Papa Joe Simpson was a “sugar daddy” to his 21-year-old gay hustler lover

Ever since I wrote about Papa Joe Simpson and his young lover (alleged!) Bryce Chandler Hill on Sunday, I haven’t wanted to do any updates on the story just because the whole thing is really very skeevy and gross. It’s not because it’s a gay scandal – it would still be extremely skeevy and gross if this situation were about a 50-something, married former-preacher who was having an affair with a 21-year-old female hustler. Anyway, let’s get to the new additions on the story. First of all, Papa Joe has stepped out a few times over the past several days, and THIS IS WHAT HE LOOKS LIKE. Is that the styling of a late-in-life gay man with a 21-year-old hustler lover? Yes, it is. Radar says that in the wake of Papa Joe’s (alleged!) gay scandal, he is no longer golfing with an assortment of boy-toys, like he usually does. This past Saturday, Papa Joe chose to play golf with some older men. Probably not his boy-toys.

Radar also had a story about how Joe’s wife Tina found about Bryce Chandler Hill (and possibly other boys too). Radar says Tina found “modeling shots” of Bryce around the house she shared with Joe, and she noticed that some of the shots were taken inside the house! When Tina figured it out, she “brutally” confronted Joe in a hotel lobby. A source says:

“Joe got busted after Tina found some modeling pictures of Bryce in her home. They were taken in and around the house and she was suspicious because she didn’t have a clue who the boy was. Joe and Tina’s marriage was in trouble and they had a make or break vacation booked in Hawaii, so she didn’t ask Joe any questions at that point. However, when they returned to Los Angeles Joe bizarrely got on a plane to New York, just six hours after they had landed in California. She thought it was suspicious, but she still didn’t suspect anything. Tina thought he was just going there for a business meeting,” the insider said.

“Tina sent Joe, who was back in New York, a text message asking if he had anything to tell her. She quizzed him about Bryce but he denied knowing the kid,” the insider said. “Tina wanted answers. She flew to New York to make an unannounced visit to Joe. When she got there, she called him down to the lobby and they thrashed it out. It was there and then that Joe confessed he was having a gay affair with Bryce, who had left the hotel just days earlier, and Tina demanded a divorce.”

[Via Radar]

Sad for Tina, right? I still remember Tina from Jessica and Nick Lachey’s MTV show – Tina seemed like a good mom who loved her sweet, big-boobed, dumb daughter. Do you think Tina is ballsy enough to confront her (gay) philandering husband in the lobby of a hotel? Sure! Why not? And that’s not the end of it – Radar has a new story claiming that Papa Joe was totally Bryce’s sugar-daddy. Because of course.

Joe Simpson was Bryce Chandler Hill’s sugar daddy, is exclusively reporting. After uncovering her soon-to-be ex-husband’s affair with the 21-year-old aspiring model, Tina Simpson, 52, spoke with their shared business manager, David Levin to see what transactions Joe had made over a 12-month period.

After she discovered that Joe, 54, had been freely spending thousands of dollars on designer clothing, high-end hotels and concerts, Tina confronted Joe and he confessed that he had been lavishing Bryce with gifts secretly for more than a year. Worse still, the money spent was from Joe and Tina’s joint account!

“Soon after Joe confessed that he was having an affair with Bryce, Tina wanted to retrace his steps,” a source close to the family told “She asked David, who looks after their business ventures and their joint account, to look at what transactions Joe had made. Over a 12-month period, Tina saw that Joe was splashing thousands of dollars in designer stores in New York and Los Angeles, staying in luxury hotels and buying tickets for concerts. They were secret purchases he had made without telling Tina!

“What was worse, the money that Joe had freely spent on Bryce was from a mutual account he shared with Tina. She was livid, so asked him what he spent it on and he admitted he was gifting Bryce. But Joe wasn’t finished. He later withdrew $1.5 million from that account after confessing his sins and claimed it was for investments. Tina’s not sure what to believe anymore.”

