As soon as Ashlee Simpson seems to have recovered from one embarrassing incident, another pops up — the SNL lip-syncing episode was followed by the Orange Bowl booing, and more recently, video of some McDonald's misbehavior hit the Internet just a month before her collapse onstage in Japan. But as she sings on her I Am Me track "L.O.V.E.," she can get through anything with a little help from her friends — if only friends weren't so hard to find in the first place.
"I don't think I'm hard to get to know when I meet someone," the singer told Seventeen in an interview that appears in the magazine's March issue (she's on the cover). "But it's different to trust somebody, to be like, 'OK, I'm going through this. Can you help me?' Or to, like, actually lean on somebody. Because people will go sell your story or make up something about you and say, 'Blah blah blah,' which gets back to so-and-so."
Even other celebs — who should understand her situation — aren't that trustworthy, Simpson said. "I think it's always in my mind to stay away from the Hollywood scene. Luckily, I have my sister. She's like, 'Don't go near that person.' "
Too bad Jessica wasn't around to warn Ashlee not to get near the guy holding up his cell phone in line at a Toronto-area McDonald's. The younger Simpson explained her counter-crawling behavior — which was caught on his phone's video camera and spread on the Internet in November — as the result of her being "a little tipsy."
"I was being a little, you know, silly and crazy that day," Ashlee told the mag. "I was laughing and joking around, and the guy behind me in line was like, 'Uh, you're gross' — but he didn't know who I was until I turned around. ... So then he was like, 'Can I have my picture with you?' And I was like, 'Dude, you called me gross!' " (In the clip, Simpson tells him she won't take a picture with him because he won't kiss her feet).
Simpson said she wasn't aware that the camera was rolling the whole time, and she regrets the way it makes her look ("They definitely [edited] stuff together"). But she thinks her McDonald's moment has only made her stronger, because it forced her to deal with public expectations yet again. "I feel it was a moment of growing up," she said. "Most people do that in college — mine has to be done in front of the world."
The following month, Ashlee had another embarrassing moment when she cut short a MTV Japan concert after complaining about losing her voice, only to collapse afterward (see "Ashlee Simpson's Collapse Due To Exhaustion"). Growing pains on top of exhaustion? "I had been on tour, going going going, and not giving myself a breath. And it came down on me," she told MTV Europe on Monday. "Now I'm feeling fresh and good and well," she said. "I'm going to actually take some time off when I go home, go write in my studio and relax."
After her collapse, Simpson flew home, where her mother took care of her for a bit. And then she went to Hawaii for a 10-day vacation with her new boyfriend, bandmate Braxton Olita. "We've been really close for a while now, since he's been in the band a few months," she told MTV Europe.
While they're happy, she doesn't want to rush it — especially because she has those lingering trust issues. "It's scary for me to actually have a boyfriend," she told Seventeen. "You give your heart up and it might be broken." Still, she's trying to enjoy it, just not at a tabloid-ready pace"
"A lot of people are like, 'We just met, we're engaged!' That kind of thing, which is weird," she told Seventeen. "You do what you gotta do, but for me, I think marriage is a hard thing to get through."
"I just got a new home," Simpson told MTV Europe, "but I'm not moving in with him!"