Jessica Simpson was blown away by her fan’s and followers’ responses to her most recent post about sobriety.
After the star shared an “unrecognizable” throwback photo of herself from four years ago to celebrate the anniversary of her sobriety, Simpson, was in tears over the response of the post according to a friend of the singer and businesswoman revealed.
“It was very real for her,” the friend states. “She spent half the day crying. It meant so much to her to hear from people, hear their stories and know that she helped even one person.”
“She was reflecting. Jessica does not want to hide anything anymore. She is an open book. She wants people to show that if she can post a cute photo of her family at Halloween, she also wants to show that is not all life is,” the friend says. “She wants to share the truth.”
After four years of being sober, Simpson is simply in “such a better place.”
“She’s doing really well. She’s very present and she’s clear and clear-minded and her family is doing great,” the friend shares. “It’s not that she doesn’t face challenges but she’s learning how to be better equipped to deal with challenges and more accepting of things that have happened in her past.”
Simpson, who shares children Birdie Mae, Maxwell Drew and Ace Knute with husband Eric Johnson, was very transparent about her journey to sobriety in her post.
“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.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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