With Jessica Simpson unable to wrangle a big cover deal for photos of her first child and Ashlee almost completely out of the public eye, the responsibility to make headlines has fallen to their father and questionable manager, Joe Simpson. Papa Joe was busted for a DUI in August but got off easy since it was his first offense. The next month, his wife Tina filed for divorce, but that didn’t ruffle too many feathers.
Well, you can thank The National Enquirer for coming up with the supposed reason why the shit is about to hit the fan. The tabloid claims that the real reason Joe and Tina are splitting… is that he’s gay and has finally come out to his family. According to an insider,
“Joe got the family together about two months ago and came out of the closet. He told them that he’d tried to continue in his marriage to Tina, but he couldn’t go on any longer and deny the fact that he had these feelings for men. Joe said it wasn’t fair to her, and it wasn’t fair to him.”
Interestingly, RadarOnline seems to hint that the “insider” could be An-Ya, a Russian pop star who Joe took under his wing much the way he nurtured the career of Ryan Cabrera (who, of course, no one remembers anymore). When mentioning the source in this story, Radar linked to an earlier post about An-Ya. I’d be surprised to see someone turn on Joe that much, but then again, maybe she figures that’s a more surefire way of getting exposure.
With the Simpsons being rather religious — Joe’s a former minister, and Jessica’s first album was gospel — I was curious to see if the patriarch had ever discussed homosexuality. The only item I can find is that back in 2004 he had Ashlee’s character in the movie Undiscovered changed from lesbian to straight. “It doesn’t work for her to be gay the first thing out,” he said at the time, claiming that Ashlee was destined for greatness like Cameron Diaz or Meg Ryan, and that “when we’re done, she’ll play it all.”
Turns out it’s Joe who’s playing it all—minister, father, manager, intoxicated, and maybe now gay with a twentysomething boytoy.