Come May, Jessica Simpson will have a 4-year-old on her hands … who is large (well, tiny, actually) and in charge!

The newly appointed Budget Car Rental’s brand ambassador tells PEOPLE that her smartypants daughter Maxwell Drew has all the brains.

“Maxwell will be 4 May 1 and she might be wiser than me,” Simpson, 35, says with a chuckle. “She definitely has model poses. I was never born to be a model, but my daughter, she’s just got something in her that makes people want to trike a pose.


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The fashion designer, who also has son Ace Knute, 2, with husband Eric Johnson, admits that her little girl takes her responsibilities as an older sister very seriously.

“She definitely lets her brother know that she’s the oldest and that she is in charge,” Simpson says. “Ace is finally starting to stand up for himself.”
The proud mom, who says that she and Ashlee Simpson rely on each other for parenting advice, admits that she sometimes confuses her daughter for her sister.

“I always get Ashlee and Maxwell confused because they are pretty much the same person,” she says. “I call my daughter Ash, and Ash, Max … all the time! I do it just around the house and I’m like, ‘Sorry, guys.’ Ash takes it as a compliment because Maxwell is pretty fabulous.”

Despite having two kids under 4, Simpson says that her family really does enjoy going on road trips “all the time.”

“[The kids are] always very chill in the car unless they’re bantering back and forth,” says Simpson. “And then me and Eric just have to tune them out. Just let them talk back and forth and get through it. They’re brother and sister!”



Can you feel the love tonight?!

Just one day before the 2016 Oscars, Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson decided to enjoy a night out where their admiration for one another was clearly visible.

While supporting Tom Everhart’s new exhibition at Mouche Gallery in Beverly Hills, the hot Hollywood couple displayed plenty of PDA while browsing the art show.

“They were very lovey-dovey and holding hands the entire time,” a source shared with E! News. “They were seriously kissing the entire night.”

Jessica was “gracious” throughout the evening while interacting with the artist and fans. As for Eric, he was being a helpful hubby as he stayed close to his wife



“He was making sure her feet weren’t hurting because she was wearing heels,” our source added.

The couple’s Saturday night out ultimately turned into a family affair as Diana Ross tagged along with Evan Ross and Ashlee Simpson who showed up right when the exhibit opened. Joe Simpson was also spotted hanging out with the group later into the evening.

“It was a family affair,” a source explained. “Jessica and the family are huge fans of Tom Everhart’s work.”

Dave Annable and wife Odette Annable, Donald Faison, Jenna Ushkowitz and Kevin McHale were also in attendance for the grand opening that left the artist feeling extremely grateful.
“What a beautiful night your friends make it!” Tom wrote on Instagram.