Pete Wentz isn’t mad at his “best friend for five years” Ashlee Simpson

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The past month has brought a lot of drama between Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz, although to be fair to them, most of the drama did seem to orignate from tabloids making mountains out of molehills. Some of the most notable stories have been about Ashlee’s boozy ass hooking up with Pete’s friends, like Travis Barker and Craig Owens, in addition to her (alleged) hookups with random skaters while still married. Then there was the appearance of Ashlee and Pete seeming like they were gearing up for a custody battle for their son Bronx. So… yeah, it’s been a mess. So Pete decided to do some damage control when he called into Ryan Seacrest’s radio show:

Despite his recent split and possible custody fight over son Bronx, 2, Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz appear to be amicable exes.

Two days after the former couple drove together to a Hollywood In-N-Out Burger, Wentz, 31, called into Ryan Seacrest’s KIIS-FM morning show to discuss his new band, Black Cards, and to praise Simpson, 26.

“It’s like Ashlee’s been my best friend for five years,” Wentz said Monday. “She’s the mother of my child. I have nothing but love and respect for her. Going through something like this isn’t easy, but we’re friends, and the most important thing is to put our son first.”

Wentz says keeping the details of his divorce private is tough, though, fortunately, the celebrity news cycle has been busy lately.

“It’s hard to … maintain your private life,” he says. “You want to do it, especially when there’s a kid involved. It’s like the one time on earth I’m like, ‘Thank god Charlie Sheen exists.’ ”

In spite of it all, the rocker says his son’s spirits are high.

“He’s doing awesome,” Wentz says. “He’s crazy. It’s like something new everyday. Everything’s like a new discovery for him. All of a sudden he’s opening doors and all of a sudden he wants to paint.”

“His new thing is hiding cell phones and credit cards and stuff,” Wentz continues. “I’m like, ‘So where’s dad’s cell phone?’ And he laughs. He thinks it’s a comedy bit.”

[From People]

Do you buy that everything is fine between Ashlee and Pete, and that we in the gossip industrial complex are just blowing things out of proportion? I’m not so sure. For me, my belief in various tabloid reports comes from what I know, from what I’ve seen time and time again, and from what has become evident over time. The Simpson family leaks to the tabloids. That’s a fact. Usually, it’s about Jessica and her farty stuff, but I think Papa Joe, as manager to both of his girls, approves of strategic leaks that (he hopes) will help his girls. Therefore, I tend to put some stock into various tabloid reports about Ashlee and Pete’s problems, then and now.

That being said, I do think they’re both trying to reel it in. Over the weekend, they were photographed together, and taken with this interview with Pete, I do think they’re aiming for maturity. This week. Let’s see how long it lasts.

Oh, and Pete cut his hair too. I think I’m the only one who liked his Bob Dylan ‘fro. Now he looks so average!

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  1. brin says:

    He looks much better with that chia pet off his head.
    I don’t know if they have the maturity to keep up the we’re besties” for long, I think all the bad press made them reel it in for now.

  2. Ruby says:

    Celebs have way too many options when it comes to dating/relationships. Like a buffet of possibilities- money, power and fame are like an aphrodisiac. Superficial love. Shame Pete sounds like he still loves her- ” my best friend”. That made me a little sad. How many best friends do we get life?

  3. jemshoes says:

    I kind of liked the ‘fro, too. But ANYTHING is better than flat-ironed hair on a guy!

    I want to believe that they’ll be mature and keep things civil and PRIVATE.

  4. ERika says:

    he does look ORDINARY now that he cut his hair!
    i feel bad for him too. that ashlee seems like she has major esteem issues!

  5. hayley says:

    Ashlee thinks she’s a hardcore indie girl. the fall out boy bassist isn’t rad enough for her anymore i guess.

  6. nnn says:

    I liked them together.

    So far, i think they are handling the break up and their parental duties with more maturity and class that many of their elders : David & Courtney, Halle & Gabriel….

  7. mokona says:

    I don’t know, but I feel like he’s being so nice because he knows the divorce is partly his fault. I have an on and off bf, he does all that stupid things, he kinda neglects me but when I act bitchy ( I mean reaaally bitchy) because of his behaviour he acts annoyingly nice cos he knows he is guilty. Pete reminds me of him.

  8. teehee says:

    When both parents are walking around in convers and skinny jeans….
    I mean, Im jus sayin.

  9. sandy says:

    i can’t help it, i really like him, he seems so down to earth and he’s a good dad, she won’t do any better than him, she needs help.

  10. lcat says:

    I could see those reports of Ashlee and other guys being plants to make her look less pathetic. Seeing as Pete’s been cheating on her for forever. It would be just like Joe to think that would help her.

  11. Sue says:

    I don’t get it he ok to hang out with but not ok to have shared custody of their son 90% of the time I see photos of Bronx he with Pete. Ether she playing mind game with him or this was all a PR stunt to draw attention to Ashlee so called “comeback” because one minute their sending love twits to each other then out of the blue she files for divorce just days later, then their together for Valentine’s Day, next she want full custody of Bronx and say their brake up was Pete’s fault for not being their like there was not tons of photos of her partying and flying to and from LA and now their hanging out again it makes no sense. I not say they have to hate each other but something smells fishy about this whole thing.

  12. original kate says:

    i like the fro on him, too; the flat-ironed emo ‘do was just laughable.

  13. candy says:

    Ashlee may have been insulted when her husband started a new band and didn’t ask her to be a part of it, especially when she is supposed to be a singer! Instead he hires another hot babe to do the honors. What up with that? Those are grounds for divorce….

  14. Chris says:

    @Teehee: And I’m jus hearin. Fair point.

  15. Cherry Rose says:

    Just because of how people dress doesn’t mean they don’t make good parents.

    Plenty of my friends are goth, punk, and alternative and make great parents. They don’t dress like your average parents but they’re kids are just as smart and well-adjusted as your parents who dress like everyday people. Sheesh.

    I like Pete with his hair cut. I’ve never liked Ashlee though. She’s always seemed like a b*tch, especially from reports of her behaviour. Glad Pete’s free of her.

  16. Newbie says:

    Still sad about this one. I like them together and I don’t think that either of them will do better. And it’s always sad to see a couple with children break up.

  17. original kate says:

    “Ashlee may have been insulted when her husband started a new band and didn’t ask her to be a part of it, especially when she is supposed to be a singer! Instead he hires another hot babe to do the honors. What up with that?”

    i’m guessing he’s heard ashlee “sing.”

  18. fallen says:

    I think I might be the only person that likes his new do, way better than the ‘fro.

  19. Quercus says:

    LOL at “gossip industrial complex”!

  20. Magsy says:

    Aw they tried to play house and act like grownups, just didn’t work. They probably fought over their grungy clothes.

  21. LuckyLilGem says:

    Like the cut and the way he’s handling the media scrutiny of his divorce. Very mature.