Ashlee Simpson, who made headlines last year when she turned up with a new image and profile, says she's still the same on the inside.
"I feel very confident with the way I look," the 22-year-old singer says in Cosmopolitan magazine's June issue, on newsstands Tuesday. "But I felt just as confident the way I looked before. I've always been confident with who I am."
Simpson — the sister of 26-year-old Jessica Simpson, another tabloid fixture — raised eyebrows when she debuted a more feminine look and softer profile, fueling speculation that she'd removed the bump that made her nose distinctive. When asked last spring if she'd had surgery, she told The Associated Press: "Maybe — who knows!"
Though she's been seen recently with Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz, Simpson has a soft spot for surfer dudes.
Simpson, who is working on her third album, says she has matured both as a person and an artist.
"I'm in a stronger place now," she says. "I'm coming into my womanhood, and it's changing my music."