[artist id="1245169"]Jessica Simpson[/artist], who has garnered much criticism for debuting a curvier figure at a concert earlier this week, vaguely addressed the issue with her fans when she hit the stage on Wednesday night in Virginia.
"Thank you for your support," the leather-pants-clad singer told the crowd at the end of her set in Charlottesville, where she was opening for Rascal Flatts, reports People.com. "Stay positive, and pray out loud! I love you guys, good night."
Although she never specifically mentioned the press she's been receiving regarding her weight gain, she did add, "Please remember, no matter what you go through in life, somebody else might have it harder. So just appreciate. I feel like in our world today, we focus on so many things that are completely pointless."
Simpson's family members have come to her defense since people starting gossiping about her weight. Most recently, her brother-in-law, [artist id="1235716"]Fall Out Boy's[/artist] Pete Wentz, spoke out about it.
"I think that the media puts too harsh of a spotlight on women in general, and I think it's a bummer," Wentz said, according to UsMagazine.com. "It's bad for young women." Wentz added. "I see it affecting young girls who come to our shows, and that's a bummer. Real beauty is on the inside, man."
Earlier this week, in a post titled "Since when did a woman's weight become newsworthy," Ashlee Simpson-Wentz wrote that she was "completely disgusted by the headlines concerning my sister's weight. A week after the inauguration and with such a feeling of hope in the air for our country, I find it completely embarrassing and belittling to all women to read about a woman's weight or figure as a headline on Fox News."