Jessica Simpson Started Taking Diet Pills at 17 Years of Age, for 20 Years, for This Reason
Jessica Simpson shed light on her weight fluctuations, past relationships in her upcoming memoir called the Open Book
Jessica Simpson has made a startling revelation. The star has just confessed to taking diet pills early on in her career after a male record executive told her to lose weight, reported E! News. The singer and fashion designer made headlines for her fluctuating weight and looks and was also ridiculed for wearing unflattering "mom jeans" in 2009. In 2010, she told Oprah Winfrey that she had never battled an eating disorder, saying, "I've tried every fad diet, every diet there is, but never to the extent where it's unhealthy." Last year, Jessica revealed that she lost 100 pounds six months after giving birth to her third child.
In her upcoming memoir called the Open Book, she shared that she auditioned for Tommy Mottola at Columbia Records on her 17th birthday. He even offered her a record contract and told her to lose 15 pounds. At the time, Jessica weighed 118 pounds. In the book, she said, “I immediately went on an extremely strict diet, and started taking diet pills, which I would do for the next 20 years.” While speaking to Oprah in 2010, she had said, “People couldn't stop talking about my weight fluctuating. It would bother any woman, I would think. The fact that I was famous last year for gaining 10 pounds is ridiculous and it's really sad."
She added, “I didn't want people to let people know it was affecting me...it's a really hard thing for me to talk about because I celebrate women of all sizes and I think we're all beautiful. I do believe it is something that comes from within, and something you have to find within yourself to be comfortable with yourself.” Jessica also talks about being sexually abused by a family friend’s daughter who had an alcohol addiction in her upcoming book. She also shed light on her past relationships – with ex-husband, Nick Lachey and ex-boyfriend John Mayer.