Jessica Simpson revealed she’s battled a learning disorder in a brave announcement.
The singer has celebrated the success of her New York Times Best Selling memoir, Open Book, in which she details her personal life and career. In an Instagram post, she thanked Apple Books after her memoir was listed as one of the best audiobooks of the year.
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“OPEN BOOK, thank you for the therapy,” she captioned her post. “@applebooks, thank you for recognising 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.
“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.”
Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that impacts areas of the brain that process language, making reading, writing and spelling difficult.
Other famous stars who have dyslexia include actor Orlando Bloom and Tom Cruise, as well as businessman Richard Branson.
The mother-of-three was incredibly candid in her tell-all book that was originally published in February this year, revealing intimate struggles like her battle with addiction and being sexually abused as a child.
“I was killing myself with all the drinking and pills,” she writes, adding that she got sober in November 2017 and hasn’t had a drink since. “Giving up alcohol was easy. I was mad at that bottle. At how it allowed me to stay complacent and numb.”
She writes about going to therapy and allowing herself to talk about her childhood traumas.
“When I finally said I needed help, it was like I was that little girl that found her calling again in life,” she writes. “I found direction and that was to walk straight ahead with no fear. Honesty is hard but it’s the most rewarding thing we have. And getting to the other side of fear is beautiful.”