Joe Simpson, father to Ashlee and Jessica Simpson, just dropped a bomb on his family — at least according to reports. The former Baptist minister allegedly sat his family down two months ago and let them in on a huge secret. He’s gay, and that’s not all. He is also reportedly involved with a twenty-something boy-toy! Click here to read more about him.
Joe, who was also a youth pastor, had been married to Tina Simpson for 34 years, but Tina filed for divorce late last month after Joe came out of the closet, according to a Radar Online insider. “Joe got the family together about two months ago and came out of the closet,” the insider claims. “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 with daughter Jessica Simpson and wife Tina Simpson at the 8th Annual Operation Smile Gala held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in 2009.
Over the summer, Joe was busted for DUI in Sherman Oaks, and according to reports, the 54-year-old has been spiraling out of control ever since. Regarding the arrest, the source claims that his boy-toy may have been with him at the time. “The police report stated that there was someone else in the car with Joe,” the source adds. “Some reports have stated it was Tina, but now the belief is that it may well have been a boyfriend.”
In the divorce documents, Tina cited “discord or conflict of personalities” as the reason for her filing, not the typical “irreconcilable differences.”
^ Joe Simpson (right) and “guest” at the 17th Annual BAFTA/LA Britannia Awards held at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in 2008.