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Marriage Crumbling: Ashlee Simpson & Evan Ross' Bitter Fight Caught On Camera

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Feb. 25 2019, Updated 11:41 a.m. ET

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Ashlee Simpson can't get over the humiliation of her 2004 Saturday Night Live lip sync disaster, and it is still affecting her music career — and her marriage!

On the latest episode of Ashlee + Evan, the couple prepared to release a song together, but Simpson was apprehensive about moving forward, causing a fight.

"You maybe wanna just put that one out? Get a vibe?" Evan Ross said to his wife about their song "Paris."

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"No!" Simpson told him. "That's not how I want to put our first song out after like, this many years."

"You've never done this before. I have," she told him. "And if you make a mistake or whatever...I've had albums out and you make a stupid mistake, or you do something like that and you can never f**king take that back."

Simpson later explained why she was hesitating, recalling her humiliating lip-synch disaster on SNL.

"I didn't feel like I had a choice," she said. "I had never had an experience musically that I was ready for like SNL.

"I didn't know I had vocal problems. Everyone told me you have to do this, lip syncing. It was the most humbling experience of my life."

Crying, she recalled: "Everyone thinks you're a joke. I'm a perfectionist. That was a difficult time.:

"I look at myself as this young girl that didn't deserve to go through that. The world is a tough place."

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Her husband sought the advice of her manager, her dad Papa Joe Simpson.

"When me and Ashlee start moving, it's exciting 'cause things are actually happening," Ross told Papa Joe. "All of a sudden there's a stop and I could tell it's become a little too real and she's pulling back."

Ashlee's dad had words of wisdom. "When you're young, you're fearless, right? You haven't had failure yet. And then as you grow and you go through failures and you go through mistakes, then all of a sudden these voices get in your head.

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"That's part of maturity, you have to manage the voices."

So Simpson agreed to release her song, and they invited their friends to a listening party at Ross' Hollywood club Warwick.

"I'm not ready to like, perform tomorrow and those steps are maybe too far for me, but maybe we like, play our music or something," she told her husband. "I feel like we need a night out. I don't know, maybe play a song somewhere."

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In her confessional, Simpson said she was scared. "Every time you let people hear your music, I feel like it's kinda like you're sharing a piece of you with them. I feel like we're just taking our clothes off and putting our music on."

Simpson also realized her relationship worked better when she wasn't fighting with her husband.

"Evan and I always work really well when we meet in the middle. He really shows me he's listening.

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I realize in this process I need to let go a little bit."

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