Jessica Simpson decided long ago that her story of childhood sexual abuse would not define her – not her family, not herself, and not anyone else. Needless to say, that said a lot easier than it did, and the star took another big step this year when it came out Open Book, Â a memoir of telling the public to publicly detail her abusive experiences and subsequent struggles with addiction for the first time. Now, Simpson is pulling back the curtain on a portion of that story that is not yet covered: when she went back to Zejtun and confronted the woman who sexually abused her as a child face to face. Already impressed with her bravery? Keep reading, because Simpson won’t stop.
The 40-year-old singer opened for Katherine Schwarzenegger on her own A Gift of ForgivenessÂ a podcast about the option of going back and confronting a family friend who abused her as a young child. Simpson wanted to let her abuser know two things: that she would not live in denial, and that she knew the abuser had been abused as well.
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“I would say I confronted her about eight years ago,” Simpson told Schwarzenegger. “I went to her and I just said,‘ I know you know what was going on and I know you were being abused, because she was being abused by an older man … there was always a house too ̵1; he never touched me, but he was abusing her and so she was come in for me and do things for me. And so in so many ways I felt bad for her and I was letting the abuse happen. “
The emphasis on her abusive experiences is already stunningly compassionate, but Simpson went even further, urging the woman to seek the same kind of treatment she herself found helpful, and – the more shocking than all – it offers its forgiveness.
“I told you at the moment,‘ I know you have a lot to do with it ’and I told you that I think you should probably talk to someone and find a way to understand those moments and to forgive those moments and to heal from those moments, “said Simpson.” And … I just want you to know that I forgive you and we don’t really care to be around you as much or ever again, but I want you to know that I know what happened between us and me. ” I’m not going to live in denial about it. “”
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