"I spent so many years beating myself up for an unrealistic body standard."
Jessica Simpson got candid about the effects of being body-shamed.
The new paperback version of her memoir "Open Book" includes the singer's diary entries focusing on the scrutiny she received after wearing "mom jeans" during a performance at a chili cookout concert back in 2009.
"There is a wonderful movement for body positivity now and the response to that portion of my story has been overwhelmingly supportive," she began. "I don't think people always realized 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."
"I spent so many years beating myself up for an unrealistic body standard that made me feel like a failure all of the time," she continued. "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."
She added, "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."