was born in Texas, and is the younger sister of pop star Jessica Simpson
Jessica found fame in the late 1990s and Ashlee became one of her back-up dancers on tour. Jessica and her then-husband Nick Lachey starred in a MTV reality show, Newlyweds
, and Ashlee came to prominence through her inclusion in the show.
By 2003 Ashlee had her own record deal, and was working on her debut album Autobiography
. As an accompaniment to the album, The Ashlee Simpson Show
aimed to create interest in her music by showing the recording process as well as insights into Ashlee's personal life.
The show ran for ten episodes, and by 2004 Autobiography
was number one in the US album charts. Following a tour Ashlee began working on her second album, I Am Me
, which also went to number one.
In 2006, Ashlee took on her first West End stage performance
as Roxie Hart in Chicago.
The performance was a hit and she received critical acclaim.
Ashlee married fellow musician Pete Wentz, from the band Fall Out Boy
, in 2008. The pair had one son together, Bronx Mowgli, born in the November of that same year.
In 2014, Ashlee married Evan Ross
, in a bohemian-style ceremony.