[From Radar]

Once you get past the initial shock and slow, dawning realization of something that makes perfect sense – i.e., Joe Simpson is totes gay (allegedly!) – everything that stems from that shock and realization is completely believable. You know what I’m saying? Once you establish in your mind that Papa Joe was living a lie, everything else makes sense and everything else falls into place. Of course. That’s why he loves talking about boobs. That’s why he gave up religion for showbiz. That’s why he seems creepily involved with his daughter’s love life. And that’s why he spends so much time with very young-looking gay grifters. That’s why he’s been embezzling money. And on and on. Nothing else is shocking here.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Amy625 says:

    I don’t know why but for some reason I’m not 100% believing Joe is gay. Although the photos of him the last few days should make anybody a believer. It all seems too convienent and sleazy the way the tabloids are reporting the story.

    • Erinn says:

      See… I think he is. It’s weird. Nobody has come out and denied it, and it’s all over the internet. And since the news came out he’s had a major wardrobe change.

    • Jayna says:

      His daughters have not come out bashing the story as far as I know. That says it all.

    • judyjudy says:

      I have my doubts, too. I WANT to believe it but for some reason I’m not totally buying it. Even with all the reports when I look at his pictures I don’t see gay, I only see creepy old Dad who looks at boobs.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      I thought he was gay the very first time I saw him, which was on Nick & Jess’s Newlyweds show. I’m just surprised he kept it secret for this long.

      I don’t mean to stereotype but the last pic….? I mean come on-the diamond earrings, the tight striped shirt with the white blazer over it, the heavily-styled hairdo? Granted I don’t live in LA, but the *average dad* doesn’t dress like this out here. In fact, no dad I know dresses like this, but many male couples that live in the South End of Boston sport this very same style.

      I feel for his wife-that must be really hard to accept that not only was he cheating, but he’s also just not into her at all. Eek.

    • thyphoid mary says:

      Darn! At first i thought the gay rumors were a PR tactic to keep Jessica on the spotlight by diverting attention from her sloooooow weight loss through a fabricated story of gay allegations about her father. But those pictures of Joe ‘s make over are just too much for the gay rumor to be false and nobody really denying it at all. It’s like confirmation through their silence while trying to come to terms with it. But, like Toby mac and his son sang it in “loud and clear”: “love the player, hate the game”… it’s gonna be a rough transition for their family.. 0_o

    • babyboy says:

      you’re right, he’s not gay, it’s called bisexuality

      • gg says:

        Considering the way this has played out, seems like bi to me too. But he sure is playing out the gay douchebag thing right now. euch. The diamond earring though – what a tool. He think this is 1985 or something???

  2. Hautie says:

    What ever is going on… you never ever take your jump off to your home.

    Much less take glamor shots of them posing in the home. Then leave those pictures out, to be found.

    So to me, it looks like Joe wanted to be outed.

    And was too much of a chickensh*t to do it before he humiliated his wife.

    I hope Tina hires her self a brilliant divorce attorney. And gets back that 1.5 million that Joe boosted out of the joint account.

    But lets be real. He most likely has another account set up with more money in it. That Tina was never aware of. Because jump off’s do not come cheap.

    I am wondering how long before Jessica relieves Joe of his paid duties, as her manager. And the audit starts, to see were all her cash is at.

    • Miss Kiki says:

      Hautie you nailed it. If this is all true, leaving the photos at the house suggests to me that he totally wanted to get caught.

      If this isn’t the first guy and he’s been careful for the last how many years, why would he suddenly get careless now? Something as ridiculous as leaving the photo’s of his twink around the house.? I’m not picking up what he’s putting down, it just screams ‘coward’s way out’

      • the original bellaluna says:

        You’d be surprised how passive-aggressive some cheating married b@stards can be about “accidentally” leaving incriminating stuff around the house.

