They were one of Hollywood’s favourite couples of the early 2000s – complete with their very own reality show.
Now, Jessica Simpson is revealing the extent of her heartbreak when her marriage to Nick Lachey fell apart, releasing private diary entries in a new edition of her explosive 2020 memoir, Open Book.
In one unearthed entry, 40-year-old fashion mogul Simpson writes of the devastation she felt when Lachey moved on with another woman shortly after they parted ways in 2006.
“I didn’t want to be married any longer but I was also afraid to be alone with ‘no one to call my own but the night,’” she wrote of their split after four years of marriage.
“The house is hushed. Everything is still. I sit in solitude. To cry. To feel alone ….
“What a shame to find that which is or who is to blame, because in this world, deceit becomes a crippled hearts cane,” she added.
Commenting directly on Lachey’s then-new relationship, the handwritten excerpt went on: “So, Nick, you’re with another already? Seems that you forgot the love you spoke to me.”
“I’m saddened beyond belief. Alone in the dark, with no one to call my own.”
Lachey, 47, has been married to the woman referred to in the entry, Vanessa Lachey, for a decade now, after striking up a romance less than a year after his split from Simpson, who he was with for a total seven years.
Last year, following the release of her shocking memoir in which she candidly discussed her battle with addiction, abuse she endured as a child, and high-profile romances, Simpson recalled what led to the end of her and Lachey’s marriage.
The stars of popular reality show Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica, Simpson said it was their life in the spotlight that began to erode their marriage and ultimately lead to their divorce.
“With Nick, I was 22 years old when we got married … Once I started to get endorsement deals that were separate from him, there was a little bit of tension,” she told ET.
“(The press) put us as a trophy couple that we actually weren’t,” the former popstar added.
Simpson — who has been married to NFL player Eric Johnson since 2014 — has since said she’s happy they’ve both found happiness.
“He’s married with three beautiful children,” she told ET of the Lachey kids, Camden, 8, Brooklyn, 6, and Phoenix, 4. “He took heartbreak and made it into something beautiful.”
“That’s what I did as well, but it took me longer to get there,” she added of her marriage to Johnson, with whom she shares three kids: Maxwell, 8, Ace, 7, and Birdie, 2.
The new diary entries appear in the re-released paperback copy of Open Book, which originally came out last year to a flood of headlines.
Among a number of explosive showbiz confessions, the mother-of-three revealed that she was inappropriately touched by a family friend’s daughter when she was six years old.
“It would start with tickling my back and then go into things that were extremely uncomfortable … I was the victim but somehow I felt in the wrong,” Simpson described in an excerpt from the memoir shared with People magazine.
It took Simpson six years to tell her parents, Tina Simpson and Joe Simpson, and her dad “said nothing” but “we never stayed at my parents’ friend’s house again but we also didn’t talk about what I had said.”
The paperback edition of Open Book includes a new introduction in which Simpson writes about more about the lasting impacts of the abuse.
It in, she reveals she decided to tell her daughter, Maxwell, about her experiences after an abuse survivor became emotional in front of them during a book signing.
“When she walked away, Maxwell asked, ‘What was she talking about?’” Simpson recalls.
“This was going to have to be the time for our talk. Parents have to seize these moments when you have your kids’ attention.”