Ashlee Simpson & Pete Wentz: what went wrong?


As we discovered yesterday, Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz’s marriage is no more. She filed for divorce, and she’s asking for joint custody of their son Bronx, as well as spousal support. Ashlee got the first word on why they were splitting too – Camp Simpson leaked that it was all because of Pete’s “erratic behavior.” Then Camp Wentz released his side: they just grew apart and his love of music and touring was a factor, and there were no third parties involved. Also, TMZ reported that Pete tried to talk Ashlee out of filing for divorce, to no avail. Us Weekly has some theories too:

Wedded bliss didn’t last very long for Ashlee Simpson-Wentz and Pete Wentz.

Although the couple’s Wednesday divorce announcement came as a shock to many, insiders saw trouble brewing way back in June 2009 — when Ashlee, 26, and Pete, 31, were married for a mere 13 months, and prone to explosive blowouts often punctuated by alcohol.

At issue? Balancing their professional and romantic lives with the pressures of parenting an infant son, Bronx, then 7 months. At the time, the duo fought “constantly,” and singer-actress Ashlee was “seriously considering leaving him,” one insider said.

Things boiled over at a June 1 party — where a visibly drunk Ashlee got into a nasty public spat with Michelle Trachtenberg, Pete’s ex girlfriend.

Simpson-Wentz was “reverting to drinking and going out, because she is sick and tired of her life,” another pal said. The alcohol was “an outlet for her unhappiness, and Pete is getting fed up.”

After hanging out in the same social circles for years, the couple got romantic in late 2006 — and raced to the altar in May 2008, when she was 3-months pregnant.

“Ashlee loves Bronx but jumped into marriage and having a baby too quickly,” one pal told Us. “They feel they got trapped in a situation they were too young for.”

In Wednesday’s statement released by their spokesperson, the couple said: “We remain friends and deeply committed and loving parents to our son Bronx, whose happiness and well-being remains our number one priority.”

[From Us Weekly]

E! News has an exhaustive timeline of their courtship, marriage and split here – and after I read through it, I understood a little bit more why this union had so many problems. They spent a lot of time apart, and while they were away from each other, they did a lot of solo partying. Also: Ashlee cannot hold her liquor! In most cases, I would say that the dude would be the one going buck wild post-split, but my theory is that we’re going to see a lot of photos of Ashlee out in clubs, partying her ass of in the months to come. Maybe even a rehab visit? I wouldn’t rule it out.




Photos courtesy of Fame.

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

43 Responses to “Ashlee Simpson & Pete Wentz: what went wrong?”

Comments are Closed

We close comments on older posts to fight comment spam.

  1. Quest says:

    Despite the split, I have to give them both kudos for the mature manner in which they are both handling this divorce, thus far. Unlike some “crazy Berries” we know that are currently in the tabloids making a mess of things for their offspring.

  2. brin says:

    Sounds like Xtina 2.0.

  3. lachica says:

    he never really seemed into her.

  4. Twez says:

    “Love of music and of touring” says to me that Petey didn’t change his lifestyle and Ashlie got stuck being the grown-up and the mommy all the time.

  5. Genevieve says:

    Too much too fast too young

  6. Tiffany says:

    Sooo…the incident at the McDonald’s in Canada before marriage and baby was a factor in the split then. You are right, the girl cannot hold her liquor. To be honest, I thought the split would have occured after the Trachenburg incident. Since it was rumored that Ashlee was the third party in that relationship it is just karmic that she went off the rails like that. @ Papa Joe. If you read these post. Take a lesson from what you did to your oldest and stay out of it.

  7. Mae says:

    She seems incredably needy.

    To the rehab comment, I concur. Expect some lyndz-crack escapades for her in 2011.

  8. devilgirl says:

    I don’t take one drunken episode as her needing rehab. From what I have read, he is a cheater and a bi-polar, and that would challenge any woman’s patience.

  9. Dingles says:

    2 cups of immaturity
    4 tblspoons of narcissism
    A dash of ego
    A pinch of getting married too young
    1 serving of baby
    1/2 ounce of failing careers
    4 servings of eating disorders
    3 1/4 teaspoons of alcohol abuse
    1 lb of dried douchiness

    Stir. Bake for 2 years. Serves two. Best served cold.

