Yesterday, I had an interesting little piece from OK! Magazine that included a few choice quotes from Joe Simpson. Papa Joe was discussing Ashlee Simpson’s marriage problems, and how he’ll “never let his daughters be alone” whenever they’re in crisis. Well, PopEater had an interesting pro-Pete Wentz story about Papa Joe too. According to a pro-Pete insider, “Just like when Jessica split from Nick, Joe is doing nothing to encourage Ashlee to give the marriage another try, if only for the sake of her son. Joe likes being the only man in his daughters’ lives and is happy that Ashlee has moved back into his home [in Encino, Calif.], just like Jessica did after she announced she was leaving Nick…Joe got rid of Nick, and now he is saying goodbye to Pete. Let’s hope Ashlee finds more happiness than Jessica did when she finds herself officially single again.” Ouch.
Now, Even though the idea of Papa Joe forcing out his daughters’ significant others is particularly juicy, I have to admit, I don’t completely buy it. I think Joe stage-manages Jessica’s relationships, sure, but Jessica is now and has always been his blatant favorite. I just don’t see him as super-involved with Ashlee. And maybe Ashlee is the one who needs his help, even more than Jessica. Us Weekly has another pro-Pete story too – and this one is all about Ashlee’s alleged late-night problems:
When the going gets tough, the tough go partying — at least Ashlee Simpson does. Although their Feb. 9 divorce announcement took many by surprise, pals close to Simpson and husband Pete Wentz tell the new Us Weekly that the spouses of nearly three years “have been talking about splitting up forever.”
Simpson, 26, had coped in part with the impending split by having some late, late-night fun. “Ashlee has been out late partying for the past few months,” says one insider.
Specifically, the singer-actress — and mom to son Bronx, 2 — hangs with a crew of pro skateboarders in San Clemente, Calif., and returns home at sunrise.
“She would lose track of time,” the insider says. A source says a part-time nanny helps look after Bronx, and in her divorce filing, Ashlee asked for physical custody of Bronx and child support.
A Simpson source says the skateboarder thing is all innocent, however. The skaters are from Joe Simpson’s new show, The X-Life. “She went to the wrap party for the shoot, and Pete deejayed. They went and came back together.
Fall Out Boy rocker Wentz, 31, “started getting burnt out” by those antics, another source says. On the road with his band, he “would constantly check in on Ashlee, and he’d have his friends call the house and her cell to make sure she said she was where she said she was going to be,” an insider explains. “He felt like he couldn’t trust her.”
Even when Wentz was at home, Simpson didn’t put on the brakes. At a December 14 dinner party at the LA restaurant Eveleigh, Ashlee, “had a good amount of Belevedere cocktails… she wasn’t being loud, but you could tell she was drunk.” Wentz left a full hour and a half before his wife, who chainsmoked outside with Nicki Hilton.
Add to that, Ashlee’s career problems, like getting fired from Melrose Place halfway through the season. “She’s frustrated and insecure,” says on source, saying that the anxiety has caused her to lose weight. “She’s so skinny… I worry.”
[From Us Weekly, print and online editions]
I’ve read the print edition of Us Weekly too, and there’s even more in there. Here are a few tidbits: Ashlee has decided to go back to her maiden name. Ashlee and Pete’s marriage fell apart a few months into their marriage, and Ashlee only got married because her parents basically forced her to (through guilt, I think). “Everything changed” after she got pregnant. Sources also say that she’s left the home she shared with Pete, and she’s moved back in with her parents.
Oh, and here’s another gem: Us Weekly’s sources say that Joe Simpson is going to try to use Ashlee’s divorce to re-launch her career. Once source predicts, “In a few weeks, she’ll have an album annoucement… Then he’ll announce she’ll go back on Saturday Night Live to promote it.” Ooooh… that should be good!
Photos courtesy of Fame.
Why do celebs throw their marriages when the going gets tough? The honeymoon period wears off and they are no longer in love a.k.a been living apart/separate lives etc. Also the temptation to cheat thrown in they give up. I don’t want to hear they were young I am 27 and I got married when I was 23 and I have 3 kids. There is no need to get married if you don’t want to. Life isn’t a Jane Austen novel
I still suspect that Ashlee created the majority of the drama… that she finds herself in.
And she chased after that boy hard till she caught him. So now she is bored and wants to move on and blame him for the problems.
I am curious how much of Jessica’s income goes to support Ashlee. For a girl who has had very little means of support she sure seems to live well.
(And I bet Ashlee ends up purchasing a new home for a few million. That was funded by Jessica.)
Goodness Jessica better keep on working that fashion line. She has a family of 5 to support besides herself.
You are so right, Ruby. People seem to see marriages as disposable anymore. I was 24 when I married and 22 years later we are still strong. We have had our ups and downs, just like any other couple, but since we are actually committed to each other we KNOW that divorce will never be an option-and we work through things. There’s a level of intimacy that comes with being truly committed, and sadly a lot of people will never know that feeling.
SNL….Acid reflux part 2?
Can’t stand her. She is really not talented at all. I feel sorry for her little boy I think she is drunk a lot. I remember seeing pics of them at a tennis game or something like that and she was a drunk, hot mess and Pete looked really embarrassed by her.
