Ashlee Simpson: Rebuilding Her Self-Esteem One Fan at a Time

If Ashlee Simpson was in need of a confidence rebuilding exercise after her lip-synching debacle on Saturday Night Live and the subsequent boos of Orange Bowl fans, going out on tour was clearly the right call.

Throughout her sold-out concert at Palace Theater on Saturday night, legions of girl fans shrieked like an unyielding high wind, dancing in the aisles and donning homemade t-shirts with the messages “Ashlee is my homegirl” and “We LOVE you Ashlee!!!” In the upstairs lobby, teens in dark sunglasses and spangly tank tops, along with little girls in zebra-striped dresses and patent leather go-go boots were drawn to a banner that read ‘Get your rockstar photo like Ashlee!” They cheerfully grabbed a microphone and mugged for the camera in front of a backdrop meant to look like the cover of Simpson’s multiplatinum debut record, “Autobiography.”

In return, Simpson delivered a non lip-synched show with a rock star strut clad in a series of outfits, including a t-shirt that read, “I want to be normally insane.” She also shared plenty of teeny bopper wisdom and squeaky giggles in between songs.

“I’ve been through a lot this year,” she told the crowd while introducing her self-esteem anthem “Love Me for Me.” “I’ve learned we have to get over things. I mean, who cares what people say as long you love yourself?”


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