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Jessica Simpson Reveals Key to Staying Sober During Pandemic

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By Gary Trock

Jessica Simpson is thankful for many things in her family, including her sobriety. The multi-talented actress, singer and fashion mogul recently sat down and talked about her battle with alcoholism and how after maintaining her sobriety for three years, she's been able to adjust to the stress of living in a COVID-19 pandemic without turning back to the bottle.

40-year-old Simpson called into SiriusXM’s "The Jess Cagle Show" earlier this week to talk about a new eczema medication she is promoting.

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'Open Book'

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Simpson was asked about her bestselling memoir, "Open Book," which was released back in February and details the star's battle with alcoholism.

"I did make a huge shift in my life," Simpson admitted.

She explained that, "I was at that point in my life where my kid were growing older and they were watching every move that I made. I just really wanted clarity. I wanted to understand myself cause I didn’t even realize how much I was drinking and how much I was suppressing. I thought it was making me brave, I thought it was making me confident and it was actually the complete opposite, it was silencing me."

Facing Her Demons

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Simpson doesn't shy away from addressing her public pitfalls when it came to alcoholism. She has spoken about an embarrassing appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" from back in the day, and explains why she knew it was time to quit drinking.

"It just ended up coming to a surface. I knew a lot of it was coming up, coming up and I couldn’t suppress it any more. The alcohol was not numbing anything. It wasn’t numb anymore, I was just numb. I couldn’t even understand stuff that was coming out of my mouth, it didn’t sound like me. So I really had to get back inside the person that I am. When you do that self-reflection its very empowering. It takes a lot of courage. I can promise anyone on the other side of that fear, that courage is so beautiful and its one of the most rewarding things and decisions I have ever made in my life. And I never thought I would have to make that decision."

Sober During Covid-19

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While many people have used the COVID-19 pandemic to party a little harder, Simpson says she has not had an urge to drink and is thankful for how far she's progressed on her journey with sobriety.

"It’s almost been three years which is crazy, I mean it’s pretty, its awesome. People are like ‘don’t you want to drink during this pandemic, oh my god aren’t your kids driving you crazy.’ I’m like no, I do not want to drink like I have not wanted it, I feel like that’s a big blessing. Once I surrendered and gave it over I never looked back and my husband did it with me so that support was amazing."

Turning 40

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Along with dealing with sobriety, Simpson is coming to terms with turning 40 years old. Earlier this year the star celebrated her milestone by wearing a 14-year-old pair of jeans, and talked about how that moment came to fruition:

"That was a really random thing, because I haven’t put jeans on through the whole time, I've been in sweats. I am like embracing the quarantine life. I freaked out two months before I turned 40, not knowing that that age would even mean anything to me but then its like 41, 42 ... I’ve never calculated my age until now ... I am accepting it slowly."

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