On Monday morning, Jessica Simpson took to Instagram to share a candid message about her battle with alcohol addiction and how proud she is of herself as she celebrates 4 years of sobriety.

“This person in the early morning of Nov 1, 2017 is an unrecognizable version of myself. I had so much self discovery to unlock and explore,” the singer opens in the message. “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. 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.”

Simpson went on to explain how, on her road to recovery, she wanted to take on the challenge of sobriety to prove that it’s possible to climb out the trenches and end up on top. She also said that through this journey, she’s found a new strength in herself.

“I can’t believe it has been 4yrs! It feels like maybe 2. I think that is a good thing. Ha. There is so much stigma around the word alcoholism or the label of an alcoholic,” she continued. “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. 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.”

Read Simpson’s message in full on her Instagram post above.

In other news, Simpson signed a multimedia rights deal with Amazon Studios back in 2020.

“I am humbled and honored to partner with Amazon Studios to bring my story and heart to life on the screen. I am a huge TV fan and many of my favorite shows live on Amazon, so the gift of this unprecedented collaboration is a dream for me,” Simpson said at the time. “From our first meeting I had a visceral connection to every member of this team. I know that parts of my life have been extraordinary, but I also know that many of my struggles are universal.