Ashlee Simpson has learned to slow down and relax thanks to her beau, Braxton Olita – but says she’s in no rush to marry young like her big sister, Jessica.
“I’m a lot more peaceful and chilled out,” the singer tells Teen People of her life since she began dating Olita. “I honestly couldn’t be more content.”
Simpson, Teen People’s June/July cover girl and one of its Hottest Stars Under 25, tells the magazine she was friends with Olita, the 20-year-old Hawaii native who plays guitar in her band, before their relationship turned romantic.
“He’s the yin to my yang; people call him my ‘Little Buddha,’ ” she says. “When he comes around, everything changes. Braxton has taught me a lot.”
Still, Simpson, 21, says she’s not looking to follow in big sister Jessica’s footsteps and get married at a young age. (Jessica was 21 when she tied the knot with Nick Lachey; they split last year.)
“I’ve watched Jessica go through a really hard time. Marriage is definitely not on my mind,” she says. “Sometimes things don’t work out the way you thought they would. I’m absolutely in love and in a committed relationship, but we live day-to-day. There’s a lot of growing you do in your twenties, and I definitely want to wait until my late twenties or thirties or whenever the time is right.”
Next up, Simpson will kick off her summer tour on May 6 in West Palm Beach, Fla. And in the future, she hopes to pursue acting. “I’m reading scripts and looking at films that are more Quentin Tarantino-style,” she says. “I’d like to do a really great movie by the time I’m 25.”
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