Jessica Simpson celebrates four years of sobriety

The singer and entrepreneur on Monday shared a throwback photo of herself on Instagram to mark four years of being sober.

“This person in the early morning of Nov 1, 2017 is an unrecognizable version of myself. 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,” she wrote. “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.”

Simpson, who last year inked a lucrative multimedia deal with Amazon Studios, added that she has come to a place where she is “wildly honest and comfortably open.”

“There is so much stigma around the word alcoholism or the label of an alcoholic,” she said. “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.”
She added: “I am free.”

The singer and entrepreneur on Monday shared a throwback photo of herself on Instagram to mark four years of being sober.
“This person in the early morning of Nov 1, 2017 is an unrecognizable version of myself. 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,” she wrote. “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.”

Simpson, who last year inked a lucrative multimedia deal with Amazon Studios, added that she has come to a place where she is “wildly honest and comfortably open.”

“There is so much stigma around the word alcoholism or the label of an alcoholic,” she said. “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.”

Jessica Simpson is looking back on four years of sobriety—and getting more candid than ever about her battle with alcohol abuse.

In an Instagram post shared Monday, the “I Wanna Love You Forever” singer shared a raw photo in which she looks away from the camera, caught in a quiet, contemplative moment. “This person in the early morning of Nov. 1, 2017 is an unrecognizable version of myself,” Simpson, 41, wrote in the caption.

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“I had so much self-discovery to unlock and explore,” she continued. “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.”

Simpson previously revealed her struggle with alcohol addiction in her 2020 memoir, Open Book. The singer and fashion mogul says she hit bottom at a Halloween party she and her husband, Eric Johnson, threw at their home in 2017. “‘I need to stop. Something’s got to stop,’” she recalled telling her friends at the time, she later told People last January. “‘And if it’s the alcohol that’s doing this, and making things worse, then I quit.’”

“It kept my mind and heart circling in the same direction, and quite honestly I was exhausted,” Simpson wrote in her Instagram caption. “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.”

Despite her dependency on drinking, Simpson was able to quit without much trouble, she says. “Giving up the alcohol was easy,” she continued in People. “I was mad at that bottle, at how it allowed me to stay complacent and numb.”

“When I stopped drinking alcohol, I really saw all that I was hiding behind and all of the fears that I was letting overwhelm me in so many ways,” she told NPR in February 2020. “We all have that capability and that strength within ourselves to do it.”

And Simpson hasn’t looked back since. “I can’t believe it has been four years!” she shared in her post. “It feels like maybe two. I think that is a good thing. Ha.”

Even though she’s said quitting alcohol was easy for her, she acknowledges the hard work she’s putting into her life. “The real work that needed to be done in my life was to actually accept failure, pain, brokenness, and self-sabotage,” she continued. “The drinking wasn’t the issue. I was. 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.”

These days, Simpson has moved far beyond her low point in 2017—and that “unrecognizable” past self is long gone. “I own my personal power with soulful courage,” she wrote. “I am wildly honest and comfortably open. I am free.”

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