After facing concern from her appearance and behavior in a recent Pottery Barn Kids ad, singer Jessica Simpson hit back at critics with lessons learned from five years of sobriety.
The pop singer, actress and reality television star didn’t waste time in responding to reactions to the viral promotion that featured her and her three-year-old daughter Birdie. Taking to Instagram after recording herself at her studio where she goes to “ground [herself] and heal,” Simpson opened up with a “little advice” about dealing with “destructive noises.”
“As much as I have learned to block out destructive noise…peoples’ comments and judgments can still hurt deeply with their incessant nagging ‘you will never be good enough,'” she wrote. “The most important thing I have learned through the last 5yrs without alcohol being a guard for escapism, is that I CAN and ALWAYS WILL get through it.”
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“I feel compassion for the opinionated hate that some people can so effortlessly just blurt out with such intensity on social media or in the media in general,” Simpson continued. “We all have our days of wanting to be, look, do, and feel better. Nobody is alone with that feelin’ that I can promise you.”
In the advertisement, the celebrity stood in what was said to be her youngest child’s room as she promoted prints and color schemes available from the brand. “Hi, I’m Jessica Simpson, and welcome to my daughter Birdie’s room, designed by Pottery Barn Kids and a little bit of me,” she said in the video that included the caption, “I just really don’t think that there’s any risk you can’t take.”
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After posting the video Thursday, the comment section began not only to fill with compliments about the design choices but with concerns about her appearance.
“Respectfully…she looks frail,” said one as another suggested, “something seems off…” and users asked, “Is she ok?”
I ask and in not a haha funny way but I’m actually concerned why aren’t people talking about it but is Jessica Simpson okay? That last interview she’s slurring her words and she’s so incredibly skinny.
— 🌙 (@sailort_8) November 7, 2022
Jessica Simpson looking frightening. pic.twitter.com/PiPD9Hri8c
— Cranky (@CrankyEvolved) November 3, 2022
— hi (@crackass74) November 4, 2022
Medication? Drugs? Alcohol? Mental Problems?
— GC Williams (@TamPogodotcomGC) November 5, 2022
Despite the negative remarks, others suggested whatever personal struggles she might be dealing with were of nobody else’s concern with one writing, “It’s sad that all these comments are about her appearance. It’s none of anyone’s business. I wish people were kinder.”
Simpson went on to state when dealing with critics, “I know what works for me and that is to let go and simply sing while lookin directly inside the mirror, straight in my eyes to really see and understand myself. I can connect with my heartbeat. I am stable and strong. I am home.”
In March, she told Entrepreneur about her experience with sobriety, “When I stopped drinking, it was because I had stopped hearing the voice I really trusted, and I was lost without her.”
The singer has also publicly shared her struggles with weight and how she had lost 100 pounds in a year’s time after giving birth to her third child with husband Eric Johnson in 2019.
“A little advice,” she concluded her post, “live inside your dreams and move through them. Don’t give up on yourself because someone else did. Stay true to YOU. It has worked for me in this chaotic life thus far. Nothin’ and nobody will rob me of my joy. Ya might come close but it is mine to own. Yours should be too.”
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