Jessica Simpson has opened up about the abuse she endured as a child and how her recent memoir, “Open Book,” helped lead her to forgiveness, according to Fox News.
Simpson, who is now 40 years old singer, released the autobiography which details for the first time publicly that she was abused by the daughter of a family friend.
The abuse began when she was 6 years old and she shared a bed with her abuser during family visits to her home, the report says.
“I would say about eight years ago I confronted her,” Simpson explained.
“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.”
“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,” Simpson explained.
Simpson says her female abuser continued to remain in her life and she decided to send her a copy of her memoir.
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“I even sent her the book and I told her that I hope it brings healing,” Simpson added.
During a podcast episode with Chris Pratt’s wife Katherine Schwarzenegger, Simpson explained some of the details she revealed in the book.
“Right after that, they took action and I never had to go back,” Simpson said.
Simpson admitted that she at first coped with the trauma by turning to alcohol and pills.
“I was killing myself with all the drinking and the pills,” Simpson admitted in an excerpt first released by People magazine.
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Simpson recalled telling the girl that she knew she had “a lot to deal with” and implored her that she “should probably talk to someone.”
The fashion designer vowed at the time that she no longer wanted to “live in denial” about what happened. It was also around the time she divorced Nick Lachey and was “soul searching.”
She said her rock bottom came in November 2017, when she finally admitted to her friends she needed help.
“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 recalled.
Today, Simpson is married to former NFL star Eric Johnson. They share three children together: daughters Maxwell Drew, 8, and Birdie Mae, 1, and son, Ace Knute, 7.
One week after the book’s release, she discussed her path to sobriety and the ease of her second marriage to Johnson in an interview with Us Weekly.
“In terms of my marriage to Eric, I have never felt more myself or more free,” the 39-year-old told the magazine. “Eric and I have a true mind, body [and] soul connection.”