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Jessica Simpson revealed that she was abused as a child in her memoir, Open Book.
On Katherine Schwarzenegger’s podcast, she opened up about confronting her abuser.
The confrontation happened eight years ago, and Jessica also sent her Open Book.
In Jessica Simpson’s memoir, Open Book, the actress, singer, and fashion designer shared that she was abused as a child by someone she considered a family friend. Now, she’s opening up more about the experience.
Jessica went on Katherine Schwarzenegger’s podcast, The Gift of Forgiveness, to talk about how she confronted her abuser eight years ago. "I went to her and I just said, 'I know you know what was going on, and I know that you were being abused,' because she was being abused by an older guy," Jessica said. "He was always there at the house as well, so he never touched me, but he would abuse her, and she would come to me and do the stuff to me and so, like in so many ways I felt bad for her, and I was allowing the abuse to happen."
"I told her in the moment, 'I know that you have a lot to deal with,' and I told her that she should probably talk to someone and find a way to understand those moments and to forgive those moments and to heal from those moments," Jessica continued.
She added that she also told the woman that she forgave her for what she did. Jessica recalled saying, "I just want you to know that I forgive you, and I don't really care to be around you that much ever again, but I do want you to know that I know what happened between us, and I'm not gonna live in denial about it."
Jessica said she decided to confront her abuser because she was trying to "explore myself" at the time. "I knew that I couldn't move forward without letting her know that—I wasn't going to just leave it unsaid," she explained. "I left it unsaid for far too long. I knew that if I was honest with her, it would clear my conscience."
Jessica said she even sent her abuser a copy of Open Book. "I told her that I hope that it brings healing," she said.
In her book, Jessica revealed that she was sexually abused when she was six by another young girl. "At the time, I didn't really understand what was happening," she said. "I knew something was wrong. I knew it was wrong what was going on. This was a very close person, and she was being abused. It happened throughout a long time in my life."
Jessica wrote that it was hard to tell her parents. "I was a preacher's daughter. I was taught to be a virgin until I got married, and so I never wanted to share these sexual things that were happening because I didn't want to hurt anybody," she said. After she finally told her parents what was happening, she said her parents "did the best that they could."
"They ignored it with their words, for sure, but they took action, and I never had to do the sleepovers again. I never had to go back," Jessica said.
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