Jessica Simpson opens up about being sexually abused and her battle with addiction in her new memoir Open Book.
In an excerpt shared by People, Simpson reveals how she previously had an offer to write a motivational book to live your best life.
However, she admits: “I didn’t feel comfortable talking about myself in a way that wasn’t honest. I’m a horrible liar.”
Simpson reveals how she’d been using alcohol and stimulants to numb the pain of being abused.
The star, who got sober in November 2017 and hasn’t had a drink since, writes, “I was killing myself with all the drinking and pills.”
She says of quitting drinking, “Giving up the alcohol was easy. I was mad at that bottle. At how it allowed me to stay complacent and numb.”
Simpson told her closest friends after a Halloween party in 2017, “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 also talks about the abuse she suffered when six years old in the tell-all book.
She writes that it began “when I shared a bed with the daughter of a family friend. It would start with tickling my back and then go into things that were extremely uncomfortable.”
“I wanted to tell my parents,” she continues. “I was the victim but somehow I felt in the wrong.”
Simpson ultimately told her parents, Tina and Joe Simpson, when she was 12 years old.
She says she never stayed at her parents’ friend’s house again, but adds that she and her family also didn’t mention the abuse again.
Simpson now shares daughter Maxwell, 7, son Ace, 6, and daughter Birdie, 10 months, with husband Eric Johnson.