’t hurt. Not a bad thing. Of course it wouldn’t replace what she lost. I wish I had a dog, never had one. If I did have one for that long I’d be devistated too.

  6. Popcorny says:

    Another harmless self indulgent ditz … except, this one doesn’t need drugs to attain that radiant glow of stupidity (also helps in keeping her makeup from running).
    I don’t think she’s fragile either, just PR hype to have the public feel badly for her instead of focusing on what a dim, unsexy, untalented and boring character she really is.
    I only feel badly for the dog.

  7. iced opal says:

    I can at least understand her love for her pet. We have a dog, a rabbit, a turtle, fish and just added a brand new sweet little black kitty. I love being surrounded by our animals. You can feel their love and they just make us happy! The kitty is a new thing for us, never had one before. But he’s a riot!! I feel bad for Jess.

  8. MSat says:

    I have two dogs. If anything were to happen to them, I know I would be inconsolable. They are part of our family. A few years ago, my older dog got lost when we moved to a new area. He wandered away while I wasn’t looking and he couldn’t find his way home. He was gone all night. I cried like a baby. We found him the next morning, but I will never forget that feeling. I definitely feel for Jessica.

  9. Lee says:

    She seems like a golden retriever puppy herself – dumb, needy and basically harmless. But I do feel bad for her. This just seems to be her bad luck year – we all have one of those runs in our lives, don’t we? Eventually life does go on, it gets better, and hopefully you’ve learned something from it.

  10. Jojo says:

    Yeah, she is having a really rough year. Jeez! Well, if this is rock bottom, things can only get better, right?

  11. SolitaryAngel says:

    I’ve grown up having pets all my life; I’ve had a cat for 5 years and though I call her “my baby” I have never felt that I was her Mommy. I feel bad for Jess because I think she’s wearing a cosmic “kick me” sign on her back. She for sure needs new friends.

  12. What evs says:

    I feel slightly bad for her, because I know it must be hard to lose a pet. But it annoys me why her little dog was captured in the first place? Did she not have it on a leash?? She probably wasn’t paying attention like she should obviously have been. WHo lets their little dog roam around up in the hills where coyotes are without a leash? I can’t think of any other reason why it would have been taken?? Everyone makes mistakes I understand that.. and not to kick someone when their down, but how brainless / ignorant can she get? Her little dog suffered a probably very violent scary end.

    Well, at least that dog probably lived a very good life while it was alive.

  13. fizXgirl314 says:

    ahhhh just leave her alone… is nothing sacred?

  14. BitterBetty says:

    @Popcorny: spot on.

  15. Bodhi says:

    i would completely fall apart if any thing happened to my dogs. I don’t think she is as fragile or smother-y as the press makes her out to be either. But damn, she has had a shitty year.

    Of course, she can afford to sit on the beach in Mexico for 3 weeks & chill out while the reas of us poor saps can’t…

  16. clare says:

    That’s a horrible, obnoxious article People mag wrote! Insert Jennifer Aniston’s name in Jessica’s place and JA’s men who always leave her in Daisy’s place and it’s the same story!!!
    I really feel for Jessica. Tatum O’Neal went out and tried to buy crack to help her cope when she couldn’t get over the death of her beloved dog. (Thanks God, she was busted before she could take any so she didn’t get caught back up in drugs!) I don’t think Jessica will turn to drugs since she never has been an addict, but her grief and depression over the loss of Daisy deserve more respect and compassion than People’s cloying story! No wonder that magazine is referred to as KNEEPADS!

  17. Schnauzer!!! says:

    I’m sorry, but if you have dogs, you should have a fence to protect them or have them on a leash to which YOU are connected. I feel horrible for Jessica, but I hope she will be smarter next time she gets a dog. RESPONSIBILITY is not just a word.

  18. wow says:

    I know she must be going through hell. Yes we all would be taking it bad if something happened to our pets. I sincerely get that part.

    But I still don’t understand how she would place her pet in that type of situation when she knows dangerous coyotes around. I just don’t see how that could go down right in front of her. Especially when she is known to love and treat Daisey as family. She didn’t just move to CA. last week, I’m sure she is not as flighty as she is portrayed.

    And what sorry excuse to call”friends”. I doubt her real friends would give out quotes that make her sound clingy. If anyone should have been taken away by a coyote it should have been the “friend” who made those quotes and not her beloved Daisy.

  19. wow says:

    Wanted to add that since she’s been going through a lot this year hopefully will mean something absolutely fabulous will be right around the corner for her.

  20. Firestarter says:

    Well I have mentioned this before about Coyotes. My parents have a home in Arizona and their neighbors lost a dog in much the same manner as Jessica. They have a fenced in yard, but Coyotes are not only fast, but they can dig under fences and they can jump over a fairly high fence when they have their eyes on the prize. The neighbors had a fenced in yard, just outside of Scottsdale and a coyote dug under the fence and that is how it got in and got out. People have no idea how determined and crafty those animals are.

  21. gg says:

    Clearly, relying on animals, boyfriends, and blabby friends is not working out for her.

    She needs a good therapist so she can quit being so codependent.

  22. Tazina says:

    Coyotes are very clever and fast. They know if people are vulnerable too, bold as brass snatched a wheelchair bound man’s cat as it sat not a foot away from him on his front porch. The coyote seemed to know the man could not defend his pet. I would think small children would not be safe from them either, maybe not even in their own back yards, glad I don’t live around there.

