Simpson, who is mom to Maxwell, 8, Ace, 7, and daughter Birdie, 2, revealed to Hoda Kotb in an interview on Today how they each (and especially Maxwell) have helped her face her fears.
“We were doing a Jessica Simpson Collection photoshoot, and she wanted one of the horses that she rides to be in a shoot,” the singer, actor, and fashion mogul told Kotb, admitting that she’s been afraid of horses her whole life.
“This was her way of (being) like, ‘I’m gonna make Mom ride this horse.’
“She was like, ‘Horses know that you’re afraid, Mom. And it’s not gonna relax until you put your shoulders down and breathe. And Mom, let’s just stand at the mountain and scream over the mountain.’”
Then, the two yell out together: “I throw my fear over the mountain!”
“And then I went back to the horse, and Maxwell handed me the reins and gave me the lead,” Simpson said.
“It was a beautiful moment. And I took the reins, and of course, the horse emptied out like four days worth of pee.”
“I actually follow their lead in a lot of things,” Simpson shared of looking to her children while also healing.
“They have so much innocence. And they haven’t had all the traumas and the dark stuff that we cling onto. And they’re actually capable of making better decisions than we are. My oldest, Maxwell, teaches me every day to surrender.”
Simpson’s personal essays about her self-discovery journey will be shared on Amazon Original Stories where she hopes others can face their own fears and grow through pain.
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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