“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.
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.”