A new report in the US has claimed the break up of Jessica Simpson's parents' marriage was because 54 year-old Joe Simpson, the former pastor-turned-talent manager, is homosexual.
Joe, who was a Baptist minister, allegedly confessed to his wife of 34 years, Tina that not only is gay but that he has a 20-something boyfriend too.
However, in a statement released to Gossip Cop, a rep says: "Any other related allegations are completely false. The family appreciates your respect for their privacy at this time."
Tina filed for divorce in McLennan County, Texas, in September stating “discord or conflict of personalities” as grounds for the split.
The shock "confession" allegedly happened in the weeks before Tina ended their marriage. “Joe got the family together about two months ago and came out of the closet,” an insider reportedly told the National Enquirer according to RadarOnline.
“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.”
The split came at a difficult time in Joe's life, who was arrested for drink driving in the Sherman Oaks neighbourhood of Los Angeles in August.
“The police report stated that there was someone else in the car with Joe,” the insider continued.
“Some reports have stated it was Tina, but now the belief is that it may well have been a boyfriend.”
We have contacted Mr Simpson's representatives for a comment.
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