  10. Darlene says:

    She’s looked like she’s losing her hair for months. It looks so thin, and like a girl’s version of a comb-over. 🙁

  11. HEB says:

    just suck it up a$$holes!!

  12. guesty says:

    Since they had to make a point of mentioning “no third parties involved”, that probably means there is.

  13. lucy2 says:

    Brilliant, Dingles!

    Sounds like they both need to grow up.

  14. the original bellaluna says:

    I believe the following went on:

    1) Pregnant too young/immature;

    2) Papa Jo-lester telling Pete “You WILL marry her.” Now tell me that wouldn’t have instilled some resentment, even in an older, more mature, non-famous guy;

    3) Shotgun wedding while too young/immature;

    4) A basic lack of willingness to compromise due to an abundance of ego, immaturity, and inflated sense of self-importance;

    5) A lack of direction on both their parts as to “what do I do with myself now?” when it came to both of their careers;

    6) A baby. Babies don’t FIX relationships; a baby adds stress and sleep deprivation to an already tense relationship;

    7) Voracious appetites for fame, groupies, liquor and/or drugs; basically, everything but food. (The food thing on Ashlee’s part); and…

    8) The Simpson family.

    And that’s my arm-chair diagnosis this lovely Thursday morning! Have a good day, all!

  15. Roma says:

    @Darlene: I noticed that too. Cocaine can cause hair loss as can eating disorders.

    I don’t want to go all druggie! on her, but she is scary thin. Like Hillary Duff during her “experimentation” stage.

  16. Henriette says:

    What went wrong? Her hair is dreadful. He’s bi-polar. She can’t handle her booze. He parties with other women.

  17. Delta Juliet says:

    Good lord people need to grow up. 24 is not “too young” to have a baby/get married. They may be TOO IMMATURE, but that is not the same thing as too young. This prolonged adolescence that people indulge in kills me.

    And does he ping anyone else’s gaydar?

  18. GradStudentEatingHotPockets says:

    I think the “erratic” behavior could be due to his diagnosis of bipolar (I’d guess it’s Bipolar I and not II but…who knows).

    But even if you took out his mental illness (and hers, since she’s struggled with eating disorders and stuff)…they both seemed very immature and they’re not good at responsibly handling their alcohol

    (No judging on getting wasted…but don’t make it all sorts of drama haha)

  19. TXCinderella says:

    They look like a homeless family in that first pic.

  20. EdithP says:

    When did Pete get diagnosed with bipolarism (bipolarity?)? This is the first I’ve heard about it, admittedly I’m not up on my Wentz/Simpson gossip.

  21. GradStudentEatingHotPockets says:

    It’s just called bipolar he has bipolar (no cool word endings to add)

    he’s said before he’s been taking medication for bipolar since he was 18 years old.

    EDIT…he has also tried to commit suicide before. So it fits.

  22. EdithP says:

    Ah, thanks grad, on both counts!

  23. RHONYC says:

    look at pic # 3!!!

    bronx is pissed as hell over this split!!!

    he’s got that damien look in his eye, awwww sh*t.

    give ’em hell bronx-y, that’s right! 😆

    p.s. – that pete should be ASHAMED of himself that he had the NERVE to expect his wife and mother of his son to NOT behave like a partying, fallin’ down lush, single-acting, paris-wannabe.

    what an assh*le! 😉

  24. JPX says:

    The reality is that they are both dumb and too young to be married. It also doesn’t help that their music careers went nowhere or that Peter has questionable sexuality issues.

  25. JenJen says:

    Maybe he snapped at her constant need to hold his hand, even if it was full or just for show.

  26. womanfromthenorth says:

    wimps.. just another stat. in a long line of young people that don’t get it.

    Why are people still getting married?

  27. Stubbylove says:

    OMG Dingles – You are brilliant! – right on.

  28. bluhare says:

    She’s a drunk like her sister. I’m being harsh, I know, but there’s a ton of photos of her drunk off her head out there, including one at the US Open Tennis championship last year when she’s dancing around while everyone else is watching the match. Plus the stumbling out of restaurant ones. When you’re way drunker than the people you are with a lot of the time, that’s a warning signal. A lot of alcoholics will simply move on to people who get as drunk as they do so they don’t stand out, actually. I was lucky; I stuck out and was able to quit before I started to get too far down the River Denial.

