Jessica Simpson has recently celebrated 4 years of being sober with her fans after her intense battle with addiction…
The singer and actor who was a prominant celebrity back in the late 90s to the early 2000s recently shared a candid throwback photograph of herself to celebrate the special occasion.
Posting to Instagram, Simpson stripped herself back with an honest caption alongside a photograph of herself.
While a lot of support poured in for the forty-one-year-old’s openess, others left comments questioning her drastic change in appearance.
Writing of her strength, Simpson said this:
“This person in the early morning of Nov 1, 2017 is an unrecognizable version of myself.”
She continued: “I had so much self discovery to unlock and explore. I knew in this very moment I would allow myself to take back my light, show victory over my internal battle of self respect, and brave this world with piercing clarity. Personally, to do this I needed to stop drinking alcohol because it kept my mind and heart circling in the same direction and quite honestly I was exhausted.”
She then spoke of how she wanted to change to be a better version of herself.
“I wanted to feel the pain so I could carry it like a badge of honor. I wanted to live as a leader does and break cycles to advance forward- never looking back with regret and remorse over any choice I have made and would make for the rest of my time here within this beautiful world.”
“I can’t believe it has been 4yrs! It feels like maybe 2. I think that is a good thing. Ha,” she wrote.
“There is so much stigma around the word alcoholism or the label of an alcoholic. The real work that needed to be done in my life was to actually accept failure, pain, brokenness, and self sabotage. The drinking wasn’t the issue. I was.”
She then added that she was finally “free.”
“I didn’t love myself. I didn’t respect my own power. Today I do. I have made nice with the fears and I have accepted the parts of my life that are just sad. I own my personal power with soulful courage. I am wildly honest and comfortably open. I am free.”
The news comes after Simpson’s long-standing battle with addiction took over her life.
In her personal memoir, Open Book, the former singer outlined how different stressors, including the fact that she was s*xually a*used as a young girl and dealing with being in the public eye have impacted her journey.
“I was killing myself with all the drinking and pills,” she wrote.
The star got sober in November 2017 and hasn’t had a drink since. “Giving up the alcohol was easy. I was mad at that bottle. At how it allowed me to stay complacent and numb.”
She added that the difficult part was therapy as she uncovered parts of her past that she had buried.
Speaking of her ab*se, she said it happened at a parents’ friend’s house.
“It would start with tickling my back and then go into things that were extremely uncomfortable.”
She continued: I wanted to tell my parents… I was the victim but somehow I felt in the wrong.”
But things changed when Simpson opened up to her parents at the age of twelve, 6 years after the ab*se initially began.
“Dad kept his eye on the road and said nothing,” Simpson wrote. “We never stayed at my parents’ friend’s house again but we also didn’t talk about what I had said.”
“With work, I allowed myself to feel the traumas I’d been through,” she concluded.
What an amazing woman.
If you’re also struggling with addiction, in any shape or form, please reach out and get help. It does get better and Jessica Simpson is living proof of that.
Do not suffer in silence.