Jessica Simpson celebrates 6 years of sobriety by sharing ‘unrecognizable’ throwback photo

Jessica Simpson celebrates 6 years of sobriety by sharing an 'Unrecognizable' throwback photo
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The renowned singer and actress recently marked a significant life milestone with pride. 

With an inspiring display of strength and resilience, Simpson, 43, has been very public about the journey of her self-discovery and personal growth. Over the years, despite being in the public eye, the “I Wanna Love You Forever” singer hasn’t shied away from sharing her story with her loyal followers, who have also supported her through her career.

With constant reminders, the star has dedicated most of her social media posts to reminding people to look at the positive side by being kind to others and listening to those who might be in need, which has been appreciated by her millions of followers.

On Thursday, America’s Sweetheart once again showcased her strong will by sharing a part of her life from her early days as she took to Instagram to commemorate her six years of sobriety. The singer linked an old post to her Instagram story that showcased her looking ‘Unrecognizable’ when she openly talked about her struggles with addiction.

Jessica Simpson celebrates 6 years of sobriety by sharing an 'Unrecognizable' throwback photo

The powerful image was captioned “6 years ago,” and it was accompanied by a crucial message that the mother of three wrote back on November 1, 2021, which reads:

“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. 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 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. 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. 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.”

In addition to sharing her Instagram Story today, Simpson also posted a photo with her daughter, Maxi Drew, quote, “Choose to be kind today because you never know how much someone might need it 💚💚💚”

To this post, one fan commented, “Someone mentioned your book here, and I recalled when I was reading it and how I couldn’t put it down. It is one of THE best celebrity autobiographies I’ve ever read, and I have read a lot . Gurrrlll, I mean, A LOT, including the most recent high-profile one about a woman you once knew. Open Book was such a captivating read. Thank you for yourself with the world!!” Another fan commented, “Look how beautiful y’all are! Inside first, reflecting on the outside ❤️❤️❤️”


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In 2020, Simpson released her memoir Open Book, which topped The New York Times Best Seller list, selling over 59,000 copies across all platforms in its first week.

In the book, she discussed topics such as her marriage to Nick Lachey, her relationship with musician John Mayer, sexual abuse she experienced during her childhood, dependence on alcohol and prescription drugs, and the pressure she felt to lose weight, which caused her body image issues. Six new songs were released as part of the book, marking her first release in music since Happy Christmas in 2010.

The official synopsis of the book, as per the website, reads: 

“This was supposed to be a very different book. Five years ago, Jessica Simpson was approached to write a motivational guide to living your best life. She walked away from the offer, and nobody understood why. The truth is that she didn’t want to lie. Jessica couldn’t be authentic with her readers if she wasn’t fully honest with herself first. 

Now America’s Sweetheart, preacher’s daughter, pop phenomenon, reality tv pioneer, and the billion-dollar fashion mogul invites readers on a remarkable journey, examining a life that blessed her with the compassion to help others, but also burdened her with an almost crippling need to please. Open Book is Jessica Simpson using her voice, heart, soul, and humor to share things she’s never shared before.

First celebrated for her voice, she became one of the most talked-about women in the world, whether for music and fashion, her relationship struggles, or as a walking blonde joke. But now, instead of being talked about, Jessica is doing the talking. Her book shares the wisdom and inspirations she’s learned and shows the real woman behind all the pop-culture cliché’s — “chicken or fish,” “Daisy Duke,” “football jinx,” “mom jeans,” “sexual napalm…” and more.

Open Book is an opportunity to laugh and cry with a close friend, one that will inspire you to live your best, most authentic life, now that she is finally living hers.”


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