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Jessica Simpson has celebrated four years of living sober and shared her struggle with alcohol addiction.
The actor and singer posted a photo to social media highlighting how she looked at the peak of her battle and gave words of advice for people trying to kick the habit.
She recalled to her more than five million followers that the 2017 version of herself is now unrecognisable.
"I had so much self discovery to unlock and explore," she wrote. "I knew in this very moment I would allow myself to take back my light, show victory over my internal battle of self respect, and brave this world with piercing clarity.
"Personally, to do this I needed to stop drinking alcohol because it kept my mind and heart circling in the same direction and quite honestly I was exhausted.
"I wanted to feel the pain so I could carry it like a badge of honor. I wanted to live as a leader does and break cycles to advance forward- never looking back with regret and remorse over any choice I have made and would make for the rest of my time here within this beautiful world."
While four years is a long time, Jessica says the time has flown by.
She admits it was hard deciding whether to share her story with the world, but she also believes it's important to speak out if it can help others.
"There is so much stigma around the word alcoholism or the label of an alcoholic," she said.
"The real work that needed to be done in my life was to actually accept failure, pain, brokenness, and self sabotage.
"The drinking wasn't the issue. I was. I didn't love myself. I didn't respect my own power. Today I do.
"I have made nice with the fears and I have accepted the parts of my life that are just sad. I own my personal power with soulful courage. I am wildly honest and comfortably open. I am free."
The photo of her in the pink tracksuit marked her first day without alcohol and she felt inspired to let other people know her struggle.
She revealed last year that her 'rock bottom' moment happened on Halloween 2017 when she was so drunk she couldn't dress her kids.
On November 1, she told a group of friends that she never wanted her kids to see her in that state again and she stopped drinking.
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