Jessica Simpson’s dad Joe Simpson, a baptist minister who gave Jess a purity ring when she was 12, is embroiled in a new scandal after a report emerged that the recently-single Texas showbiz dad is having a gay fling with a 20-year-old boy toy.
Joe Simpson is dad to Ashlee as well as Jessica Simpson, and is also newly divorced after nearly four decades of marriage to wife Tina. The divorce was enough of a surprise in the (at least formerly) conservative, religious family — but according to RadarOnline, Jessica’s dad Joe recently came out of the closet as gay.
The online report about the gay rumors stems from the National Enquirer, which summarily received the scoop on allegations that Jessica Simpson’s dad Joe has a boyfriend from an unnamed insider.
The site quotes the insider about Joe Simpson’s alleged gay fling, saying:
“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.”
Joe Simpson and wife Tina filed for divorce in Texas on September 24, and the pair cited “discord or conflict of personalities” as their grounds for divorce.
In August, Joe Simpson was arrested for a DUI in Texas, and now an insider says that on that night, he may have been with his alleged male companion:
“The police report stated that there was someone else in the car with Joe … Some reports have stated it was Tina, but now the belief is that it may well have been a boyfriend.”
A full report on the allegations of Joe Simpson coming out of the closet and having an affair with a man will be published in Thursday’s edition of the tabloid.