Jessica Simpson is continuing to open up regarding her painful past. The “Dukes of Hazzard” actress has been making headlines for bravely speaking about the sexual abuse she endured between the ages of 6 and 12 – the 39-year-old explores the issue in her “Open Book” memoir, proving equally open as she traverses the U.S. on her book’s press tour.
A recent interview saw Jessica sit down with Dr. Oz. Here, the star spoke of how she felt while a female childhood friend was sexually abusing her. Jessica also mentioned how she protected little sister Ashlee from it.
Dr. Oz asked Jessica to recall the moments when the childhood friend was being inappropriate. The actress spoke candidly, revealing that she felt powerless to do anything – “I just wouldn’t move. I was stuck,” she said.
“Yeah. And I just…would lay there and allow these things to happen.”
Jessica added that she didn’t “want to hurt people” by telling them.
“By the time I actually did talk to my parents about it, their actions spoke a lot louder than their words. We didn’t really say much,” she added.
Jessica’s interview also saw her mention younger sister Ashlee in the context of being in the abuser’s presence.
Speaking about the “sleepovers” she had, Jessica said “so my sister would be there and I always wanted to protect my sister. And so I would push her out the way and get in the middle so…because I knew what was gonna happen,” she continued.
For Jessica, she would “rather the pain happens to me than to my sister.”
Jessica then recalled that even if another friend were invited, she’d “always sleep next to the girl” to protect her, too.
Jessica has also spoken out about her intense battle against alcohol and drugs, confirming that the substance addiction was a result of her childhood sexual trauma.
At the height of her addiction, Jessica was pouring herself drinks before 7.30 a.m. and also proving unable to properly care for her kids.
“It was 7:30 in the morning and I’d already had a drink,” she said, recalling Halloween 2017. The fall of that year brought the beginning of Jessica’s sobriety journey as she quit drinking and sought help via a therapist.
Jessica’s book goes into more detail, with a passage mentioning how the abuse would begin.
“When I shared a bed with the daughter of a family friend,” Simpson wrote, adding:
“It would start with tickling my back and then go into things that were extremely uncomfortable.”
“I wanted to tell my parents. I was the victim but somehow I felt in the wrong,” she adds.
“Open Book” is currently getting major press as Jessica signs copies and appears on television to promote her book. Elsewhere, the star has been making major headlines for losing 100 pounds since welcoming third baby Birdie in March of last year.