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Jessica Simpson Reveals She Turned To Drugs And Alcohol After Being Sexually Abused As A Child

Jessica Simpson Reveals She Turned To Drugs And Alcohol After Being Sexually Abused As A Child


Jessica Simpson has a memoir coming out soon called “Open Book” where she reveals being sexually abused as a child and how she later turned to “drinking and pills” in order to cope.

Ahead of the book’s release on February 4th, an excerpt has been published in People magazine where Simpson writes that the abuse began at a family friend’s house when she was 6 years old and sharing a bed with the family’s daughter.

“It would start with tickling my back and then go into things that were extremely uncomfortable…I wanted to tell my parents. I was the victim but somehow I felt in the wrong,” she writes.


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Thank you @people for helping me share my story. There is so much beauty on the other side of fear and I hope my truth can help. I can’t wait to share #OpenBook with you. 💚

The pop star continues by saying she revealed the abuse to her parents when she was 12, while they were in the car.

“I told you something was happening,” Simpson recalls her mother, Tina, yelling at her father, Joe.

“Dad kept his eye on the road and said nothing,” she writes. “We never stayed at my parents’ friends house again but we also didn’t talk about what I had said.”

The mum of three goes on to say that she turned to abusing drugs and alcohol in order to block out the events and deal with the pain. While she’s been sober now since November 2017 she recalls a very dark period in her life prior.

“I was killing myself with all the drinking and pills,” she writes. “Giving up the alcohol was easy. I was mad at that bottle. At how it allowed me to stay complacent and numb.”

Simpson says giving up alcohol was “easy” and committing to twice-a-week therapy sessions was at first a challenge but ultimately rewarding.

“When I finally said I needed help, it was like I was that little girl that found her calling again in life,” Simpson told People. “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.”

News of Simpsons memoir was shared on her 39th birthday in October where she revealed her book would cover everything from her marriage to “98 Degrees” singer Nick Lachey, to their wildly popular MTV series “Newlyweds,” to the couple’s eventual divorce in 2006.

“I have been waiting for so long to share some exciting news,” Simpson wrote on Instagram. “I will be releasing my first book on February 4th with @harpercollinsus. I have been working so hard on it – I have opened my heart up in a way I never have before and now I can’t wait to share it with the world.”

Simpson went on to marry former NFL player Eric Johnson in 2014 and the two share children Birdie Mae, 10 months, daughter Maxwell Drew, 7, and son Ace Knute, 6 together.


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Chrystal Lovevintage

Chrystal Lovevintage

Chrystal is a writer and blogger who loves nothing more than watching back to back episodes of crime shows. Should she ever find herself needing to cover up a crime, she'll know exactly what to do! Her dream is to one day live in Palm Springs where she can do her writing poolside while drinking endless gin and tonics. Mum to the cutest twin boys in the world, she loves nothing more than the sound of their laughter (usually heard when they're conspiring against her). Entertainment writer and pop culture junkie, she will be bringing you all the celebrity gossip and news that your brain can handle. You can follow her blog at and on Instagram at Chrystalovevintage

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