        And then you have your blatant, just-don’t-give-a-f*cks, too-lazy-to-be-bothereds, who pay for stuff out of joint accounts or with joint credit cards, use “family plan” cells for their calls/texts, and leave their receipts in their pockets or lumped in with “paid” family bills.

    • SusieQ2 says:

      Yup, that’s exactly what I thought – he wanted out of the marriage and was too chicken to be the one to pull the plug.

      And I agree with Kaiser, I would feel the same way if he was a guy cheating with a 21 year old female.

      How he could treat his wife this way is despicable and unforgivable.

      I hope she takes him to the cleaners in the divorce.

    • thyphoid mary says:

      Oh, Hautie, you’d be surprised! Common sense ain ‘t that common anymore.

    • G says:

      Isn’t it a pretty big leap to go from gay to embezzler?

      • the original bellaluna says:

        Not once he took that $1.5 M out of their joint account. Not to mention all the money he spent on his twink prior to that!

      • deehunny says:

        lol I was thinking the same thing, G. It’s not embezzlement when it is YOUR account, joint or not.

  3. RuddyZooKeeper says:

    Ugh, this will not end well.

    And what the hell kind of shoes is he wearing in those photos from a couple of days ago? Whoa splash o’ yellow!

  4. Bellatrix says:

    Well… this has the potential to shed a whole new set of rumour lights on the Jessica S. – Ken Paves fallout.

    • Renee says:

      OMG!!!!! – you could be SO right!!!!

    • DreamyK says:

      Oooohhhhh! Interesting!

      I can’t imagine how completely weird it would be to be married to a person who had led a double life be that gay/addict/bigamy/whatever. It would really make a person question their life and if they, too, were living a lie. 🙁

  5. Zelda says:

    “she was suspicious, but she still didn’t suspect anything.”

    Way to English, source.

  6. justalark says:

    Although many people will say “good for him, he’s finally being true to himself,” this story leaves me shaking my head in disgust.

    I don’t care if he is gay, but the jerk deceived his wife (of 30+ years!) and two daughters while living a secret life with an aspiring male model younger than his adult children. If Joe had once ounce of class (or respect for his long term partner), he would have outed himself to his wife when he first started questioning his sexuality. She will never get back the “lost years” when she was living the lie that Joe perpetuated. Poor Tina–my heart goes out to her.

    And the fact that he chose a “pretty boy” so much younger than he is speaks volumes about Joe Simpson’s character and priorities…

    • epiphany says:

      Exactly. It doesn’t matter if he’s “found himself” – he’s a married man and he’s commiting adultery; that he’s doing it with a guy makes no difference. He should have told his wife, obtained a divorce, THEN found a male partner.

    • Lin234 says:

      I don’t believe for a second his wife knew. He hasn’t been a pastor for a long time. There would be no reason for Tina to stay married to a gay man for so long.

      My disgust at this story also has nothing to do with him coming out but wasting so many decades of his wife’s life. I can’t even imagine spending decades with a man and raising two daughters with him only to have him invalidate the entire marriage by coming out. That’s the ultimate betrayal.

      As for Jess and Ashley… Can you imagine having your father come out of the closet AND having your father’s boy toy be younger than you? For the love of God, Jess is 30. Can you imagine the headlines if she dated a 21 yr old?

      • Mela says:

        I think him being secretly gay is even worse than him having a hetero affair because its widely known that gay men are at a higher risk for hiv and aids. How could he knowingly put Tina at risk too? How selfish!!

      • Veruca says:

        This happened to a friend of mine. Married 20+ years, 3 kids, and everyone thought they had the ‘perfect’ life. When it all came to light (in a similar fashion as Joe), the hubs blamed my friend for ‘not being sexy enough to keep him straight’. For real. It’s done wonders for her esteem.

        As soon as he was out, he went through the stereotypical gay makeover (took it to the tasteless extreme)– kind of like Joe here.

        I never understood why he didn’t just tell her when he couldn’t fight the feelings anymore. They could’ve salvaged something of a relationship. It’s also put the kids in a tricky spot, too.