A marriage is work (hard work) and I would not recommend excessive drinking and partying when you should seriously be thinking about your child/children.
This would not end well for Ashley if she keeps it up and Mr. All up in other peoples business Joe needs to lay off.
I don’t believe that Ashlee is constantly partying. There would be photographs. She’s not a big target but enough where she would be seen more often than the occasional dinner. Although not hugely talented, she does have a good singing voice. Better than Britney Spears. It’s funny how one instance of lipsynching destroyed her career while others thrive on it.
I think Joe messed with both those girls, and they became alcoholic to deal with it. Remember how he used to talk about Jessica’s breasts. Not normal.
“she does have a good singing voice”
For a homeroom mom maybe, but not for a professional entertainer! I guess now we know what the “antics” were that Ashley couldn’t take of Pete’s: He pestered her to sober up and come home before dawn!
I dont know.. I think they both are partiers. I really thought they were connected.. I dont like either one of them but it was nice to see a young couple in love.
Edit.. @AngelMay.. I have always wondered the same thing.. It sure seems like it.
Hopefully she gets some extensions. That new hairdo looks like a female comb over.
@Ruby and samihami it’s great that your marraiges are going well but you can’t judge till you walk a mile in someones shoes. Neither one of you were a young married couple in Hollywood where the temptation is a hundredfold what it would be in anywheresville. Add that to ego, narcissism, possible adultery, and alcoholism and the fact that sometimes people just aren’t compatable and there you go.
I’ve never heard her “sing”…nor have my ears ever wanted to…but I can buy that she married too young, wants to go “sow her oats, aka party her face off” and that her dad’s pretty controlling. I’m kind of feeling sorry for Pete, but that’s as far as I’ll allow myself to care about either of them.
Her family is dysfunctional six ways from Sunday.
There have been quite a few reports over the last year or so, of her going drunkenly ballistic on any woman engaging Pete in conversation when they were out together.
Anorexics don’t eat enough to maintain hair growth; she appears to be losing hers.
I have to admit that I find people like Joe Simpson and Kris Jenner almost fascinating in their abilities to manipulate things for their own benefit. Look at both Jessica and Ashlee–neither are particularly talented or notable in any way, yet through Joe’s dogged manipulation, marketing, and used car salesman antics, he has managed to push both of his daughters into the limelight. In the process, he has created a “brand” that has made him stupid amounts of money. Think of all of the musicians, artists, and writers out there who are so genuinely talented but never make it professionally. Yet these two, with questionable to no talent, did make it.
The same could be said for Kris Jenner, who took a whole family full of talentless hacks and turned it into a brand that has made a fortune.
It looks like she has a problem with coke…not pepsi.
@GeekChic…While I totally agree with you about the Kardashian family, I have to disagree with your comment about the Simpson family. Ok, so maybe Ashlee isn’t the most talented girl in the world, but Jessica is a pretty good singer. At least both those girls actually DO something productive and creative. They are mostly known for their music (be it good or bad) and not for getting famous off of a sex tape. That counts for something right?
I got nothing, except to say (again) how much I love this hair on Ashlee. She has such petite features, and her long hair, especially when it was dark, overwhelmed them. She looks positively elfin now. And her chronic slumping seems less pronounced somehow. Who knows, maybe with Pete she felt she needed to slump to avoid towering over him.
I always got the creepazoid vibe off Papa Joe and wondered if there was something wrong. That would explain a lot about both women.
I, for one, am not the least bit surprised. I’ve said all along that she is a spoiled brat & this is just more evidence. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if it turned out that she got pregnant to keep her name in the tabs (& it sure worked, didn’t it?) I don’t for one second think that Pete is a saint, but Asslee is just WAY too much of a bitch & way too high maintenance for this ever to have lasted
@Mimi, you’re right that it’s better than simply a sex tape, and Jessica’s voice isn’t bad, but is her talent proportional to her level of fame? And what about Ashlee? The Simpsons aren’t as bad as the Kardashians, but still they are famous through the manipulative actions of their “managers” as opposed to their sheer talent.
Oooh, she got drunk once or twice. Let’s gather the villagers for a stoning! Sheesh.
Years ago I used to feel sorry for Ashley for being the less pretty sister. Now I feel the opposite! She looks so beautiful in that top photo! I don’t usually like short hair on women but she really pulls it off.
I think most of the time when you have a couple that still wants to party all the time you’re going to have problems. Eventually one will get bored of it and the other will thrive off of it.
A lot of couples end up not surviving.
But they sounded like they should’ve waited to get married anyway.
Im sure if you hyonotised the girls thier fathr probably molested them, he gives me the creeps
Don’t forget guys, they only really got married because she was pregnant! That is really not a good foundation for a lifelong commitment. Much less with this mess (Ashlee). CB, did you guys post the pics of her drunk/high at that tennis tournament? She looked very stoned/out of her mind. Could have just been alcohol but who drinks that much when they got a young kid at home, much less at a tennis game…Pete looked embarassed and though I’m sure both have some responsibility you can guess who’s at fault with her trying to throw him under the bus.
Teri, that’s pretty outrageous and there is no proof. Sure, there is co-dependency issues but I really believe that is mainly because of his investment in them $$$ and since he is one of those parents who wants to be their “friend” and not a parent which sadly a lot of people today are.