Jessica Simpson is opening up about her struggles with body image and weight.
The 39-year-old gets candid in her new memoir, Open Book, about the advice she says she received early in her career that led her to take diet pills for 20 years.
According to Simpson, it started at the age of 17 when she met with Tommy Mottola at Columbia Records. The legendary producer liked her voice, but the singer claims that Mottola told her, “You gotta lose 15 pounds.”
“That’s what it will take to be Jessica Simpson,” Simpson recalls Mottola allegedly saying in her memoir.
Simpson says she weighed 118 pounds at the time but was down to 103 pounds when her second album was released.