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Jessica Simpson says she was abused when she was 6.

Jessica Simpson's Memoir 'Open Book' Brings Up Her Childhood Abuser

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By Emily Reily

Back on Feb. 4, actress and singer Jessica Simpson wrote a tell-all memoir called "Open Book." For the first time, she discussed the abuse she suffered as a child.

She says writing the book helped her learn how to forgive.

Simpson recently appeared on Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt's podcast "The Gift of Forgiveness" to talk about how she eventually confronted her abuser and how that helped bring peace.

Schwarzenegger Pratt, the wife of actor Chris Pratt, invites others on to her podcast to talk about significant stories in their life.

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She's being open about the pain and abuse she suffered when she was a child.
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Simpson talked to Schwarzenegger Pratt about the actions she's taken recently to climb above the childhood trauma that she suffered.

Simpson says her abuse began when she was 6, and that she shared a bed with the abuser when there were family visits.

She told her parents about the abuse six years after it happened and says her parents removed her from that dangerous situation.

"Right after that, they took action and I never had to go back," she says.

Jessica Simpson is now happily married and has kids.
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But Simpson first tried to cope with the abuse by turning to drugs and alcohol.

"I was killing myself with all the drinking and the pills," she says.

In November, 2017, Simpson hit the bottom, and reached out to friends to say she needed help. She said at the time, “I need to stop. Something’s got to stop. And if it’s the alcohol that’s doing this, and making things worse, then I quit."

Simpson recently confronted her abuser.
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Simpson says she approached her abuser several years ago to acknowledge the pain she suffered.

"I would say about eight years ago I confronted her. I went to her and I just said, 'I know you know what was going on and I know that you were being abused' because she was being abused by an older guy. Basically, he was always there at the house as well.

He never touched me but he would abuse her and then she would come to me and do the stuff to me. In so many ways, I felt bad for her and I was allowing the abuse to happen."

Simpson seems to be on the road to a better life.
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This year, Simpson sent her abuser a copy of her memoir, possibly in the hopes that that would open up the issue.

"I even sent her the book and I told her that I hope it brings healing," Simpson says.

Simpson told her abuser she knew she was going through a lot, and said she "should probably talk to someone."

Simpson says her action was spurred because she was no longer interested in "living in denial" about her abuse. The change was part of her "soul searching," since she approached her abuser around the time she got divorced from Nick Lachey.

"I was just in that place where I was celibate and on this journey to explore myself and I knew I couldn't move forward without letting her know," she says.

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