        Joe’s a selfish pig — whether he cheated with a guy or a girl. If you want out, get out. Don’t sabotage your family — and f*ck their trust for you — in the process.

    • BlackMamba says:

      Agreed. I just can’t get past the deception. Like you and others have said Tina lost more than 30 years of her life because of him, the best years if you asked me and I think it’s heartbreaking for her. She could have found a real partner during all this time that he’s been pretending.
      As for Joe’s new look, I was looking at the pictures in the mail the other day and I vomited several time. GROSS.

  7. Korel says:

    Something tells me the wife knew, just turned the other way. She wouldn’t be the first preacher wife to do so.

    • Bluedog says:

      There is nothing in this story that indicates that. Nothing at all, so that’s an enormous assumption you’re making.

      • Korel says:

        Did I mention that it is a fact? Yes, it’s called an assumption, that’s why I started with “something tells me”. Get over it

  8. Zorbitor says:

    This news about Grampa has devastated Homer and Bart!

  9. mln76 says:

    Not fair to judge him for repressing his nature for 30 years in an extremely homophobic environment,totally fair to judge him for disrespecting his wife in having his jump-off in his home.

    • Erinn says:

      Exactly. I feel bad that he’s had to repress that… but the fact that he cheated on his wife, and brought the guy to his home… it’s just beyond disrespectful. It’s a sad story for everyone involved.

      • epiphany says:

        Repression is one thing, adultery is another. There’s no excuse for that, I don’t care how repressed he is. He should have remained faithful, told his wife as soon as he realized his true nature, finalized the divorce, then he could do whatever he wanted. And I would say the same thing if his jumpoff were a 21 year old girl.

      • mln76 says:

        But its not the same thing…he believed he had to change his nature and that causes compulsive behavior. There is a reason so many ultra-right wing repressed homosexuals get caught in embarrassing situations. The act of lying about your basic sexual nature creates the recklessness. I still hold my belief that the biggest villain is the the homophobic culture of the time that made people believe it was a choice and that the best thing to do was to marry and live a hetero life. This wasn’t just church and conservative circles but the psychiatric community as well.

      • Erinn says:


        Exactly… I’m not sure if you were thinking you were arguing something… came off as a bit argumentative. But That’s what MLN and I are saying as well. 🙂 I have no patience for adultery.

  10. Scarlett says:

    Am I the only one who is not in the least surprised that this guy was on the down low? I always got a gay vibe from him even back in the Newlyweds Days. I always felt he was nonchalant about talking about Jessica’s DD’s like he was decribing the features of his star product which is basically the way he marketed her. He always seemed to have a cold, business like relationship with his wife and always dressed like he was a gay record producer. So the fact that he has a 21-year old boytoy who BTW is the splitting image of Sachen Baron Cohens’ “Bruno” doesn’t surprise me in the least. Personally, I think he is going through a mid-life crisis and wanted to be outed. Surprised his wife never suspected anything at all..that to me is the real shocker in this mess.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      Me too. Said something similar upthread. I thought it was REALLY obvious which was why I never got that creeped out about his “boob comment” towards Jess. Yeah it was inappropriate, but I never got the creepy molester vibe from him because I always thought he was on the DL.

    • BlackMamba says:

      Yes he is Bruno’s twin! I was trying to put my finger on it, thanks 🙂 and also I always got the gay vibe from Joe as well.

      • Scarlett says:

        I know the first thing I thought when I saw the boytoy was “Bruno”. I thought it was a joke…lol.

  11. Scarlett says:

    It really is a sad story of morals… which he obviously tried to push with the whole Jessica remaining a virgin until marriage image and his religious background as a youth pastor….gone awry and greed. It’s just sad for everyone involved if it is true.

    • the original bellaluna says:

      Kind of causes a “Huh, NOW it makes sense” thought, about how nonchalant he became regarding her dating/sex life after her divorce though, doesn’t it?

