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Jessica Simpson Reveals Sobriety & Sexual Abuse: ''I Was Killing Myself'

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By Whitney Vasquez

Jessica Simpson is putting on a brave face and detailing intimate details about her life ahead of her memoir launch including that she was sexually abused as a child and she used alcohol and pills to numb the pain. In an exclusive excerpt from "Open Book," the fashion mogul reveals she's quit drinking and has been sober since November 2017, reports PEOPLE. "I was killing myself with all the drinking and pills,” she writes in her memoir. Her dependency prompted a doctor to tell her that her life was in danger.

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Her Sobriety Journey:


The Grammy-winning singer says she's never looked back since getting clean. “Giving up the alcohol was easy,” she states. “I was mad at that bottle. At how it allowed me to stay complacent and numb.” In one particularly moving scene, Jessica Simpson reveals how her friends were there when she was at her lowest point during a Halloween party at her home in 2017. That night, she told one of her closest pals, “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.”

Childhood Sexual Abuse:


In possibly the most powerful excerpt, the powerhouse voice reveals the sexual abuse came when she was just 6 years old, "when I shared a bed with the daughter of a family friend." Jessica Simpson writes, “It would start with tickling my back and then go into things that were extremely uncomfortable.” Too scared to tell her parents, she says she somehow thought it was her fault. “I wanted to tell my parents,” she writes. “I was the victim but somehow I felt in the wrong.”

Telling Her Parents:


Jessica Simpson recalls finally gaining strength to tell her mom, Tina, and dad, Joe, while they were in the car on a family road trip. She writes about their reactions and says her mom slapped her father's arm and said, “I told you something was happening.” Her father said nothing. “Dad kept his eye on the road and said nothing,” Jessica Simpson says. “We never stayed at my parents’ friends house again but we also didn’t talk about what I had said.”

Her Support System:


Besides the support of her family, including her loving husband Eric Johnson, and her circle of friends, Jessica Simpson's treatment has taught her to cope with the trauma in a healthier way. The fashion mogul has a team of doctors and meets with her therapist twice weekly. “When I finally said I needed help, it was like I was that little girl that found her calling again in life,” she says. “I found direction and that was to walk straight ahead with no fear.” Jessica Simpson's memoir, "Open Book," hits stands on Friday.

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