Jessica Simpson is telling all in her powerful new memoir, “Open Book.” In particular, Simpson is opening up about how she overcame her addiction struggles.
In the book, which was excerpted in this week’s issue of People magazine and is available for pre-order, Simpson reveals for the first time that she was sexually abused as a young girl as well as how the emotional turmoil that ensued led her to a life of drugs and alcohol.
In her later years, Simpson would skyrocket to fame through her voice and reality TV show “Newlyweds” with then-husband Nick Lachey. She was able to bury her trauma, but not for long before turning to self-medication.
“I was killing myself with the drinking and pills,” she writes. It was through therapy that Simpson was able to really face her past traumas.
“With work, I allowed myself to feel the traumas I’d been through,” she reveals. She even admits that it wasn’t until hitting rock bottom that she was able to make a change for the better.
After a Halloween party in 2017, Simpson knew something had to give. “I need to stop,” she told her closest friends. “Something’s got to stop. And if it’s the alcohol that’s doing this, and making things worse, then I quit.”
She later revealed, “Giving up the alcohol was easy. I was mad at that bottle. At how it allowed me to stay complacent and numb.”
The star has been sober since November of 2017 with the help of twice weekly therapy and a robust support system of friends.
Simpson hopes the book will help others in knowing they’re not alone in their struggles. “I’ve used my pain and turned it into something that can be beautiful and hopefully inspiring to people,” she says.
The book is slated to be officially released on February 4th.