  12. serena says:

    I feel for Tina.. gay-matter aside, a cheating is a cheating. He invited him in their house and spent their money on him..? Disgusting, I would have smacked the hell out of him.

    • Cazzie says:

      I feel so bad for her – that story about her finding the pictures and flying to NY to confront her husband is just awful. How humiliating for her. She must have felt desperate to do something like that just to find out the truth.

      She needs to get a forensic accountant and find out what has REALLY been happening with the family money for last few years…or longer. Who even knows?

      Luckily CA is a community property state, so as long as she can prove that he was diverting marital/family resources to his side piece then she can get that money back during the settlement. (My best friend is a divorce lawyer, so I hear the stories). If he has been spending serious money on the side he might not end up with much after the divorce, particularly if he gets fired as his daughters’ manager.

      Also – what a pig. If you start to realize that you might be gay, you tell your opposite-sex spouse and take a break from the marriage. Or if you know that you are gay, you tell your spouse and divorce them…and then start dating. Bringing the side boyfriend into their home (and yeah, probably their marriage bed) is inexcusable.

      It is so, so utterly cruel to use another human being as an unwitting ‘beard’.

      It is just so selfish and cruel.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Yay! Finally people with some sense.

        After the scarlet letter we branded a certain young HWood starlet with for cheating, I have no idea why this guy would garner so much sympathy.

        He lied to and deceived his wife & family for 34 years!! Sorry but I’m not giving him a free pass just because he’s a repressed homosexual. It doesn’t negate the fact that Tina and his daughters are the victims here.

      • the original bellaluna says:

        Cazzie – My ex did that to me (not the gay part): brought his jump-off into our home while I was at work; had sex with her in our bed (kids asleep down the hall – KLASSY!) AFTER we’d separated, but my new place wasn’t ready yet; went out on “dates” with her prior to my moving out.

        It’s been over 15 years, and because of that blatant disrespect, I manage to be civil to them both. However, since both of our kids are adults, I don’t speak with him unless there’s an emergency.

        OKitt – How are you faring? Heard from Mort?

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Hi Obels 🙂
        Your ex sounds like an ass.

        Yes Mort and Chatcat are both safe and well, thank goodness!

  13. Eleonor says:

    He looks like that??? That’s an hell of a midlife crisis!!!
    For the record: I have to give him credit for coming out of the closet facing the truth, and embracing his life; it takes a certain gut at his age.

    • fabgrrl says:

      But he didn’t “come out of the closet” – he was dragged out. He was hiding things, which is what you do with a closet. If he had told his family about his sexuality on his own, then he would have been coming out.

    • Kiyoshigirl says:

      As Fab said, this guy didn’t do anything that takes “guts’. In fact he did the opposite. He hid his true self from his wife and children. He slithered around like a snake and then brought his boy toy into the marital home. If that’s the type of “guts” you’re applauding then I’m glad I don’t have any.

  14. Cathy says:

    His boytoy will be gone in the wind when papa joe gets taken to the cleaners in the divorce, and doesn’t have the money to lavish expensive gifts and crap on him.

  15. BooBooLaRue says:

    Don’t give a fishes tit if he is gay, or deceived his wife, but his wardrobe change makes me cringe.

  16. Grace says:

    I think this guy is trysexual. He’ll try sex with anyone who makes him feel important, male or female.

    And that boy would still look just like Jessica if he were in drag.

    There will be a lot more coming out with this one.

  17. Happy21 says:

    I find it all kind of sad. It would be hard enough to find out your father was gay after being married to your mother for over 30 years and that he had affairs with a multitude of young men BUT to have it played out in front of the whole world? That is going to be tough on all of them.

    I believe the story (not necessarily every aspect) because of the simple fact that no statement has been made by any part of the Simpson family since this all came to light.

  18. Ana says:

    Well if you saw the pics of his new look on E! you can totally say he’s out (or coming out) of the closet and embracing his true self!

