Jessica Simpson Shares Her Struggle With Dyslexia in Moving Message

While celebrating a milestone for memoir Open Book, Jessica Simpson revealed what it meant to read her story out loud “without hesitation” for the first time.

By Elyse Dupre Dec 02, 2020 2:16 PMTags
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Jessica Simpson is opening up about her dyslexia.

The 40-year-old star took to Instagram on Tuesday, Dec. 1 to celebrate her memoir, Open Book, being named one of Apple's best audio books of 2020 and to reflect on what it was like to read her story out loud.

"OPEN BOOK, thank you for the therapy," the "With You" singer wrote. "@Applebooks thank you for recognizing and respecting my story. Turning my fears into wisdom has been a soulful journey to say the least. I appreciate the power of this praise with all of my heart."

The mom of three went on to discuss her struggle with dyslexia, revealing, "Fact: I'm dyslexic and this was the first time I have ever read out loud without hesitation. I did it for the listener. I did it for my family. I did it for myself."

In her book, which was released in February, Simpson shared several aspects of her life. She wrote about her past relationships, detailed her road to sobriety and recalled being sexually abused as a child by a girl she had considered a family friend.

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"I really just wanted to own my truth," the actress said during an interview with The View earlier this year. "My fame started a lot with a reality series and letting people into my life to really know me. I felt like I had a little bit of a disconnect, and I wanted to get to know myself and it was a very healing process for me."

"I really just feel like I championed my way through a lot of fear and self-doubt," she continued. "And really, it was, like, my own words that ended up inspiring me and giving me the courage to just share with everybody that I'm human just like you. I've gone through things that a lot of people go through, and it's just a very powerful moment in my life."

Her family—including husband Eric Johnson and kids Maxwell Drew Johnson, Ace Knute Johnson and Birdie Mae Johnson—have also shown their support.

"They're really proud of me," Simpson previously told E! News, "and that pride that my children have in me, there's no better accomplishment."

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