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Jessica Simpson reveals the powerful reason she spoke out about her sexual abuse 

Jessica Simpson sat down with Mike Bayer AKA Coach Mike to discuss her new memoir Open Book during her recent whirlwind media tour.

The 39-year-old mogul opened up on The Coach Mike Podcast about her life since sobriety and the powerful reason that prompted her to reveal her painful past sexual abuse.

In a DailyMail.com exclusive clip, Jessica explained that it was her role as a parent that helped her to talk about the abuse and write about it in the book. 

Getting real: Jessica Simpson opened up on The Coach Mike Podcast about her life since sobriety and the powerful reason that prompted her to reveal her painful past sexual abuse in her new memoir Open Book

Getting real: Jessica Simpson opened up on The Coach Mike Podcast about her life since sobriety and the powerful reason that prompted her to reveal her painful past sexual abuse in her new memoir Open Book

‘I was about five or six when it started,’ Simpson told Coach Mike. 

‘I really wanted to speak out about it as a parent because it’s very important to know that some of the closest people in your life you need to keep a watch on,’ she continued.

The former popstar is mom to daughters Maxwell, seven, and Birdie, 10 months, and son Ace, six with her husband Eric Johnson.

‘I really wanted to speak on it because my daughter where I was, you know, being sexually abused,’ Jessica explained in the clip.

'I was about five or six when it started,' Simpson told Coach Mike. 'I really wanted to speak out about it as a parent because it's very important to know that some of the closest people in your life you need to keep a watch on,' she continued.

‘I was about five or six when it started,’ Simpson told Coach Mike. ‘I really wanted to speak out about it as a parent because it’s very important to know that some of the closest people in your life you need to keep a watch on,’ she continued.

'I really wanted to speak on it because my daughter where I was, you know, being sexually abused,' Jessica explained in the clip. 'And, secrets will eat us alive.'

‘I really wanted to speak on it because my daughter where I was, you know, being sexually abused,’ Jessica explained in the clip. ‘And, secrets will eat us alive.’

Adding: ‘And, secrets will eat us alive.’  

In Open Book, the star revealed she was sexually abused as a child by a family friend when she was six years old and kept it secret from her parents until she was 12.

‘(It happened) when I shared a bed with the daughter of a family friend,’ Jessica wrote. ‘It would start with tickling my back and then go into things that were extremely uncomfortable.’ 

She told her parents, Tina and Joe Simpson, six years after the abuse began. The mother of three recalls being in the car with her parents on a trip when she told them about what had happened to her.

Sad past: In Open Book, the star revealed she was sexually abused as a child by a family friend when she was six years old and kept it secret from her parents until she was 12

Sad past: In Open Book, the star revealed she was sexually abused as a child by a family friend when she was six years old and kept it secret from her parents until she was 12

Chatting with the experts: Coach Mike, is a New York Times Bestselling author and speaker who has worked in mental health and personal development for over 17 years

Chatting with the experts: Coach Mike, is a New York Times Bestselling author and speaker who has worked in mental health and personal development for over 17 years

She remembers her mother slapping her dad’s arm and saying: ‘I told you something was happening’.

‘Dad kept his eye on the road and said nothing,’ she said. ‘We never stayed at my parents’ friend’s house again but we also didn’t talk about what I had said.’ 

Jessica said the abuse, as well as career pressures and anxiety as well as her turbulent relationship with ex John Mayer later contributed to her abusing alcohol and pills in a bid to cope with the emotional pain.

‘I was killing myself with all the drinking and pills,’ she said in the book. 

Positive response: Open Book topped the New York Times Best Seller list at number one for combined printed and e-book non-fiction

Positive response: Open Book topped the New York Times Best Seller list at number one for combined printed and e-book non-fiction

After hitting rock bottom, Jessica decided to get sober. In an exclusive DailyMailTV clip, Jessica opened up to Coach Mike about some of the surprising benefits of sobriety. 

‘I have to say that sex is so much better sober,’ she candidly quipped. 

Coach Mike, is a New York Times Bestselling author and speaker who has worked in mental health and personal development for over 17 years. 

essica opened up to Coach Mike about some of the surprising benefits of sobriety: 'I have to say that sex is so much better sober

essica opened up to Coach Mike about some of the surprising benefits of sobriety: ‘I have to say that sex is so much better sober

He is the founder and CEO of CAST Centers, the go-to clinic for artists, athletes, executives, and anyone who wants to live more authentically, successfully, and joyfully.

Coach Mike is a member of Dr. Phil McGraw’s advisory board and makes frequent appearances on the Dr. Phil Show and has appeared on Dr. Oz, The Talk, Rachael Ray, The Doctors and more.

The Coach Mike Podcast with Jessica will be available starting Tuesday February 18 on all leading distribution platforms.  

Tune in! The Coach Mike Podcast with Jessica will be available starting Tuesday February 18 on all leading distribution platforms

Tune in! The Coach Mike Podcast with Jessica will be available starting Tuesday February 18 on all leading distribution platforms

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