Oh man. So, talk about bad timing, huh? Right before divorce proceedings were announced by Joe and Tina Simpson, it was revealed that Joe, father of Jessica Simpson, might be gay. But wait—according to statements made to People, he’s not. From People:
Jessica Simpson’s parents Tina and Joe Simpson have filed for divorce, a rep for the family tells PEOPLE. But that is where the headline-worthy news about the Simpson clan ends, says the rep.
Their statement to PEOPLE Wednesday came the same day that buzz built around a story in the National Enquirer reporting that Joe had come out to his family.
“It is an amicable split and there is no third party involved,” says the rep. “Any other related allegations are completely false. The family appreciates your respect for their privacy at this time.”
Tina, 52, filed for divorce in Texas last month, and cited “discord or conflict of personalities” as grounds in the court papers obtained by PEOPLE. She and 54-year-old Joe – a manager and former minister who is often referred to as “Papa Joe” – were married in Texas in 1978 and are also parents to Ashlee Simpson. They have two grandchildren between their daughters.
In Joe’s response to Tina’s divorce petition, he requests Tina not get anything in the split.
So, OK. There might not be a third party, per se. And that would just be because maybe Joe isn’t seeing one at the moment. But it wouldn’t take away from the fact that gay is gay, right? Just because Joe’s not boning someone on the side doesn’t mean that he’s not gay, you know? Is Joe gay? Well. That would explain a lot, but who really knows. Sure is odd, though, that Joe’s requesting Tina get ZILCH in the divorce, because wow. What a cold-hearted move (I love it).
Oh, and here’s the bit from the Enquirer that claims Joe’s gay, just in case you were in the mood for slum-gossip this evening:
According to a bombshell new report, Jessica Simpson’s world was turned upside-down when her manager-dad Joe Simpson recently dropped a bomb on his unsuspecting family: An insider says he confessed he’s gay!
And not only has a family source told The National Enquirer that 54-year-old Joe came out of the closet, the source says the former youth pastor and Baptist minister has a 20-something boy toy!
The stunning confession was the real reason wife Tina filed for divorce from Joe, her husband of 34 years, in late September, the Enquirer reports.
“Joe got the family together about two months ago and came out of the closet,” an insider divulged. “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.”
Can’t wait to see how this thing unfolds.