Jessica Simpson feels young again thanks to her sobriety.
In an interview with E! At the Footwear News Achievement Awards last week, Simpson told the outlet, “Not drinking has been the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. I have so much clarity.”
The Icon Award winner continued: “I like to be present when I’m talking to people. I like to absorb what other people are thinking and I like to listen. It’s kind of kept me from feeling about my life. I ‘I feel it now and I love it.’
“It’s also good not to gain extra pounds, I would say,” Simpson added, “especially during the holidays.”
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Simpson celebrated six years of sobriety in early November with a shared post from 2021 that featured a photo of herself in 2017 on the day she decided to get sober, calling herself “unrecognizable.”
At the time of the original publication, the mother of three had been four years sober and wrote: “There is so much stigma around the word alcoholism or the label alcoholic. The real work that needed to be done in my life was to truly embrace failure, pain, brokenness, and self-sabotage. The drinking wasn’t the problem. I was. I didn’t love myself. I didn’t respect my own power. Today I do it.
The 43-year-old also celebrated embracing her body after losing 100 pounds following the birth of her third child, daughter, Birdie Mae, in 2019.
“Embracing my youth has been a big part of my transformation,” Simpson told E! to focus on your health. “I feel like I’m in my 20s again.”
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She continued: “Being too hard on yourself will lead to setbacks in everything you do and any goal you set. Just love yourself through it, give yourself a little compassion. It It takes time to get to a place where you really feel confident.”
“Once you do it, you’ll be glad you did,” Simpson added.
In 2021, the singer confided to Hoda Kotb in “Today” that she had gotten rid of her scales.
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“It was like a Ouija board,” Simpson said. “I have no idea how much I weigh. I just want to feel good and be able to zip up my pants. If I don’t, I go to another size. I have all sizes.”
“I really tried my best to not let that define me.”
Some have criticized her weight loss, accusing her on social media of using Ozempic, but Simpson denied the rumors earlier this year.
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“Oh, God. I mean, it’s not — it’s willpower,” she told Bustle in July when asked if she uses Ozempic. “I’m like, ‘Do people want me to drink again?’ Because that’s when I was heavier. Or (do they) want me to have another baby? My body can’t do it.”