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Jessica Simpson Shares Struggles with Alcohol and Pills in New Memoir

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By Joe Allen

Jessica Simpson's memoir "Open Book" is set to be released next month, and the star is already getting candid about what it will discuss. In an excerpt shared with People, she reveals one of her most private struggles.

The book reveals that Simpson has struggled with addiction. In the book, she discusses facing sexual abuse when she was young and how the trauma of that event combined with other pressures led her to self-medicate with alcohol and a variety of stimulants.

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Simpson writes that she was first abused when she was 6 "when I shared a bed with the daughter of a family friend," she says in the book. "It would start with tickling my back and then go into things that were extremely uncomfortable."

"I wanted to tell my parents," she continues. "I was the victim but somehow I felt in the wrong." Simpson waited years before finally telling her parents, Tina and Joe Simpson, when she was 12 and they were in the car together.


Tina slapped Joe's arm and said: "I told you something was happening."

Simpson's father kept his composure. "Dad kept his eye on the road and said nothing," Simpson writes in the excerpt. "We never stayed at my parents' friends house again but we also didn't talk about what I had said."

Later in life, Simpson found success as a singer and fashion designer, and through it all, she kept her trauma hidden. "I was killing myself with all the drinking and pills," she writes in the book.

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Simpson wrote that she hit "rock bottom" in 2017 at a Halloween party, and got sober in November of that year. She got support from family and friends, as well as a team of doctors and a therapist she sees twice a week.

"Giving up the alcohol was easy," she writes. "I was mad at that bottle. At how it allowed me to stay complacent and numb." She says she also worked to more fully understand and feel the trauma she'd been through.


Simpson told People that she'd been approached to write a book about living your best life, but she didn't feel she could do that without being honest.

"I didn’t feel comfortable talking about myself in a way that wasn’t honest," she said.

"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," she continued. "I've used my pain and turned it into something that can be beautiful and hopefully inspiring to people."

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