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And Finally, Jess Herself Says -

Jessica Simpson at Univ. of Virginia, Jan. 29th (Photo: Splash News Online)

Last night, Jessica Simpson — making her first official public appearance since she debuted her newly round body earlier in the week — had this to say to her fans:

“Thank you for your support.”

Wearing hip-hugging leather pants, the 28 year-old did her set at the University of Virginia’s John Paul Jones Arena — the latest stop on her tour with Rascal Flatts — and finished with observations and advice.

“Please remember, no matter what you go through in life, somebody else might have it harder,” she said. “So just appreciate.

“I feel like in our world today we focus on so many things that are completely pointless.

“Stay positive, and pray out loud. I love you guys, good night!”