Jessica Simpson: 'I'd Love Six Kids'

10/15/2008 at 04:00 PM ET
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Impending motherhood has served to strengthen the bond between Jessica Simpson, 28, and her little sister Ashlee Simpson-Wentz, 24, Jessica says in a new interview with The Daily Telegraph. "I already feel as if I’m an aunt because I talk to that baby all the time," Jessica explains. "I’m really close to my sister and since she’s pregnant right now, she’s always around, which is great."

With Ashlee’s due date fast approaching — she expects her first child with husband Pete Wentz later this fall — Jessica admits she "can’t wait" to meet her new niece or nephew. From the sound of things, if Jessica has her way, Ashlee’s baby will have no shortage of cousins to play with. "I’d love six kids running around, but I guess I’ll have to start pretty soon," Jessica says.

Jessica’s new album Do You Know is in stores now.

To see some of Ashlee’s best maternity looks, click here!

Source: The Daily Telegraph

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shea on

Why does she have to “start soon”? I’m about to be 42 on the 31st of this month and I am pregnant with my 4th child, Alessia, who is due on March 6th. My oldest daughter is 23 (with a 1½ yr old of her own), my 2nd daughter is 13, and I had my thrid daughter 16 months ago. Are we done? Only God knows for sure.

shea on

I should have added that I think I am a *Much* better Mommy the older that I get than I was when my first child was born. I don’t think at 28 Jessica is “running out of time”…..

Nicole on

You ever notice how it’s always people who have NO kids who want like 6? LOL.

Cristi on

Nicole – I was thinking the same thing! Maybe she should start with one and then go from there. I have three and feel like I have six!!

Kate on

Fertility begins to decline for most women around 35. Some women can get pregnant in their 40s, but a large percentage can’t.

tink1217 on

fertility begina to decline when a woman hits about 30, actually. And then drastically by 35. Not to say all women have that problem, of course. As for Jessica having 6 kids…I think she should have one and then decide!

Lorelei on

I agree with Nicole. Spoken like someone with no children. I wanted eight and stopped at three.

zaoli on

I had no idea Jessica was so young. When I read the headline I was thinking she’d better hustle, but only 28? Wow.

brooke on

I think jessica was kidding. I’m a big fan of her’s and I heard her say in the past she loves kids and wouldn’t mind like 6, but in reality she said she will most likely have 2-3 kids like most people in her family has. She will be a good mom someday I think, of all the celebrities in their 20’s who were in rehab, arrested, showing their crotch, partying, etc jessica stays pretty quite and seems close to her family.

shea on

I think it’s cool she wants a big family….I always wanted 7. This will be my 4th girl and I hope we can have at least one if not 2 more… (there is such a huge gap in my children’s ages due to divorce and remarriage.) If I had been with my husband from the start, who knows how many we’d have by now. I love being a mom and think as along as you can afford it, that big families are awesome.

Sarah on

You know, people here are always talking about how hurtful it is for people to assume they can have babies in their late 30’s and 40’s and how offensive it is because they couldn’t, but to be honest, I am offended by the opposite and it hurts on the other side too. I’m 28 and I’m starting all over on a new career path and do not even have a boyfriend at the moment. Obviously, it will most likely be a while before I have kids, but I do have hope for the future and if it doesn’t happen, I’ll cross that line when I get there. But every time I come here, it’s such a downer to see every other comment saying a woman needs to realize she’s going to have a hard time at a certain age. I’m not trying to be the thought police, but there seem to be people who are so quick to jump on that…think about how painful your own words might be.

Amanda on

It’s simply fact that fertility declines with age. Some women can get pregnant with ease in their late 30s and 40s, but then you have the others who cannot. Not to mention the risks go up with age or there would not be that medical term ‘advanced maternal age’ and all the increased risks that go along with it.
I have two children, I’ve always wanted 4 and still hope to have 4; but if that does not happen by the time I am 35 I refuse to take the risks when there are children out there already who need a home. That’s my personal view of course but Jessica only has 7 years until she’s 35, if she truly wants 6 then yes she doesn’t have a lot of time to get those all in before the risks go up.

Sarita on

I’m in the same position as you Sarah but I don’t think it’s hurtful, it’s just realistic.
We need to think about this if we are sure we want biological children. I would like to be able to say I have all the time in the world, but that’s just not true and I have to keep that in mind, ignoring it doesn’t make it less true.

girlJordan on

I’m 28 (I’m actually a day older than Jessica Simpson) and I’m nowhere near having kids (I want them and would have had them by now but I’m not in a relationship) and I’m already worried about my biological clock ticking. I always wanted to have a big family but I’ve come to accept that I’ll probably only have one or two – if that.

brooke on

Jessica’s rich most likely even at 40-41 she will be able to have kids, look at all the celebrities having kids in late 30’s early 40’s, halle berry, salma hayek, jlo, lisa marie presley, lisa bonet, gwen stefani, the list goes on and on. More celebrities have kids in their 30’s and 40’s than in their 20’s lately. Plus with money you can get ferility treatments and everything.

Ms.B on

Six kids???? I bet she can’t even count to six……..

