The 40-year-old singer and actress faced public scrutiny and criticism over her body when she was a young star, and her mother, Tina Simpson, has now said the comments got so bad, Jessica didn’t want to leave the house.
“Because the way people judge her, it’s unbelievable. Body shaming is a terrible thing, and no girl should have to go through that; it catapulted all kinds of different emotions and different things in her life, too, you know? And then it made her want to be a recluse,” she said on the Today show.
Jessica spoke about the scrutiny she was under in her memoir, ‘Open Book’, where she included a journal entry she wrote in 2009 in which she addressed the criticism around an outfit she wore to a concert. The ‘With You’ singer later said she’s pleased to see the conversation around body image starting to change.
“There is a wonderful movement for body positivity now, and the response to that portion of my story has been overwhelmingly supportive. I don’t think people always realised that there was a human being, a beating heart and working eyes with actual feelings behind those headlines and that words can hurt and stay with you for a lifetime,” Jessica says.
“I spent so many years beating myself up for an unrealistic body standard that made me feel like a failure all of the time. I am still a work in progress when it comes to self-criticism, but now I have the tools to quiet those voices in my head when they speak up. I believe in my heart that a healthy body and a sound mind-body connection are what’s truly important and help me accept imperfections as beauty.”
Extra source: News-Herald