  19. Zelda says:

    “she was suspicious, but she still didn’t suspect anything.”

    Way to English, source.

    Also– I question the gayest of anyone who did not think this man was in the closet the first time they saw him on tv

  20. Zelda says:

    “she was suspicious, but she still didn’t suspect anything.”

    Way to English, source.

    Also– I question the gaydar of anyone who did not think this man was in the closet the first time they saw him on tv.

  21. G says:

    while I agree with uch of wht’s being said here with respect to cheating and family pain, I’m getting a bit tired of ROL trying to make this
    scandal “happpen” in the media.

    It seems like a personal tradgedy and really I don’t think most of the pupblic cares, so I wish they would just let this family heal in peace.

  22. the original bellaluna says:

    I’m sure Jessica (and Ashlee, too) are THRILLED to learn how their father has been spending THEIR money!! I hope they both fire him. I don’t care if that’s mean.

    He’s deceived his wife for 34 years and his daughters for ALL THEIR LIVES. That kind of thing is hard for a child, no matter their age, to get beyond.

    I seriously hope Jessica and Ashlee don’t spin out of control over this news. Jessica is in a steady relationship, and has her own family to focus on; but Ashlee…she’s had her own issues (partying, eating disorder, divorce) prior to this, and she’s still in a relationship (I think) and is a single mother.

    Yes, I know we make fun of them, but no kid deserves this. Especially publicly, knowing THEIR careers & money helped re-locate the fam from TX to CA and paid for their father’s secondary lifestyle. I’d also be SHOCKED if there aren’t some severe repercussions for PJ’s hypocrisy (Jess must stay a virgin until married; telling whatshisface “You WILL marry her” upon finding out Ashlee was pregnant).

    • Kimlee says:

      They both have been seen since this story came out and both seem fine.

    • pam says:

      They’re not kids and they’ve been through scandals of their own. I’m guessing the girls will go back to being the self- centered, high maintenance b*tches they were raised to be soon enough. Joe is probably wishing Jessica would just hurry up and lose another 20 pounds so he can sell her wedding photos to PEOPLE and get his name out of the news.

  23. Jill says:

    “She thought it was suspicious, but she still didn’t suspect anything.”

    Good God, a journalist wrote that sentence? Radar sure has an amazing writing staff.

    Sorry, that was bitchy, but damn.

  24. Jackson says:

    Holy. Hell. A bombshell story that looks to be absolutely true. And ITA with all the previous posts about deceiving his wife for so long. I really feel for her. I hope she gets back that $1.5 mill and finds herself a nice HONEST dude.

  25. Tiffany says:

    The way they wrote this up is horrible. ‘Gay affair’, really Radar, putting that word before affair not make it any less scandelous. A person was deceived and a family shattered in a very way. *slams head to table*

  26. pam says:

    It’s not embezzling if the money was in your joint account. It’s called spending a sh*tload of dough with out asking the wifey. Not illegal. Not a crime. Just stupid.

    • the original bellaluna says:

      If it was done after the date of filing for legal separation or divorce, it was. It’s generally recognised by the court (and/or at least one party’s attorney requests) that assets from the date of separation forward are to be considered separate, and joint funds may not be accessed until AFTER an agreement between both parties is made OR until a judge’s ruling as to what percentages belong to whom. (Barring matters of support, etc…)

      (At least, in CA, where considerable funds are in question. Legal eagles, help me out if I’m wrong.)

      • pam says:

        Well I’m not a lawyer, but I am a banker and unless there is a court order restricting the account, any owner of a joint account is entitled to withdraw part or all of the funds. And since he was able to make a withdrawal, I’m guessing no order was given. The amount will be deducted from the financial settlement portion of their divorce unless Joe Simpson can prove that he or Tina regularly took large sums of money from their accounts without consulting each other. I doubt he will be able to do that.

  27. Amanda says:

    Am I the only person who could care less about this “scandal”.