They say that when life hands you lemons you should make lemonade, and it looks like Jessica Simpson has taken this idiom to heart.
The reality TV/pop star announced yesterday that she is expecting her first child with fiancé Eric Johnson with a statement on her website accompanied by a photo of herself dressed as a mummy (get it?) with a caption reading, "It's true — I'm going to be a mummy!" But if Internet buzz is to be believed, Simpson didn't always plan to announce her pregnancy in such a low-key (but totally adorable and perfect) way. Word on the street is that Simpson wanted to sell her story to one of the weekly rags for a cool $500,000 but paparazzi caught her looking very pregnant before a deal could be reached and none of the tabloids would pony up the cash for the worst kept secret in Tinseltown.
We think the way Simpson ultimately handled the announcement was flawless. Sure, an extra $500 grand would have been nice, but it's not like she needs the cash – Simpson is inarguably the most successful celeb-turned- designer on the block with a billion dollar fashion line to her name. There's something that's just deeply lowbrow and gross about selling the details of your private life to a tabloid for profit. It's simply not an A-list thing to do, Jess. Pics of the kid once he or she is born we totally get – the celeb is getting ahead of demand for that first picture and saving their newborn from having a bounty placed on their head by paparazzi (though, if they were truly classy, they'd turn even that cash over to charity the way Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt did). But whenever we find out about, say, Michelle McGee selling the dirty details of her affair with Jesse James to In Touch, our stomach turns.
No, this was better, Jessica – less fame-whorey, less tabloid trashy. It's a trend we'd like to see catch on, and we're not just talking about stars opting away from the rags for announcements like this. Simpson's costume-clad, pun-filled statement was adorable and reminded us why we love the dizzy blonde bombshell.
So we're calling for all celebs from here on out to have a little more fun with these things than the standard-issue press release. This year, of course, there was another great example of a celeb taking her pregnancy announcement to another level. Check it out after the jump!
We're referring to our girl Beyonce, duh! All King Bey had to do was drop her mic, unbutton her jacket and rub her belly at the end of her performance at this year's MTV Video Music Awards to let the world know she was expecting. The crowd inside the Nokia Theater went wild and the moment became the most tweeted-about event ever.
See how easy and tasteful that was?