Jessica Simpson continues to speak about her battle with alcohol addiction in a new “TODAY” interview set to air Wednesday.
Simpson, who says she’s been sober since 2017, gets candid about her alcohol abuse in her new memoir Open Book.
She tells Hoda Kotb in a teaser clip of the interview, “I had started a spiral and I couldn’t catch up with myself. I was spiralling, chasing my tail, and that was with alcohol.”
As Kotb asks if she ever thought her drinking was “getting out of control,” Simpson insists: “Every day I would say it and I would say it openly to everyone. ‘I know. I know, I’ll stop soon. I’ll cut back.’ For me to cut back, like I’m an all-or-nothing girl, and so I didn’t know it was a problem until it was.”
Simpson says her moment of realization came after Halloween 2017, when she started drinking at 7:30 a.m.
Her father smelled vodka on her breath as she attended her daughter Maxwell’s school assembly, and she says she’s ashamed to admit she can’t remember who got her kids ready for Halloween that night.
Simpson shares, “I completely didn’t recognize myself. I always had a glitter cup. It was always filled to the rim with alcohol.
“I just realized that I had to surrender. It was time. I had to give it up and I was ready. I’m not going to miss another day, I’m not gonna miss another Halloween, I’m not gonna miss another Christmas, I’m going to be present.”