Jessica Simpson Looks Back at the Major Hair Change She Made After Nick Lachey Divorce

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Simpson and Lachey were married from 2002 until 2006

<p>Evan Agostini/Getty Images</p> Jessica Simpson performs on

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Jessica Simpson performs on 'The Early Show' in New York City.

Jessica Simpson is reflecting on her famous breakover moment.

In honor of winning Footwear News’ icon award, the fashion mogul looked back at some of her most iconic Y2K looks — including her major hair transformation in 2006.

Simpson, who has often worn long hair throughout her career, debuted a short bob at the end of August that year, which she attributes to a major life change: her divorce from Nick Lachey.

“I was going through a divorce and I just said take it all off,” Simpson said, looking back at a look she wore on The Early Show. 

The haircut came two months after her divorce from Lachey and in the midst of a press tour for Simpson’s last pop record, A Public Affair. The couple tied the knot in 2002 and confirmed their split in November 2005.

In a statement released at the time, the pair called the breakup ”the mutual decision of two people with an enormous amount of respect and admiration for each other.”

<p>Mark Mainz/Getty Images</p> Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson attend the Gucci Spring 2006 fashion show in Beverly Hills.

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Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson attend the Gucci Spring 2006 fashion show in Beverly Hills.

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In 2020, Simpson told PEOPLE that Lachey was her “first love.”

“We really got crushed by the media and by ourselves,” she said. “I couldn’t lie to our fans and I couldn’t give somebody hope that we were this perfect golden couple.”

In her memoir, which was released in March 2021, Simpson published journal entries from her 2005 diary. In one note, Simpson wrote, “I didn’t want to be married any longer but I was also afraid to be alone with ‘no one to call my own but the night.’”

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Related: Jessica Simpson 'Never Really Left' Her Y2K Fashion Era: 'I Have My Staples' (Exclusive) 

In 2014, Simpson married former NFL player Eric Johnson, with whom she shares three children.

Like her iconic post-breakup haircut, Simpson told Footwear News that all her old looks hold a special place in her heart: “I honestly keep everything — too many things.”

Simpson added that she keeps her clothes in two storage units, and she remembers the details of every look: "They all have a story.”

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