AUDIO – SOBRIETY’S ROLLER COASTER RIDE –
July 12, 2022 – In addition to struggles with drug and alcohol addiction, the Dukes of Hazard actress has also endured public scrutiny of her body since the early days of her career. In her memoir, the “Take My Breath Away” singer claims her first record label told her to lose 15 pounds when she was 17 tears old and weighed 118 pounds. “I looked at my parents. They said nothing,” she wrote. The damage done to the Texas native’s self-esteem continued into her adult life. When she was 35, Simpson scheduled a tummy tuck against her doctor’s orders to “get rid of the stretch marks and loose skin left sagging from my back-to-back-pregnancies.” The Employee of the Month actress explained in her book that her doctor warned her she “could die” if she went ahead with the surgery but she had the procedure anyway. “It did not go well. I got an infection — colitis — and was vomiting so much I thought I was going to burst my sutures,” she wrote. “Doctors talked seriously about me needing a blood transfusion.” Simpson made a full recovery, but the health scare taught her a valuable lesson. “I can tell you that plastic surgery does not cure what’s inside. Really, it’s about how you feel emotionally, and I was still just as hard on myself once those stitches were out,” she wrote.