Jessica Simpson has no problem talking about her past struggles with her children.
The singer, 40, released a memoir, “Open Book,” last year, in which she discloses information about her past, including relationships, addiction and allegations of sexual abuse.
In an interview on “Good Morning America,” Simpson revealed that she speaks openly about her struggles – including alleged abuse – with her children – Maxwell, 8, Ace, 7, and Birdie Mae, 2 – who were invited to read his book.
“They both have [the memoir] at their bedside, ”said Simpson. And they’re starting to be really good readers, and they’ve read some of it. There is nothing that is forbidden. We are very open as a family. For me, when I talk about sexual abuse and the like, it happened to me when I was younger than them and at their age. So, this is something that we are very open to. ”
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She then recalled having a conversation with Maxwell about the difficult topic at a book signing event in New York City last year.
“A woman came up to me and was crying and had her daughter with her and she was like, ‘What you went through as a child, you know, it really encouraged me to talk to my therapist and be open with my family. about it, ”the actress recalled. “And Maxwell was like, ‘Mum, what is she talking about?’ ”
The star said she realized it was time to tell her daughter about her experience and put the signing event on hold.
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“But it was a perfect moment because she saw how open and honest being with your feelings and how you can inspire people that way… how moving honesty really is and how it can change the people’s lives and she saw it. mom was doing that, ”Simpson said.
After their chat, the mother-daughter duo returned to their hotel where Maxwell began writing a journal.
“She’s been writing in her diary ever since,” said the proud mother. “So that’s really cute. ”
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She continued, “I just think as a parent it’s so important to really have everything in the open. There is nothing embarrassing to talk about at all and there is nothing to be ashamed of. And no one is going to judge you. And if they do, they will come and they will be there for you. And if they aren’t, someone else will. But our family is very close. ”
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The pocket edition of “Open Book” is now available.
If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse, please contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673.