Despite having taken time to focus on being a mother, Simpson announced a fourth studio album that same year.
In 2006, Simpson began a relationship with Fall Out Boy member Pete Wentz, which gained much media attention.
Simpson's debut single, "Pieces of Me" (2004), became a top five hit in the United States, and topped the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 chart based on radio airplay.
The success of the single and her reality show helped propel her debut album, Autobiography (2004), to the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart.
Simpson later began writing and recording demos, in hopes of finding a record label.
It was confirmed a month after the release of the Freaky Friday soundtrack that Simpson had signed with Geffen Records to release her debut studio album.
The failure of the film, along with multiple critically panned performances, led to much media scrutiny towards Simpson.