    And I’m bipolar (II) and if he’s taking his meds it shouldn’t be a factor. Course, if he isn’t, all bets are off.

  29. DGO says:

    I remember Jessica once saying she’d never drink because she had a family history of alcholholism and saw what it did to loved ones. Now it seems both she and Ashlee have turned to alcohol. So sad.

  30. Raven says:

    As much as I don’t like Pete he is always with his son when you see photos of the baby he’s with his father and some time Ashlee and but Pete right their she mostly off some were else.

    P.S. what does she do now anyway?

  31. miss c says:

    i dont know much about them as a married couple but i have a few questions to the people saying they were too young to get married and have a baby. since when late 20’s early 30’s too young to start a family. if pete is 31 now then he was 29 when they got married. and ashley was 24. a lot of people get married and have kids at these ages. and also, how is him touring and playing music immature? isnt he a musician? that’s how he makes his money. i can understand ashley wanting to be a stay at home mom but how could she expect him to take care of the family if he isnt working. i.e. touring???

    maybe i’m missing a big part of the story here but the too young and the immature excuse dont seem to fit here.

  32. DetRiotgirl says:

    I still think there has to be something really scandalous going on here. Ashlee tweeted something about “missing pete’s handsome face” less than a month ago, and he tweeted something about realizing what a “good mama and so much more” Ashlee is only 3 days ago. And, yes, I looked these two up on twitter yesterday after I read the initial announcement. Since that seems to be where all these celeb’s publicly have their nervous breakdowns now, when I hear about a story like this I grab my popcorn, roll on over to twitter and wait for the show.

    You would never know anything had changed from the looks of their twitter accounts. So, either they are being mature and have decided not to duke it out in random Internet speak on twitter (Ashlee? Pete? Mature? HA!) or something really swift and embarrassing came out of nowhere and they are both to shell shocked to talk about it. You know, or maybe they’re both over twitter. But, Pete seems to tweet a lot. So, I was expecting to at least see some acknowledgment of the situation there. But, no. His twitter page is currently mostly made up of various retweets of self help advice from people like Rev Run and Deepak Chopra. If I had to wager a guess in all this, I would say Pete screwed something up.

    Btw, I love that I can read people’s twitter accounts without having a twitter account myself! But, let me just add a quick “screw you Leann rimes!” for making her tweets private. Even though looking through her tweets was sometimes impossible because she tweets 400+ times a day, I do miss her epic levels of crazy. Now, there is some entertaining insanity!

  33. Camille says:

    “Ashlee loves Bronx but jumped into marriage and having a baby too quickly,” one pal told Us. “They feel they got trapped in a situation they were too young for.”

    This. I said that yesterday and I think that’s the main root of their problems. Everything happened too fast and at a young age.
    AssSimp seems very immature to me and she should have had some more ‘life experience’ before settling down and having a baby.
    Oh and double up on contraceptive next time! Idiots.

  34. craigc says:

    Pete is 5’4″ fyi…

  35. Patricia says:

    Sometimes the best commitment you can make to one another when you marry is to lay off the sauce.

  36. Bee says:

    Lol @Dingles!!! Too funny. And spot on.

  37. Stephanie says:

    Yes, he pings my gaydar.

  38. sammib says:

    Dingles, I think I love you. Hilarious!

  39. Scorpiana says:

    Their kid is surprisingly cute; it seems he got the best parts of their respective gene pools; I daresay he even looks elfish (see his little ears?) haha. On topic, I agree that neither of them was ready for the compromise, work and responsibility of marriage and family. And I also agree that they’re both shell shocked. And the look on their son’s face, where he’s wearing the striped shirt, is priceless:

  40. Jazz says:

    She’ll probably go party her ass off like Christina, and he’ll be looking after the kid. Why did they bother to get married in the first place if they’re not going to put the effort in to make the marriage work?

  41. Lway says:

    It’s Hollywood – you don’t need a good reason to get divorced. She knew about his career and tours and all this before she married him and now suddenly it’s too much for her.

    It’s sad that none of the marriages can last.

  42. rightgrrl says:

    maybe she didn’t care for his white boy fro? ~was his flat iron ALL that was holding their relationship together?? 😉

    …and whoever did her nose job did a great job, imho

  43. dahlia1947 says:

    Well they must really love eachother to have stuck out this long.