Looks like divorce runs in the family. The parents of Ashlee and Jessica Simpson, Joe and Tina, have decided to end their marriage after 35 years together. Tina filed for divorce in late September citing “discord or conflict of personalities.” Now sources are stepping forward claiming the divorce is due to Joe’s homosexuality. The Enquirer reports:
“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.”
Of course whenever a “close” source comes forward with extremely entitled, not to mention absurd, information like this it’s hard not to be a tad skeptical. As of today, Tina and Joe’s rep has released a statement clearly desiring to put all rumors to rest:
“It is an amicable split and there is no third party involved. Any other related allegations are completely false. The family appreciates your respect for their privacy at this time.”
Daughters Jessica and Ashlee are no strangers to divorce, having each gone through one themselves (Jessica divorced Nick Lachey in 2005, and Ashlee divorced Fall Out Boy member Pete Wentz in 2011.)
Regardless of the true reason behind the decision to separate, we wish the family well during their difficult time.