Jessica Simpson wanted to become a recluse due to body shaming

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Jessica Simpson wanted to be a recluse after becoming overwhelmed by the ongoing criticism of her weight.

The singer's mother, Tina Simpson, discussed the "terrible" body shaming her daughter endured throughout her hugely successful music career, and revealed that the star wanted to escape from the vicious comments.

"I have to be honest: To me, the hardest thing with Jessica has been the weight. Because the way people judge her, it's unbelievable. Body shaming is a terrible thing, and no girl should have to go through that -- or guy. Period," Tina said during an appearance on the Today show.

"Because of that, it catapulted all kinds of different emotions and different things in her life too, you know? And then it made her want to be a recluse, in a lot of ways, and to hide out and not want to get our of her house," she shared.

The 40-year-old singer reflected on the criticism she received over her appearance in her memoir, Open Book, and previously revealed that writing the autobiography helped her to deal with her body insecurities after years of being the subject of mean headlines and articles.

"I can label it as insecurity, (but) that doesn't mean that it takes that away. That doesn't mean that I'm all of a sudden cured of insecurity. I have to rid myself of measuring up to what weight I should be because I've had so many people tell me what weight I need to be," Jessica explained. "You have to be patient with yourself, you have to be kind to yourself, you have to love yourself, flaws and all."