Jessica Simpson opens up about confronting and forgiving the girl who sexually abused her as a child

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Jessica Simpson opens up about confronting and forgiving the girl who sexually abused her as a child

Jessica Simpson first opened up about the sexual abuse she experienced as a child, at the hands of a family friend, in her memoir Open Book, releas

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Jessica Simpson first opened up about the sexual abuse she experienced as a child, at the hands of a family friend, in her memoir Open Book, released earlier this year. 

And the 40-year-old star revealed even more about her experience on Katherine Schwarzenegger’s The Gift of Forgiveness podcast, out Wednesday. 

In the episode Simpson talked about how she confronted her abuser eight years ago and offered forgiveness. 

Forgiving: Jessica Simpson talked about how she confronted her abuser eight years ago and offered forgiveness, decades after experiencing sexual abuse, on Katherine Schwarzenegger's The Gift of Forgiveness podcast, out Wednesday (pictured in February 2020)

Forgiving: Jessica Simpson talked about how she confronted her abuser eight years ago and offered forgiveness, decades after experiencing sexual abuse, on Katherine Schwarzenegger’s The Gift of Forgiveness podcast, out Wednesday (pictured in February 2020)

Of the encounter she recounted saying: ‘I just want you to know that I forgive you and I don’t really care to be around you that much ever again, but I do want you to know that I know what happened between us and I’m not gonna live in denial about it.’

She also expressed sympathy for the abuse her abuser was receiving from an older boy.  

‘I went to her and I just said, ‘” know you know what was going on and I know that you were being abused,’”because she was being abused by an older guy,’ Simpson explained. 

Adding of the older boy: ‘He was always there at the house as well, so he never touched me, but he would abuse her and she would come to me and do the stuff to me and so, like in so many ways I felt bad for her and I was allowing the abuse to happen.’

Not in denial: Of the encounter she recounted saying: 'I just want you to know that I forgive you and I don’t really care to be around you that much ever again, but I do want you to know that I know what happened between us and I’m not gonna live in denial about it' (pictured in February 2020)

Not in denial: Of the encounter she recounted saying: ‘I just want you to know that I forgive you and I don’t really care to be around you that much ever again, but I do want you to know that I know what happened between us and I’m not gonna live in denial about it’ (pictured in February 2020)

She even suggested the woman heal and forgive for the experiences between them. 

‘I told her in the moment, “I know that you have a lot to deal with,”‘ she said. 

Adding: ‘And I told her that she should probably talk to someone and find a way to understand those moments and to forgive those moments and to heal from those moments.’

Back in February, she opened up on The Coach Mike Podcast about her life since sobriety and the powerful reason that prompted her to reveal her painful past sexual abuse.

In a DailyMail.com exclusive clip, Jessica explained that it was her role as a parent that helped her to talk about the abuse and write about it in the book. 

Getting real: In February, she opened up on The Coach Mike Podcast about her life since sobriety and the powerful reason that prompted her to reveal her painful past sexual abuse in her new memoir Open Book

Getting real: In February, she opened up on The Coach Mike Podcast about her life since sobriety and the powerful reason that prompted her to reveal her painful past sexual abuse in her new memoir Open Book

‘I was about five or six when it started,’ Simpson told Coach Mike. 

‘I really wanted to speak out about it as a parent because it’s very important to know that some of the closest people in your life you need to keep a watch on,’ she continued.

The former popstar is mom to daughters Maxwell, seven, and Birdie, 10 months, and son Ace, six with her husband Eric Johnson.

Original writing: '(It happened) when I shared a bed with the daughter of a family friend,' Jessica wrote. 'It would start with tickling my back and then go into things that were extremely uncomfortable' (pictured in February 2020)

Original writing: ‘(It happened) when I shared a bed with the daughter of a family friend,’ Jessica wrote. ‘It would start with tickling my back and then go into things that were extremely uncomfortable’ (pictured in February 2020)

In Open Book, the star revealed she was sexually abused as a child by a family friend when she was six years old and kept it secret from her parents until she was 12.

‘(It happened) when I shared a bed with the daughter of a family friend,’ Jessica wrote. ‘It would start with tickling my back and then go into things that were extremely uncomfortable.’ 

Family: The former popstar is mom to daughters Maxwell, seven, and Birdie, 15 months, and son Ace, six with her husband Eric Johnson

Family: The former popstar is mom to daughters Maxwell, seven, and Birdie, 15 months, and son Ace, six with her husband Eric Johnson

She told her parents, Tina and Joe Simpson, six years after the abuse began. The mother of three recalls being in the car with her parents on a trip when she told them about what had happened to her.

She remembers her mother slapping her dad’s arm and saying: ‘I told you something was happening’.

‘Dad kept his eye on the road and said nothing,’ she said. ‘We never stayed at my parents’ friend’s house again but we also didn’t talk about what I had said.’ 

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