Jessica Simpson’s weight struggles have been well-documented, but for the first time she’s admitting that she relied on diet pills to stay trim — and started taking them when after a music executive told her she was overweight.
In yet another excerpt from her upcoming memoir, Open Book, Simpson recounts meeting then-Sony Music Entertainment honcho Tommy Mottola when she was a 17-year-old aspiring singer. She said he “wanted to sign me,” which she was over the moon about. “And then he said, ‘You gotta lose 15 pounds.'”
Simpson, who hadn’t yet graduated high school, recalled thinking, “What? I was five-foot-three and weighed 118.” She said star maker Mottola told her, “That’s what it will take to be Jessica Simpson.”
Hoping he would help her the way he did superstars Mariah Carey, Celine Dion and Jennifer Lopez, Simpson said she “immediately went on a strict diet, and started taking diet pills, which I would do for the next 20 years,” meaning she finally stopped taking them some time after going into recovery for alcohol and pill addiction in November 2017.
While Simpson did drop the weight she was asked to shed, she was starving. It also was harmful to her self-image, resulting in her calling herself horrible names.
“I started to hear voices when I was alone at night, waiting for the sleeping pill to kick in: ‘Do more sit-ups, fat ass,’” she remembered thinking. “By the time we got to the release of my second album’s first single, ‘Irresistible,’ I was down to 103 pounds. Everyone went on about how great I looked, but I couldn’t enjoy it because I was so freaking hungry.”
Simpson said another directive of the label was to “show more skin.”
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Recording the audiobook of Open Book was one of the most purposeful experiences of my career. It broke me down both physically and emotionally, but I hope everyone who listens will feel my soul and hear my truth through my voice. The new songs I am releasing with the audiobook are what inspired me to write the memoir and they are the musical counterpart to the story. I am so proud of this creation. I hope you love it. 💚 #OpenBook
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