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Jessica Simpson goes back to religious roots?
(Writing and reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis)
Having recently re-invented herself as a country music, rather than a pop, star, the blond, Texas-born daughter of a church minister says she now wants to study religion.
“I’ve been contemplating taking a college course in religion,” Simpson told Marie Claire magazine in an interview. “I love religion. I remember whenever the book ‘The Da Vinci Code’ came out, the Discovery Channel did this three-night piece on it that I TiVoed and then watched eight times.”
Simpson, 28, started singing in the choir of her Baptist church but later became a teen pop star in the mode of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. A strong Christian, she wore a purity ring and said she had remained a virgin until her short-lived marriage in 2002 to boyband singer Nick Lachey.
Simpson later branched out into acting, appearing in the 2005 movie “The Dukes of Hazard”. But in September she released a country music album that went to the top of the Billboard country music charts, giving Simpson her first No 1album.