Ashlee Simpson and Travis Barker are hooking up

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This week’s Star Magazine has a quick blurb about Ashlee Simpson and Travis Barker hooking up now that Ashlee is single, having abruptly dumped her husband of nearly three years, Pete Wentz. For Ashlee’s sake I hope this isn’t true, but she’s no prize either:

After splitting from Pete Wentz, Ashlee Simpson, 26, is spending time with another tattooed rocker: Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, 35, who is Pete’s pal. Says an insider: “She’s keeping it quiet because she’s afraid Pete will be p*ssed.”

[From Star Magazine, print edition, March 14, 2011]

I could have sworn Travis Barker was in his 40s, but that’s just due to how rough he looks. Ashlee has horrible taste in men. Travis makes Pete Wentz seem like a decent choice for a husband.

Ashlee hasn’t tweeted much since she filed for divorce. She only only posted once in the past four weeks and and it was an obvious promotional tweet. Whatever is going on with her, I hope that she didn’t leave Pete for Travis Barker. Reports varied after Pete and Ashlee broke up, with some outlets claiming Ashlee wanted to be single and party and others saying that Pete was a pill addict who spent a lot of time away from home. Both of those accounts are probably true.

Last Fall, Ashlee confirmed that she’s working on a new album and plans to put out a fashion line. She should ask her sister Jessica to help her with that. Jessica might not be the brightest bulb, but she knows how to stick her name on stuff and make money.

Ashlee Simpson is shown on 11/2/10. Travis Barker is shown on 2/15/11. Credit:

Here’s Travis Barker at work on a music video (with The Game, Rick Ross and Swizz Beatz) on 2/19/11. Ashlee is shown out with Bronx on 2/25/11. credit: Fame





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  1. the original bellaluna says:

    EWW. Gross. (Sorry; no coffee despite having been up for going on 2 hours. But that is the first thought that entered my mind.)

  2. brin says:

    Sheesh, take a minute before you go from one druggy rocker to another.
    She sounds as needy as Jessica.

  3. Bite me says:

    Travis is successful, appears to be a good dad, so am sure papa Joe approves…

  4. Bill Hicks is God says:

    Why does this make sense to me? Because he looks like a cartoon and she sings like one? I don’t know, but this pairing doesn’t bother me.

  5. Marjalane says:

    Doesn’t this guy have a bizarre kind of co-dependent relationship with his freaky ex-wife, Shanna Something? One that involved a lot of police activity? Way to pick a great guy to be around your kid, Assley!

  6. JustBored says:

    Travis seems like a good guy, for a drummer he is not whoring around as much as expected. Plus he is very talented. Oh well, who knows. I kinda like Pete though…

  7. Isabel says:

    It’s a strangely obvious pairing. She sure can pick ’em.

  8. Rita says:

    It won’t last. There’s no place left to tatoo her name.

  9. devilgirl says:

    I like Travis Barker. Tattoos aside, he is a hands on father and was super good to that whore, Shana Moekler. I would think he is a step up from that Pete Wentz douche bag.

  10. t says:

    Is that a tattoo of his ex wife on his throat?

  11. the original bellaluna says:

    @ t – Yes. That would be a tattoo of Shanna. And I’m not sure, but I think he has her name tattooed somewhere as well.

  12. granos says:

    I don’t care for any of the parties involved, but Ashlee needs an interventiom. Either a trusted girlfriend or her mom or Dr Drew need to take her hand, say “honey, no” and remind her of her poor child. Unfortunately, if this is true, according to society’s rules/codes Ashlee is going to look like a loose woman for messing w/her husband’s friend&for all the rumors of drug use. Sad sad sad.

  13. albeli says:


  14. merry says:

    Eh. Never got Travis Barker’s appeal, and I usually like rockers. He’s just not sexy, attractive nor fascinating.
    Major downgrade: Pete seems like kind of a nice guy, definetly more sensitive than Barker.
    I think she’s possibly only hooking up with him to hurt Pete. How much do you bet she’s the one who told Star Magazine about this fling?

  15. Riley says:

    Bronx is a cutie but I wish they wouldn’t dress him in skinny jeans. Men, and young boys, in skinny jeans is just not a good look. About Travis Barker, every show and interview I have seen him makes me think that he is probably a very sweet, vulnerable guy but bat sh*t crazy. Not Charlie Sheen psychopath crazy, but needy, selfish, manipulative crazy. But like you rightly wrote, She is no prize either.

  16. Dani says:

    First off, not sure I would believe anything Star Mag says. But that aside, Travis always seemed like an ok guy and a good Dad. He did have a warped relationship with Shanna. Alot of back and forth and chick fights on her part over him. Ashley coming out of a divorce, needs to take a relationship break and get her priorities straight before jumping into another relationship. Especially since their are children on both their sides.

