We have no idea why Jessica Simpson is reportedly asking for $500,000 simply to confirm that she is, apparently, pregnant. But according to Page Six, that is indeed the case.
Simpson reportedly wants a half-million bucks to tell someone she's pregnant, and then that someone can publish the first photos of the baby. If you believe the New York Post, Simpson's stage dad, Joe, thinks his daughter's cash calf is worth all that. (Or, well, OK, maybe it's just a beach ball; we have no idea what's in Simpson's uterus, and Simpson's rep didn’t respond to a request for comment.)
For those of you unfamiliar with the celebrity photo-trafficking game, the idea of a star selling out her kid is not a new one. What is eye-opening is Simpson's reported asking fee.
In recent years, we've seen Nicole Richie sell the first photos of baby Harlow for a reported $1 million, and Christina Aguilera raked in a reported $2 million for splashing baby Max on the cover of People. And of course, baby Shiloh Jolie-Pitt earned her parents an estimated $4 million, with the proceeds going to charity. But nowadays, in the current economic climate, most stars know better than to ask for six figures for a photo, unless both parents are ridiculously famous, and both of those parents work constantly, and the baby's last name rhymes with Folie-Zitt.
In contrast, Simpson "doesn't have anything super relevant going on right now," points out 5W publicist Ronn Torossian, who is credited with negotiating photo sales on behalf of La Jolie. "And the father of the baby, Simpson's fiancé, is a retired former football player; nobody knows who he is.
"It's a badly kept secret that she's pregnant, and I would be amazed if she got that much money."
Do not confuse Simpson's current B-list status with a dwindling bank account. According to Women's Wear Daily, Simpson's name is licensed to 22 different kinds of products — products that earned $750 million in retail sales in 2010.
So, to sum up what we know so far: Simpson is both sort-of famous and obscenely wealthy, and she apparently wants to use her maybe-pregnancy to make a half-million bucks.
There is one other possible explanation for Simpson's reported asking price: She thinks she’s Beyoncé. Of the current crop of babymaking stars out there, we're told, Mrs. Jay-Z is the one celebrity who could still command top dollar if she so desired. Or, more like a million top dollars.
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Photos: Angelina Jolie pregnant in 2008, left. Beyoncé pregnant in 2011, right. And, well, Jessica Simpson. Credits: Valery Hache / Agence France-Presse / Getty Images, left; VH1, center; Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images, right.