After six years of sobriety, Jessica Simpson is commemorating a significant accomplishment.
The singer-actress toasted the milestone on her Instagram story by reposting a photo from her 2021 celebration of four years sober.
The 43-year-old Simpson posted on Thursday, “6 years ago.”
A 2017 photo of Simpson, sitting in a pink sweatsuit with light reflected on her face, is shown in the original post, dated Nov. 1, 2021. Simpson described the image as “unrecognizable.”
“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.”
In the essay, Simpson stated that giving up alcohol was one of the factors impeding her progress and that doing so would enable her to “break cycles.”
“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,” she wrote. “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.”
Simpson went on to say that she felt like the years had passed quickly since giving up booze.
“There is so much stigma around the word alcoholism or the label of an alcoholic,” she wrote. “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,” she continued. “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.”