10/26/2010 10:08 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Jessica Simpson: I Want Food When I'm Sad

Jessica Simpson opened up to USA Today, Maria Shriver and Ali Wentworth about her body image and emotional eating at the Women's Conference in Long Beach, California Monday night. She also confirmed that she accidentally ran into ex-husband Nick Lachey at an LA restaurant while both were with their new significant others.

Here are some highlights, read more here.

On running into Nick:
"He was at the same restaurant. I didn't speak to him."

On her boyfriend Eric Johnson:
"He definitely makes me very happy. He brings out a lot of light in me and makes me very comfortable being who I am. It's nice to be with somebody who praises you for the right reasons."

On the public's obsession with her weight:
"I feel like people are constantly curious as to how much I weigh or what I look like or what I wear. There's no way you're not going to be affected by the ugly things people say about you. It's very hurtful. It definitely brings up a lot of your own insecurities."

On her relationship with food:
"I'm from Texas, I like everything fried, which is the really unfortunate thing. My relationship with food? I want it when I'm sad. When I'm happy, I don't think much about it. But I do like to go out on a date for a good dining experience. It's important not to say, 'I can't have this' because then I obsess about it."

On her ideal day:
"A good pampering day for me would be vegging out on the couch, eating whatever the heck I want to eat and watching all my TV shows."