  17. Dolly Llama says:

    EWW. Thus is ubber GROSSNESS. What next? Avril Lavigne. Skinny attention sloars. :/

  18. Snazzy says:

    I must be the only one that finds this man incredibly hot :/

  19. Michael Kelly says:

    Do you think that “Pappa Joe” notices that his daughters are choosing polar opposites of him? Often girls who have great relationships with their father choose men who remind them (even a little) of their father’s good points (Nick Lahey.) But these two seem to choose men who are as different from their father as possible (short of dating a black guy.) I would not be surprised if soemday there was some allegation of sexual abuse in the Simpson household. I could be very wrong of course but there is somethng really “off” about these women.

  20. Ro says:

    Not even remotely surprising.

    But, really, couldn’t Ashlee do better? Aside from looking like she has anorexia, she really is pretty. And she at least hasn’t done anything insane to stay in the spotlight.

  21. trvlbug529 says:

    At some point and time, Shanna will tear Ashlee’s hair out.
    Should be entertaining to watch.

  22. fancyamazon says:

    What always gets me about the pictures of celebrities shopping is that they always have someone to push/pull/carry/load and probably put away as well. This isn’t a complaint, really. If I had the money/lifestyle that they do I would have help as well. I hate putting groceries away. For me it just illustrates how far removed their perceptions of “average” is. They do not have to deal with potholes in the parking lot while pushing a stroller AND a grocery cart, or watching the child while putting groceries in the trunk/taking them into the house.

  23. malachais says:

    fancyamazon, that’s EXACTLY what I was thinking. trvlbug529, I can definitely see a dumb twitter war brewing with Shanna over this.

  24. Sarah says:

    Travis and Ashlee make a cute ass couple. Go T. Barker!!!!!!!!

  25. SHump says:

    @granos: Ashlee is annoying and everything, but I certainly wouldn’t wish that HACK Dr. Drew on her. That’s just cruel.

  26. Tika says:

    I love love love love love love him. I would smash anyday

  27. Bailey says:

    triple Ewwwww!

  28. Anti-icon says:

    IF this is true; it makes strange sense to me. They’re both kinda messed up in their own ways… of those “it’s crazy but it just might work” pairings. (Oh, the romantic in me. LOL)

  29. Leticia says:

    @Rita, funny!

    I’d be too afraid of the crazy ex-wife to get involved with this human tattoo.

  30. Fuzzy Cat says:

    I think they make a nice couple.

  31. Really says:

    I feel bad for that assistant having to push two carts in the last photo. Why not put Bronx in the shopping cart and help out Ashley?

  32. EdithP says:

    Oh, Shannon isn’t going to like this ONE BIT!

  33. Bodhi says:

    Co-sign the bit about dressing Bronx in skinny jeans. What a stupid idea! Do they make the butt extra big to accommodate his diaper? I certainly hope that they unsnap for easy access during changing, but inner thigh snaps on pants that tight must hurt his pudgy little baby legs. Stupid fashion…

    Anyway… Travis is too good for Asslee. Pete is a good guy & a great dad & she is a total moron for dumping him. And tossing out the pill addict rumors to make him look bad? A total bush league move, straight from Pimpa Joe I bet.

    I can’t wait for Shanna to go on the attack! She is always good for some batshit crazy drama! W00t!

  34. gg says:

    Gross-gross-gross! Hook up with that and you get psycho ex drama. Not to mention having to look into her face anytime you look at him.

    blecccchhhh …

  35. sickofit says:

    @rita: bwahahahaha
    and sorry, but bad brains on his tshirt? less brains would be more accurate, if hes really with that twat simpson. he def seems to have a type as well…

  36. Bodhi says:

    Also… getting your SO’s face or name tattooed on your person is a TERRIBLE idea. I love tattoos & have more than a few & so does my husband, whom I love more than anyone else on the planet. But neither one of us would ever get the other’s name or picture permanently inked on our bodies. And we’d both be pissed if the other one did. Its a jinx at best & a curse at worst!

  37. I’m usually all about druggy, tattooed rocker-types (with an accent? Yes please!), but I’ve never found Barker attractive. Probably because my druggy, tattooed, wanna-be-rocker douchebag of an ex always had a boycrush on Barker. Douchebag Transference Theorem.

  38. Cha Cha Loca says:

    She obviously does not pick men for their looks.

    Off topic, I gained a whole new respect for crazy ass Shauna when pushed Paris Hilton down some stairs at a club for trying to put the moves on Travis.

  39. Tika says:

    Hit that shit Travis!!!!

  40. Johnny Depp's Girl says:

    Just no.. Travis??? He’s not hot and he has issues. Real issues.

  41. Bodhi says:

    LOL@ MissyAggravation! Me too… Le sigh… 😀

  42. Kelli says:

    love travis barker! but i’m kind of biased here because i’ll love the crap out of blink-182 forever. regardless, i always wish new couples the best of luck!

  43. Maritza says:

    What’s the matter with women, would it kill her to stay alone for awhile?, jeesh! First Cristina, now Ashley… when will they understand that their happiness does not rely on having a man by their side. They need to get their act together first.

  44. benny says:

    After her plastic surgery and starving herself, she looks even creepier than he does. There are very few women I could say that about.

