Ashlee Simpson-Ross Says 'SNL' Controversy Made Her a 'Better Performer' & 'Better Person'

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Ashlee Simpson attends the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas.

In an interview with E! News posted Tuesday (Aug. 28), Ashlee Simpson-Ross revisited her Saturday Night Live lip-syncing controversy from 2004, saying the incident only made her stronger and has helped her learn who she is as an artist and performer today.

“It's definitely not difficult to talk about…that was a very long time ago," she confessed. "It's something that happened to me, and things in life happen to you and they make you stronger and they make you a better performer, a better person. I think things like that build your character and your strength and it's how you handle them."

The infamous SNL performance was a story line on MTV's The Ashlee Simpson Show, as cameras were following her when the wrong song's backing track played onstage, revealing that she had some vocal assistance -- a no-no on the live show. Now, Simpson-Ross and her husband, Evan Ross, have been in the studio working on new music together, and the album-making process will be documented on their new E! reality series Ashlee and Evan.