ALL IN THE FAM­ILY

This mu­si­cal duo talk about their lat­est en­deav­our

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Ac­tress and singer Ash­lee Simp­sonRoss and her hus­band Evan Ross are let­ting fans in­side their world with their in­ti­mate new re­al­ity se­ries. Ash­lee & Evan fol­lows the young cou­ple as they bal­ance their ca­reers with par­ent­ing their daugh­ter Jag­ger, three, plus Ash­lee’s son Bronx, nine, from her mar­riage to Pete Wentz. As the younger sis­ter of Jessica Simp­son, she’s no stranger to the world of re­al­ity TV, while Evan has ex­pe­ri­ence in the lime­light as the son of famed singer Diana Ross. We caught up with the cou­ple on the phone from their home in Los An­ge­les.

Why did you de­cide to make a re­al­ity show?

Evan: We started work­ing on mu­sic to­gether and we wanted to doc­u­ment

it, so I got a friend to shoot the process. Watch­ing it back, we re­alised it wasn’t enough to ex­plain the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind our mu­sic and it was a lit­tle bor­ing. Some­how it ended up be­com­ing a docu-se­ries. It’s re­ally nice in the world right now to be able to show some­thing that’s pos­i­tive and full of love. We weren’t try­ing to do some­thing that was neg­a­tive and ar­ti­fi­cial.

What was it like mix­ing busi­ness with plea­sure?

Ash­lee: I’ve en­joyed work­ing with Evan so much. He has his own thing and I have mine, but com­ing to­gether to do this has been one of the most spe­cial ex­pe­ri­ences. It’s so fun go­ing to the stu­dio to­gether.

Evan: A lot of time in this in­dus­try, you get pulled apart be­cause of work. That hap­pened to us in the be­gin­ning of our re­la­tion­ship and we’re try­ing to find a way to do some­thing to­gether.

Ash­lee, af­ter tak­ing time out to be a mum, were you ner­vous about be­ing back in the spot­light?

Ash­lee: I def­i­nitely have that fear that we’re re­ally putting our­selves out there, but at the same time, I have the men­tal­ity that you only have one life and this is a fun mo­ment that I’m ex­cited to share.

You’ re work­ing on an al­bum to­gether. Ash­lee, how have you found mak­ing mu­sic again?

Ash­lee: It re­ally has been so nice. I’ve al­ways been mak­ing mu­sic, but I’ve not put it out pub­licly in so long, so this is def­i­nitely an ex­cit­ing time in life and it just feels good.

Af­ter all that hard work, it sounds like you need a fam­ily hol­i­day in New Zealand...

Ash­lee: Def­i­nitely! Evan: I ac­tu­ally had one of my birth­days in New Zealand when I was young and my mum was per­form­ing. I loved it there. I must have been around 13. We spent months out there. We’ve def­i­nitely got to go one day, Ash­lee!

SO Y’RE THE E! TUN IN

Talk a-pout cute! The cou­ple pose up a storm with kids Bronx (left) and Jag­ger.

The cou­ple’s gor­geous wed­ding in 2014 was of­fi­ci­ated by Evan’s mother, Diana. Be­low left: Ash­lee with her sis­ter Jessica.

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