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Jessica Simpson Makes Fat Joke

Feb. 13 2009, Published 1:51 p.m. ET

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Jessica Simpson has been the butt of fat jokes lately, so she's firing back by poking fun of herself.

When Jess took the stage at NYC's Madison Square Garden Thursday night, she wasn't wearing any tight jeans.

Instead, she wore shorts covered by a long, loose top in slimming black.

Jess told the audience that when she'd played Madison Square Garden in

the past, her pants had ripped.

"So I wanted to wear something tonight that I knew wouldn't split!," she joked with the crowd.

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Besides addressing the fat jokes, Jess seemed determined to silence rumors that she and boyfriend Tony Romo had split. Jess peppered her nine song set with lovey-dovey references to her Dallas Cowboys quarterback beau, who didn't seem to have made the trip to the Big Apple.

Introducing 'You Are My Sunday', she said, "You know there's something about being in love that makes you happy to be alive every day. It's ok if it's Groundhog Day if you're in love. Well, that's kind of how I feel right now."

Jess opened for country superstars Rascal Flatts and was back on her game after a shaky performance last week in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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