Jessica Simpson Celebrates 4 Years of Sobriety by Looking Back at “Unrecognizable Version of Myself”

“It feels like maybe 2. I think that is a good thing. Ha,” she wrote. “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,” she continued. “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.”

Simpson has discussed her past alcohol abuse before, including in Open Book. In her memoir, the fashion mogul recalled a day when she had been drinking and was unable to get daughter Maxwell, 9, and son Ace, 8, whom she shares with husband Eric Johnson, ready for Halloween in 2017.

“I was terrified of letting them see me in that shape,” Simpson, who also shares 2-year-old daughter Birdie with the former football player, wrote, per Today. “I am ashamed to say that I don’t know who got them into their costumes that night.”