CLAIM: Joe Simpson is Gay, Prompting Divorce
“Jessica Simpson’s Parents Are Getting Divorced Because Her Dad’s Gay?!” asks a headline from Perez Hilton, who rarely knows the answers. After Gossip Cop confirmed on Wednesday that Tina Simpson filed for divorce from Joe Simpson on September 24, the blogger immediately regurgitated a National Enquirer report about the alleged reason for the couple’s split, claiming, “Joe Simpson has come out of the closet!”
Perez quotes a supposed “insider” as 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.”
The alleged “source” explains, “Joe said it wasn’t fair to her, and it wasn’t fair to him.” But that’s not all. Perez goes on to add that the Simpson patriarch has “already found a 20-something boy toy to keep him company too!”
The so-called “source” explains that when Joe was busted for a DUI in August, “The police report stated that there was someone else in the car with Joe… now the belief is that it may well have been a boyfriend.” The blogger editorializes, “We’re glad you finally decided to be honest with yourself and accept who you are.”
Too bad Perez doesn’t know the first thing about honest reporting. Instead of taking two minutes to fact-check this report, he immediately copied and pasted a tabloid story on his site, as is his habit. Gossip Cop, on the other hand, checked in with a Simpson family insider, who tells us there’s “no truth” to the rumor that Joe is gay, calling the reports “a joke.” Kind of like Perez’s reporting.