In her memoir, Jessica Simpson reveals the struggles that her fans never knew about. And the star admits, “I was killing myself with all the drinking and pills.”
Jessica Simpson has been living her life in the spotlight for the better part of 20 years. But even still, she has managed to keep some of the most difficult and dark parts of her life completely private.
However, the singer and entrepreneur is finally revealing all those secrets with her powerful new memoir, “Open Book.”
“There is power in truth,” the 39-year-old star says.
Jessica shares her truth in this tell-all, opening up about the sexual abuse she suffered as a child, and the role it played on her path to substance abuse and addiction.
She shares how the resulting emotional pain, coupled with career pressures and other stressors, led her to spiral down a path of self-medication involving alcohol and stimulants. The dependency eventually prompted her doctor to say that her life was in danger. She was literally killing herself with “all the drinking and pills.”
But by then, Jessica was ready for a change. She writes, “Giving up the alcohol was easy,” and adds, “I was mad at that bottle. At how it allowed me to stay complacent and numb.” The star got sober in November 2017, and hasn’t looked back since.
Simpson reveals, though, that therapy was much harder than getting sober. It was in therapy that she finally allowed herself to be honest and “feel the traumas” that she had lived through.
Jessica has remained sober through the support of her parents, her friends, and her husband. She also has help from a team of doctors and twice-weekly therapy. She calls her newfound clarity and sobriety “a continual gift.”
The singer is also releasing six new songs which tell her story, and is hoping her memoir and music will help others know they aren’t alone.
“It’s been a long hard deep emotional journey, one that I’ve come through the other side with pure happiness and fulfillment and acceptance of myself,” Jessica says. “I’ve used my pain and turned it into something that can be beautiful and hopefully inspiring to people.”
Jessica Simpson’s powerful memoir, “Open Book,” hits bookstores on February 4.