Meg on

Maybe Jessica doesn’t want her children close in age, and that’s why she wants to “start soon”. It could be that she simply wants her children a few years apart. Or, she doesn’t want to have children after she turns a certain age. Not everyone is comfortable with themselves having children in their late 40s. It could be any number of reasons, but there is no reason why we have to criticize Jessica for prefering to start when she wants to.

lanna'smom on

Maybe she wants to be a younger mom, and what’s wrong with that? I had always planned to have a child in my early 20’s and that’s what I did. I love being a young mom and wouldn’t change anything. There are many advantages, and unlike some other posters, I wasn’t about to wait for the “perfect” time b/c there is no such thing. It will be life-changing and hard no matter when you do it. There isn’t some magical age when you are prepared, believe me!

mmh on

Uh, some people do not believe in fertility treatments (for religious or other reasons). I do not, although I believe others have the right to do so… But, Jess may be one of those who does not — $$ or not. Just saying.

Julie on

I didn’t want to have kids in my 20’s, got married at 23 and started trying at age 30….I got pregnant with our son in only two months. She has time.
She may change her mind though about six though after having one first!🙂
Sarah – try not to let fertility comments bother you.
I have friends who had fertility trouble in their mid twenties, while on the other hand my own Grandma didn’t start having children until she was about 37, my great aunts had kids into their 40’s.

MommyX2 on

I don’t see how 28 is so young. She’s almost 30. I don’t think 30 is very young at all in terms of having children. It just seems like the new trend is for women to wait until the very end to start a family, which I don’t personally understand. I could never ever see myself starting to have babies at age 40 or more. Not only are the chances of your baby having some sort of birth defect so high, but I just don’t get the allure of being such an old mom. I assume that it would be much harder to bounce back from pregnancy, not to mention keep up with your kids. Yes, of course there are plenty of moms who are very fit at that age, etc. but I just personally see it as getting too old to just be starting a family . Once again, this is my PERSONAL opinion.

LanLan on

I completely agree with mommy x2.
Do some posters on here simply ignore the fact that fertility declines at 30 then plummets at 35? She only has 2 years of ‘optimum’ fertility left and if she wants 6 kids (especially if they’re not all back to back pregnancies which I’d say is likely), then she’s right – she’s needs to start pretty soon.
So what if you or so-and-so ‘celebrity’ got pregnant at 45? The whole point of statistics is that it shows the GENERAL trend that getting pregnant, staying pregnant and birthing a healthy baby at 40 is pretty rare. You have the problems of increased genetic diseases e.g Down’s syndrome:
at age 40, a 1-in-100 chance; and at 45, a 1-in-30 chance.
Then problems of miscarriage ; more than 50 PERCENT of pregnancies in women age 42+ end in miscarriage. With figures like these, its no wonder some women including Jessica are bypassing this trend and planning to have children sooner rather than later.

kelpy on

Maybe big sister Jessica is feeling the need to catch up?
She should start with one baby and then take it from there.

gagirl on

I think some of you should re-read Shea’s post. We don’t need the ‘facts’ reiterated, ok? Fertility declines with age. WE GET IT! So to those of you who already have children: good for you! But for those of us who still do not it would be nice if you’d quit rubbing it in our faces. I’m about to be 31 and am single. I want children more than anything and am not going to spend my time stressing over fertility, ok? I will wait until I find Mr. Right and then plan to get pregnant. And guess what? I won’t get pregnant immediately, either! Some of you act like it’s the end of the world if you’re not married w/ kids by 30! My mother had my brother at 38 and he was planned. And there are plenty of other women out there who are doing the same thing. It’s not that serious, people. Just lay off, already. Your comments are really offensive to some of us so think before you speak.

CelebBabyLover on

Go gagirl! Why should women have to have kids before they’re 30? I actually think that’s a little un-realistic. A lot of people aren’t ready to be parents when they’re in their twenties.

Also, just because people “wait” until their 30s or 40s to have kids doesn’t neccesarily mean it was by choice!

My mother was just a few weeks shy of 30 when she had her first child, but it wasn’t her choice to wait that long. She and my dad had fertility problems. They WANTED to have children when they were in their mid-twenties, but it just didn’t work out that way.

In otherwords, there are many reasons why someone may not have kids until their 30s or 40s. Unless they tell us, we don’t know what those reasons are, and, IMO, it isn’t fair to judge.

Soph on

I’m 23 and four months pregnant with my first baby and I LOVE being a young first timer! I’ve been married for a year, to a guy I’ve been with since I was 16 and we knew it was the right time.

Saying that I know much much older first time mums, who feel equally what they’re doing is right.

It’s an individual choice. I want to be able to enjoy my grandchildren (a bit far thinking I know) when the time comes and maybe start a new career when my child/ren is/are older. Others prefer to have a career first. There’s nothing wrong EITHER WAY.

I know ladies in their early 20s who had immense trouble concieving. It’s not restricted to the over 30s!


gg on

I swear, some of you just look for things to criticize! If she were Jamie-Lynn Spears, people would be upset that she was having a baby too early. She says she would have to start soon for 6 kids and you jump on that. Really? This was probably one of the most tame interviews out there! lol

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