  23. Eileen Yover says:

    There is no way I’m going to kick this girl while she’s down. Everyone has had a shitty year before and I can’t imagine if I had to go through mine in public. Oy.
    Everything I write on here, I would have no problem saying it to their faces, and if I was sitting in front of this girl, I’d just give her a big hug.

  24. valupack says:

    Poor girl. Her family needs to go get her a great rescue dog. When I lost my beloved Zoe I couldn’t fathom getting another, but a good friend got one for me and you fall in love with them no matter your grief

  25. Guest says:

    Hugs & prayers for Jess. :(

  26. barneslr says:

    I am not going to knock anyone that is grieving the loss of a beloved pet. And to lose one in such a sudden and horrible way is even worse. I’m no fan of hers, but she gets a free pass from me on this one.

  27. hatsumomo says:

    I do think getting another dog or an would help ease the loneliness. sometimes it helps to have something to focus on, you know what I mean?

    iced opal: CONGRATULATIONS if he is your first cat. You’ll love him to death(no pun). You soon see why people become ‘cat ladies’. Its what help attract me to my man. When I went to his apartment for the first time, he had the smallest beautiful cat ever. I was sold on the cat alone! And she gets along with my calico.

  28. I do feel bad for Jessica, but I can’t say the “get another dog” comment is completely off-base. It may be too soon for her, but I think the point is that Jessica needs something to distract her from all the bad things that have happened to her this year.

    I also agree with wow in that her friends are kind of crappy for portraying her to the press as this clingy mess of a woman. With friends like that, who needs enemies.

  29. mollination says:

    Oh god, my eyes are welling up just reading this. I don’t think it’s laid on thick at all. There is something different about little dogs; they really are like little people when it’s just them and their master. They’re not as independent and “oafish” (for lack of a better word to describe a dog’s happy nature to just be near people and be fed regularly) as bigger dogs. (Please don’t attack me about the finer qualities of bigger dogs, I’ve had them. I love them. I’m just saying there are two very different connections, and neither one is “better” or “stronger” than the other).

    Speaking as a single female who lives with just her little dog, I swear I do absolutely every single one of those things did with Daisy (except use him as a pillow. He just stands on my lap when I cry), and my world would be over if I watched Milton get killed. I can’t even fathom – and I haven’t even had Milton as long as Jess has had Daisy.

    I want to give Jess a hug.

    I just….god. I’m so sad now.

  30. Rebecca says:

    I’ve never been a Jessica Simpson fan but I do feel really bad for her. That’s a lot to go through in the public eye and losing a pet is especially traumatic. You feel the loss for years.

  31. iced opal says:

    Thanks hatsumomo! we got him from a friend of our who’s cat had kittens. he’s just to fun to be around. once he realized our dog wasn’t a threat, they’ve been great togehter. I can’t wait to get home to cuddle him!

  32. iced opal says:

    hatsumomo ~ also now I have to start reading up on how to care for a kitty!

  33. Sudini says:

    My heart just breaks for Jess. LolaBella got it right – this has to be way harder than losing the past two douchebag boyfriends. I know I’d be absolutely devastated if I lost my cat of 15 years, especially in such a violent manner. I pray that Daisy is at peace, and that Jess finds peace as well. The poor lamb..

  34. The Domestic Goddess says:

    Lots of love and hugs to Jess. oxoox

  35. MeowMeow says:

    If something happened to my cat, I would TWEAK. I don’t have children, and don’t want them right now, so she IS like my child. There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for her.

    Jessica is dumber than a box of hair, for sure. But good God — she’s had a horrible year, and she’s mourning Daisy. I even get sick to my stomach thinking about that poor, sheltered dog being carried away by coyotes. Daisy must have been terrified. And Jessica no doubt blames herself.

    I hope she has a big supply of xanax and a good shrink.

  36. j. ferber says:

    I wish Jessica only the best. I, too, hope something wonderful is waiting for her around the corner.

  37. Sakota says:

    “I hope she has a big supply of xanax and a good shrink.”

    You know, I have lost pets and never needed therapy. What is with her that she can’t seem to handle disappointments maturely? She treats her divorce like a joke, has played with the reputations of the men she’s dated, and is now on the verge of a breakdown because of her losing her dog?

    I sympathize, but at what point is someone going to shake her and tell her to grow up? If Jess had epitomized the attitudes of American women during WWII we never would have won.

  38. Yae says:

    Sakota, Im a displined hard worker. My military Officer-dad told me to “shape up” when times got tough.

    However, as an EMT on his off-time, I still remember his tears after he tried to revive our old mutt Brownie from a heart-attack, and how he sobbed when he told animal control to “pick up the body”.

    Dogs are rich in attitude and selfless in dedication. And I suppose that some that love those qualities in dogs, wish for those qualities in humans.

    Hard qualities to find in both doses today. Jessica is a family girl. She forms close attachments. I say, “Keep trying. The right one will come.”

    PS Sakota: look up “Stubby” WW2

  39. eternalcanadian says:

    holy heck. where does she lives that coyotes are going around taking dogs and cats left and right? isn’t that why people have fences and electroshock wiring around the perimeter of their property? so sad. condolences to jessica on the loss of her furchild. :(