In late 2021, singer Jessica Simpson’s posted a photo on Instagram, dated four years prior, on the day she decided to quit drinking alcohol. “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.” Since then, Simpson has published a book called “Open Book”, a 2021 memoir in which she candidly discusses her decision to quit alcohol. In an excerpt, she describes sobriety as a “continual gift,” adding that “When I finally said I needed help, it was like I was that little girl that found her calling again in life. I found direction and that was to walk straight ahead with no fear.”
Simpson also speaks about her inner voice guiding her decision-making in her personal and professional life including but not limited to her sobriety. “When I stopped drinking it was because I stopped hearing the voice I really trusted and I was lost without her”. She recalled a Halloween party where she drank a couple of drinks, then “zoned out and was unable to dress my kids”. “I was terrified of letting them see me in that shape”, Simpson stated. “I am ashamed to say that I don’t know who got them into their costumes that night”.
A friend of Simpson’s says she was moved to tears at the support she has received from her fans on this issue.