WARNING: mention of childhood abuse
Jessica Simpson has been sober for four years—and you can tell just by looking at her.
American singer, actress, and fashion icon Jessica Simpson announced she has maintained four years of sobriety by sharing a picture from her rock bottom.
The photo, which depicts her near the end of 2017, was one Simpson herself described as being "unrecognizable," and how it made her determined "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."
"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."
Simpson also expressed disbelief four years had already passed since the photo was taken, but it was "a good thing."
Simpson, 41, also shared a deeply personal story about how she became addicted to alcohol and stimulants and the catastrophic night that led to her finally getting the help she needed.
The story was published as part of Simpson's 2020 memoir, Open Book. In her memoir, Simpson wrote she had originally turned to alcohol and stimulants as a way to cope with traumatic memories of being sexually abused as a child.
The final straw for Simpson was Halloween night in 2017, when her drinking got so out of control she ended up missing the holiday with her children.
On the morning of that fateful Halloween, Simpson had already began drinking by 7am, when she and husband Eric Johnson had to attend a school assembly with their daughter Maxwell.
Simpson wrote by nightfall she had become so inebriated she was unable to take her children trick or treating.
"I am ashamed to say that I don't know who got them into their costumes that night."
"I slept in, afraid to see them, afraid I had failed them. I hid until they left, then drank."
The next morning, Simpson decided to get sober and get control of her life back.
And now, four years later, Simpson is sober and thriving.
Twitter was flooded with support and celebration for Simpson's sobriety journey.
"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. I didn't love myself. I didn't respect my own power. Today I do."