Jessie James Decker is FaceTiming with her husband, Jets wide receiver Eric Decker. As stylists tease the country vixen’s bombshell hair and paint her eyes a sultry slate, she sweetly mocks Eric’s thick mustache (he’s growing it for Movember, the men’s health fund-raiser). He gives Jessie’s sizzling, camera-ready look a big thumbs up. She signs off with a dulcet “I love you.”
New York’s hottest new power couple are clearly smitten.
“I feel beautiful,” Jessie, 26, says of her photo shoot with Alexa, the first since she gave birth in March. “My husband likes my new butt, so it’s all good. I gained 55 pounds when I was pregnant, and I’ve almost lost it. I’ve got 10 pounds left to go, but I’m not pushing myself.”
Since moving to the city from Denver this past spring, the stars of the E! reality show “Eric & Jessie: Game On” have been turning heads and making headlines. The pair, who met through a mutual friend in April 2011, revel in sharing the spotlight. They married in June 2013, but not before their journey to the altar was captured for E! cameras.
Last winter, while pregnant with their daughter, the singer posed (wearing nothing but bubbles) with her husband for a risqué GQ spread, catapulting them further into the national spotlight.
Then came the move east to Morristown, NJ. After Eric, 27, wasn’t re-signed by the Denver Broncos, the Jets offered him a five-year, $36.25 million contract.
“We were so shocked by Denver not even asking Eric to come back,” Jessie says. “As soon as the Jets called, I was so excited that a team wanted him that badly and they were giving him so much respect. I was so happy.”
The couple was initially welcomed with open arms. But by fall, they saw just how tough playing in New York can be — especially when your team’s record is dismal.
“It’s been a really hard season,” Jessie told The Todd Show on WPLJ this week, talking about the effect of the Jets’ performance on her husband. “He’s been, I don’t wanna say depressed, but he’s been depressed.”
In October, Eric tweeted to Jets fans, asking them why they love Gang Green. He was immediately hammered by sarcastic tweets, and Jessie stepped in to defend him, calling some of the fans “haters.” The kerfuffle made sports news, including the back page of The Post, which ran the headline “Decked,” accusing Jessie of slamming Jets fans.
She was crushed by the charge.
“It’s just a little confusing, because I felt like I was misread and misquoted because I was frustrated that Eric was trying to do something nice,” she says. “And it turned into people attacking him. And I was frustrated with other fans of other teams. It wasn’t Jets fans — I, too, am upset that we’re not winning every game. I am with you.
I followed up that I love Jets fans.”
After being called “names that I have never even said in my life that were so perverse” on Twitter, Jessie deactivated her account for a few days.
“It was negativity that I didn’t need to look at, so I took it off for a little bit, let it die down, and I’m back in the game,” she says.
For now, she’s focused on co-hosting Season 4 of the reality series “Redneck Island” (which returns on CMT Thursday), continuing a series of YouTube makeup tutorials, posting intimate family snaps to her 1.2 million Instagram followers, and launching two fashion lines: a swimsuit collection this spring and a women’s clothing line next fall.
Not to mention soaking up life in the big city. The Georgia-raised singer and her husband do dinner dates at the West Village’s Commerce, her favorite restaurant in Manhattan. And she says the move to New York has inspired her next album, which she’ll write when they return to Nashville during the NFL’s offseason.
But don’t call her a city slicker just yet.
“I haven’t gone hillbilly rich, where you spend everything you have,” she says with a big laugh. The 5-foot-1 belle favors T.J. Maxx bargains and Gilt shoe sales to shopping sprees at Barneys or Bergdorf Goodman.
“I’ve never been a label-obsessed person. I indulge in shoes, but I rarely will ever buy full-price. The biggest indulgence I ever took part in is a Chloé bag,” she says of her “Marcie Medium Shoulder Bag,” which retails for $1,990. “I felt like I deserved it and [had] worked hard, so I went to the store and bought it. I didn’t wait for it to go on sale.”
She says her clothing line will embrace that down-home-with-a-touch-of-glam spirit.
“It’s not going to be a traditional, chic, fancy-shmancy clothing line,” says Jessie, with the faintest Southern lilt. “It’s going to be things that I would wear every day, like cutoffs and flannels. Red carpet is always fun, but you’re never going to see me on the street or in the grocery store in 6-inch heels. But I am always going to have big, fabulous hair and makeup.”