Jessica Simpson Looks Unrecognisable In Harrowing Throwback Snap
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Jessica Simpson looks unrecognisable in a throwback image from four years ago.
The 41-year-old took to her social media to celebrate four years of being sober, after she gave up alcohol in 2017.
"This person in the early morning of Nov 1, 2017 is an unrecognizable version of myself," she wrote online.
"I had so much self discovery to unlock and explore. I knew in this very moment I would allow myself to take back my light, show victory over my internal battle of self respect, and brave this world with piercing clarity.
"Personally, to do this 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."
Jessica continued: "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."
Over the last few years, Jessica has spoken about her struggles with alcohol. In her book, Open Book, the mum explains that during Halloween 2017, she was unable to dress her children after "zoning out".
"I was terrified of letting them see me in that shape," she wrote. "I am ashamed to say that I don't know who got them into their costumes that night."
She recalled how the next day, she told her friends: "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."
And friends and followers were quick to offer their support on the honest post.
One wrote: "You are the strongest most beautiful women I know. Love you!"
While another added: "I'm lucky enough to have known you throughout and 1 thing never changed… your soul that is overwhelmingly filled with love for those around you."
And a third wrote: "Thank you for sharing!!! I am currently 8 months sober and this post resonates with me so much."