  45. Jaye E says:

    Countdown to Shanna Moekler pitching a hissy in 5…4…3

  46. ctkat1 says:

    Jessica is the talented Simpson sister- she was a cheesy pop singer, but she has a good voice, she’s legitimately very pretty, and her fashion line is great.

    Ashlee does not have any real acting or singing talent, as evidenced by the fact that the only thing she is famous for these days is 1) being Jessica Simpson’s sister, and 2) divorcing/being married to Pete Wentz.

    Unless she hooks up with another famous (and I’m using “famous” loosely) guy, she’ll fade into permanent F List status.

  47. cara says:

    No….I heard on another blog, a direct “tweet” from shanna m. who said, “he sleeps with me, in my bed every night.” and this was like last week in response to him hooking up w/Rihanna.

    this is just propaganda.

    ***and I hope no one’s calling him a “druggie” because he likes the Kush….cause let’s look in your medicine cabinet…….synthetics ARE drugs….herb is herb.

  48. truthzbetta says:

    UGH, EW. X#@? and Blech.

  49. original kate says:

    let’s hope if this is true that ashlee mc comb-over has a decent supply of antibiotics on hand.

  50. kmn says:

    An ashlee/shanna throwdown would be kind of awesome though

  51. guesty says:

    She certainly has a type.

  52. says:

    You know how to tell someone’s a scumbag? They do not help the person pushing their TWO shopping carts of food. Seriously, I do not think I know one person who would see someone trying to do that and not help out-she must be the rudest person ever! Good God, put your son in one and help that poor girl!!!!!

  53. Zelda says:

    Just the title of this post made me think of people who smell like alcohol, sweat, and shame in the morning.

  54. MorticiansDoItDeader says:

    @bodhi, whenever anyone sees my name tattooed on my hubby we always hear about “the relationship curse.” However, I’ve been with him 14 years (married 6) and have given him 1 (soon to be 2) beautiful sons. If, for whatever reason, it didn’t work out I’d carry with me the smug satisfaction that whoever he moved on with would have to see my name above the words “my girl, my wife, my life.” he he.

  55. Lucky Charm says:

    In a strange way, I think they actually do make sense together. And I can’t wait to see what Shanna has to say/do about this…

  56. Debsa says:

    Please NO new music, haven’t we all suffered enough.

  57. Karen says:

    I did a slow wall slide after reading the headline!! I used to think Travis Barker was the most unattractive man on the face of the Earth because of his long skinny neck and his “nope, I’m not gonna smile for you” expression. But I felt a stirring in my loins when I tried to *not* watch his reality show with Shanna. Then when he was injured in the plane crash, I fell in love.

    My slow wall slide was at the image of him actually associating with Ashlee. Ugh…just no! It would be a major upgrade for her and a downgrade for him. Besides, Shanna would cut that bitch up for spreading that rumour about a relationship. I don’t buy it…but would to see some Shanna drama!!

  58. Rosanna says:

    I mean Travis can’t possibly be better than Pete!

  59. John Wayne Lives says:

    Meh, I doubt it. Maybe he hit it, but a relationship? I kinda don’t see it. He’s been through to much drama to do more than play.

    @ Cha Cha Loca. I know right! Lol! Any person who puts Paris H. in her place (ie. the bottom of the stairs) earns some respect lol.

  60. John Wayne Lives says:

    Oh, wait. The title said “hooking up” . Eww. She’s gross.

  61. JenJen says:

    Great job with your girls, Joe!

  62. Newbie says:

    I thought that was a tattoo of Marilyn Monroe?

  63. Ilovemee says:

    Travis is just a rebound. Pete was sexy. Too bad they didn’t work out, I really liked them as a couple.

  64. judyjudy says:

    She’s so dumb.

  65. crtb says:

    Her marriage just ended. She needs to take some time off and regroup before jumping into another relationship. And isn’t he supposed to be dating Rhianna?

  66. alf says:

    This is totally wrong to get involved with her ex-husband’s friend. If Ashlee is going to rebound, do it with anyone but Pete’s friends.

  67. jlo1982 says:

    i’d take travis over pete ANY day

  68. Baby tina says:

    EWWWWWWWW.Gross!Ashlee is so stupid,but i feel sorry for her.If travis barker is the best you can do compared to someone single like anyone in LA.That is really pathetic girl.You could do so much better than that peice of crap.I think you will get some std from him.I think your stupid for getting with a nasty person.Talk about how low you can go.This explains how stupid you are.Since after all you lip sing live.I think also your a better dancer than singer.I saw her live as a backup dancer for jessica.She looked like she was having problems remembering the moves.Dizz,now i know why he likes her.Any blonde dizz would hookup to with a loser.Wow,ashlee you know how to pick them.That’s so pathetic.

  69. Baby tina says:

    i saw barker with blink 182 that fool does crack cocaine.He snorts it through a straw up his nose.Mark told me he abuses cocaine.Barker told me it was baby powder.Baby powder my ass.Gee,i didn’t know baby powder is for allergies too.HAHA.Crack head,I’ll say give him a few more years then he’ll die like DJAM,from a drug overdose.That moron will be lying in a coffin soon too.Wow,is ashlee on something too,she must be to pick that loser.