Did you know Jessica Simpson used to be addicted?
She had a problem with alcohol and pills, which I only recently learned after it came out in her new book called Open Book.
It’s definitely aptly named, because Jessica has been very honest and well, open, about her struggles with alcohol and other pretty tough and personal issues she has faced in her younger years.
Instagram; pictured above Jessica holds her book that just was released
“This is one of the best days of my life because I get to share my truth with you. By accepting and leading with our mistakes, we show ourselves that we are bigger than the monsters and stronger than our fears,” she shared on Instagram when she announced her book.
“This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine. I challenge you to do the same, and use my story as inspiration to open your own book.”
Jessica opened up about being abused when she was just a child, so she used pills and alcohol to self-medicate.
“When I finally said I needed help, it was like I was that little girl that found her calling again in life,” she put in her book.
“I found direction and that was to walk straight ahead with no fear. Honesty is hard but it’s the most rewarding thing we have. And getting to the other side of fear is beautiful.”
Now, Jessica credits therapy with being able to quit everything, and she hasn’t had a single thing to drink since 2017.
Jessica has three children; 7-year-old Maxwell, 6-year-old Ace, and Birdie, who will be a year old next month.
She knew that at some point, Maxwell and Ace would find out about her issues since she did bare it all in her book.
Instagram; Jessica, her husband Eric, and her children Maxwell and Ace are pictured above
So, Jessica decided to sit them down and discuss her addictions with them.
She recently went on the Buzzfeed podcast called AM to DM and she shared how exactly she brought up such a delicate conversation with her kids.
“It’s a conversation I’ve already had with them … because I knew that kids at school would talk about it,” Jessica said.
“I knew that some headlines would be correct, some would not be correct, and it’s out of my hands.”
“That’s why it’s so amazing to have my own written words because it’s my story, it’s my truth and nobody else can tell me how my heart feels.”
“With my children, they know Mommy doesn’t drink wine because it makes her too silly,” she went on to say.
Instagram; Jessica is pictured above with her whole family
“But for me, alcohol never made me mean. People didn’t know that I had a problem — they knew that towards the end it was getting to be too much, that I was not being myself and I wasn’t present in a room…”
“So when I explained it to my kids they really understood that Mommy is just living her best life!”
What do you think about Jessica having such an upfront conversation with her children?
Let me know in the comments below!
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