“It was a long, hard emotional journey,” Jessica Simpson writes about how she has quietly reclaimed her life and her health over the past year. At 37, “I thought I was too young to write a memoir,” Jessica Simpson says. But within weeks of getting sober in late 2017, she began writing her story, the upcoming Open Book. “I didn’t realize all the stuff I had to say until I was actually connected to it through music and writing,” Simpson tells PEOPLE. “So when I started to go through all the depth of the pain that I was experiencing, I realized I was pretty rock bottom.”
That was Halloween 2017. As she recounts in her book, she and her husband Eric Johnson were on their way to a school assembly for their daughter, Maxwell. Simpson was in the passenger seat. “It was 7:30 in the morning and I’d already had a drink,” she writes.
From there, she and Johnson went home and prepared for the Halloween party they were hosting that evening. Simpson dressed as her pal, country star Willie Nelson. As her team glued a gray beard on her face and put on her wig, grey with long braids, she “zoned out.”
When Johnson asked her if she wanted to get the kids ready, she realized she was not in any state to help out. “I was terrified of letting them see me in that shape,” Simpson writes. “I am ashamed to say that I don’t know who got them into their costumes that night.” That night, she took an Ambien to help her sleep. The next morning, she writes, “I slept in, afraid to see them, afraid I had failed them. I hid until they left, then drank.”
Simpson’s close circle of friends came over, and she told them: “I need to stop. Something’s got to stop. And if it’s alcohol that’s doing this and making things worse, then I quit.”
Her friends gathered around her and mobilized to help. With a team of doctors, the support of her parents, and twice-weekly therapy, Simpson began to face her anxiety and the emotional pain that had haunted her for years. Much of the pain stemmed from the trauma of sexual abuse she had survived as a young girl. Pain that had often led her to reach for a drink. “This feeling of being alone and scared in the dark was one I’d had since I was abused as a child,” Simpson, now 39, writes. As she recounts in her memoir, she has quietly reclaimed her life and her health over the past year.
“It was a long, hard emotional journey,” she says. One which resulted in the book, as well as six new songs that will be released along with the audio book she narrated. And Simpson, who runs her billion dollar clothing line, has found new joy in being present for her husband and their three kids: daughter Maxwell, son Ace and baby Birdie, 10 months. “I had room for so many wonderful moments that I would have missed: sober for the first time ever in my studio and seeing Maxwell grab a guitar. Ace in pajamas he put on himself, proudly adding a sticker to his bedtime chart.” “There’s just no better gift,” she says. “There’s no better gift I can give my kids, there’s no better gift I can give my husband. More importantly, there’s no better gift I can give myself.”
The release date of Open Book is February 4, 2020! The dates are finally HERE. Book tour kicks off in NYC on February 4, 2020.
Jessica reveals for the first time her inner monologue and most intimate struggles. Guided by the journals she’s kept since age fifteen, and brimming with her unique humor and down-to-earth humanity, Open Book is as inspiring as it is entertaining.
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.
Jessica has been spotted running errands in New York, NY on September 25, 2019. She looks stunning!
Hi guys. Some images from Jessica’s Instagram have been uploaded. In the most recent ones you will notice her incredible weight loss, just six months after giving birth.
Today is Jessica’s birthday! Sweetkisses.net with staff and all fans want to wish Jessica the best birthday!!! I have added a couple of photos to the gallery from her celebration today with family and friends.
Jessica Simpson has lived most of her life in the public eye. As a pop culture phenomenon, singer, reality show pioneer, actress, entrepreneur, and global businesswoman behind a $1 billion company (the most successful celebrity licensing brand in history), Simpson is an icon of a generation. But her journey hasn’t been easy, and in her powerful new memoir she isn’t afraid to admit that her life has very much been a work in progress. Revealing new parts of herself for the first time, Simpson opens up about her struggles, and how she learned that with the right mind-set—pain can give you tools, faith can give you courage, and challenges often give way to bigger opportunities and a bigger picture.
From her popular television show Newlyweds, to a very public divorce, starring on the big screen and topping the Billboard charts, finding new love, raising a family, and running a successful business empire, her new book will be a candid, inspiring, and behind-the-scenes look at how she chose to learn from each difficult moment, evolve musically, become a more fearless businesswoman, and consistently shatter all expectations of who she was “supposed” to be. Jessica is and has always been America’s sweetheart and she continues to be followed for her candor, unfiltered honesty, and girl-next-door persona. For the first time, she tells her side of the story, and shares with readers everything that she’s learned along the way.
Book will release on February 4, 2020. Hopefully there will be a book tour!!! Stay tuned.
Hi all! I have uploaded some photos of Jessica and her family from Mother’s Day this past weekend.
After welcoming baby number three with husband Eric Johnson, it appears that Jessica Simpson is making room for their newest addition at her Hidden Hills mansion. Several builders were pictured on site as the family home was extended to provide even more room for Jessica, husband Eric Johnson and their three kids: Maxwell, six, Ace, five, and five-week-old Birdie.
Workmen were laying down panels of wood in the snapshots as they constructed the new space that connects the main house to another large wing of the mansion. The 38-year-old singer-turned-fashion designer purchased the home in the exclusive California enclave in 2013. Jessica bought the house that was built in 2001 from Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne for $11.5million, nearly $1million less than they paid for it in 2007. One of the first things that Jessica did after moving in was install a large model cow in the driveway, giving the home a ranch feel. And the animal statue remains the pride of the place at the property six years later.
While the six bedrooms and separate guest apartment provide ample living space for a family of five, Jessica and Eric have clearly decided they want even more room for their growing brood. Unsurprisingly, their property has everything their children could want to keep them entertained.