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Sadly, Jessica Simpson's Tale Of Abuse And Addiction Is All Too Familiar

It happens time and time again.

Jessica Simpson is about to release her memoir Open Book, and it’s brimming with shock revelations about abuse and addiction.

In the new book, Simpson opens up about being sexually abused by a family friend’s daughter and self-medicating “with alcohol and stimulants.”

Simpson made the decision to get sober in 2017 after “hitting rock bottom.” 

“I was killing myself with all the drinking and pills,” she wrote. “When I finally said I needed help, it was like I was that little girl that found her calling again in life.”

Listen to the GOAT team unpack Simpson’s memoir in the latest ep of It’s Been A Big Day For… below:

It’s so refreshing to see Jessica Simpson be so open and honest about her struggles, but sadly, it’s all too familiar.

Many of the child stars we grew up watching on Disney and Nickelodeon have gone on to experience serious mental health issues and struggle with addiction later in life.

In 2018, Camp Rock child star and singer Demi Lovato relapsed after six years of sobriety, was hospitalised for an opioid overdose and entered a rehab facility shortly after. High School Musical star Zac Efron sought treatment in 2013 after struggling with alcoholism and substance abuse. 

It was a similar story in the years prior for former child stars including Britney Spears, Aaron Carter and Nickelodeon’s Amanda Bynes.

Even Justin Bieber, who was discovered at just 13 years old, has opened up about his heavy drug use. Last year, in a lengthy Instagram post, Bieber wrote, “I went from a 13-year-old from a small town to being praised left and right by the world, with millions saying how much they loved me and how great I was.”

He said that by the time he was 18 he had “no skills in the real world, with millions of dollars and access to whatever I wanted.”  

“I started doing pretty heavy drugs at 19 and abused all my relationships. I became resentful, disrespectful to women, and angry,” he said, explaining that it took him “years to bounce back from all these terrible decisions, fix broken relationships, and change relationship habits.”

Unfortunately, many of the child stars we looked up to as kids have experienced serious struggles in their lives – however, it’s not all bad. Because of the bravery of these celebrities, and their ability to speak out about their experiences, the next generation of young stars are able to be just as truthful, seek help and use their platforms to remind the world that we are all humans – no one is perfect.

If you, or anyone you know is experiencing struggles with addiction of abuse, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or 1800 RESPECT for support.

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'One Tree Hill' Star Sophia Bush Didn't Realise How Much She Was Sexualised

"I didn’t realise how inappropriate it was."

If you grew up in the noughties you’d be well aware of the iconic TV series One Tree Hill. It was full of juicy drama, high school scandals and most importantly, Chad Michael Murray dreamy smile.

However, behind closed doors, it wasn’t all roses and sunshine according to Sophia Bush.

Appearing on Ashley Graham’s podcast Pretty Big Deal, Sophia Bush – who played Brooke Davis on the show – revealed how she was sexualised in her teenage role.

“I fought a lot with the writers,” she said. “I was sort of unaware of the power dynamics at play and I would just say things. I’d be like, ‘I’m not doing this.’”

“There was this sort of really weird thing. You look back at it, at the time, I didn’t realise how inappropriate it was, but again, this was a long time ago. I remember my boss kept writing scenes for me to be in my underwear.”

Listen to the GOAT team breakdown fellow child star Selena Gomez’s recent shakeup in It’s Been A Big Day For…

“And I was like, ‘I’m not doing this, this is inappropriate. Like, I don’t think this is what we should be teaching 16-year-old girls to be doing, and to be seeking validation this way.”

Bush went on to say that her boss would justify the character’s behaviour by telling her, “well you’re not 16.”

“And I said, ‘But I’m playing 16, and if you want somebody to do it so badly, get somebody else to do it,” she said. “And he literally said to me, ‘Well you’re the one with the big f*cking rack everybody wants to see.’ And I was like, ‘What!? Well, I’m not doing it.”

Bush said she even wore a turtleneck in an episode of One Tree Hill, “just sort of to be spiteful.”

In her interview with Ashley Graham, Sophia Bush also revealed that One Tree Hill producers would take advantage of “people’s personal lives” including her failed marriage to co-star Chad Michael Murray, and “deeply personal things” would wind up in storylines.

Chad Michael Murray and Sophia Bush.
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In 2017, Bush and her co-stars Hilarie Burton, Bethany Joy Lenz and Jana Kramer signed a letter accusing One Tree Hill showrunner Mark Schwahn of sexual harassment. 

The most important thing is that Sophia Bush has found her voice and is speaking openly and honestly about her struggles during the show. Keeping the conversation open is the first step to encouraging real change to make sure this never happens again.

If you, or anyone you know is struggling with issues related to sexual abuse, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or 1800 RESPECT.

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Taylor Swift Is Done Being Tight-Lipped About Her Political Beliefs

She's speaking her truth.

With a new year comes new attitudes, and no one is feeling that mood right now more than Taylor Swift who is officially done with remaining tight-lipped on politics.

Taylor Swift has announced she’s releasing a new single called ‘Only The Young’ alongside her upcoming Netflix documentary Miss Americana at the end of this month. According to Variety, the single will be “an anthem for millennials who might have come away disillusioned with the political process.”

Listen to the GOAT team break down Taylor’s political dip in the latest episode of It’s Been A Big Day For… below:

Having gone through her fair share of personal battles in recent years, fighting against sexual assault and for the rights to her own music, it seems as though Swift is well and truly done with being the submissive cookie cutter popstar she was once been made out to be. 

Taylor Swift isn’t the only celebrity marrying politics and art. Ariana Grande encouraged her fans to vote by setting up registration booths at her shows, and Miley Cyrus has always been outspoken about abortion and gun laws on social media and in her interviews. 

And there are so many rising stars on the horizon who understand the power of their platform and how their music or art can go hand-in-hand with politics to make a difference. 

However, politics and music have had a long relationship. Billie Holiday’s 1939 track ‘Strange Fruit’ is about racism, Bruce Springsteen’s 1984 classic ‘Born In The USA’ is about a Vietnam veteran struggling to adjust to civilian life, stranded by a lack of government support, and since bursting onto the scene in the mid-noughties, rapper Kendrick Lamar has released countless tracks about the Black Lives Matter movement. 

On the flipside, politics have the ability to weaponise music. Artists including Rihanna, Pharrell Williams, The Rolling Stones and more have repeatedly tried to stop Donald Trump from using their songs at rallies – some have succeeded, however others have failed.

Despite this, it’s still crucial for artists to understand the power of their music and its ability to influence major shifts in society and politics. Kudos to Taylor Swift for sticking to her guns and speaking her truth – we are all ears.

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