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Jessica Simpson says confronting her abuser was ‘painful’ but admits she had to do it


Jessica bravely opened up in her new memoir (Picture: Rex/HarperCollins)

Jessica Simpson has opened up about how difficult it was for her to confront her abuser, after revealing she had been a victim of sexual abuse.

The singer, 39, admitted it was difficult confronting the abuser, who was the daughter of a family friend who was just a year older than her, but she had to do it in order to heal.

She told People: ‘I needed to confront my abuser. It was extremely painful and still is. It’s still shocking.

‘That little girl in me wanting to do the right thing, not knowing how to stand up for herself and not knowing how to stop it.’

Jessica had admitted in her upcoming memoir, Open Book, what she went through from the ages of six until 12.

She wrote: ‘It would start with tickling my back and then go into things that were extremely uncomfortable. As a child, I didn’t know what was going on, I just knew I wanted to protect everybody else in the room.’

Jessica also admitted that the trauma had resulted in a battle with addiction to drugs and alcohol, though she has now been sober since November 2017.

The singer revealed she had to confront the abuser to help her heal (Picture: Rex Features)

She had therapy to help her cope with the trauma, and confronting her attacker was part of the process.

The singer added to People: ‘I felt like a lot of who I am, the character of who I am, was built through the trials and the pain of abuse.

‘I allowed it to happen, so I felt that I was as much of the abuser as the abused. So I was very shameful during that time, from six to 12 years old.’

The memoir doesn’t sugarcoat the difficult times (Picture: Instagram)

She also describes the moment she told her parents what was happening, at 12 years old, and while her mother had had her suspicions something was wrong, neither of her parents said anything to her.

Jessica explained why she was so open about everything in her memoir: ‘Normally, I would’ve candy coated it, and I didn’t.

‘They understood why I needed to have it in the book. I know as parents they wanted to protect me from everything in the world.

‘I was a preacher’s daughter and I was so protected — and also I wasn’t. It’s hard for a parent to hear that — but it also wasn’t their fault. It felt good to say it out loud and then it never happened again.’



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