Tina Simpson considered murder-suicide when she discovered Joe’s infidelity

At the end of the day, when all things are said and done, it really does seem like Papa Joe Simpson was living a lie for most of his life and at some point in late 2011-early 2012, he took a young 21-year-old man as his lover. The man was named Bryce Chandler Hill, and the details of Bryce and Joe’s affair became public last fall, when it seemed like Bryce was being particularly indiscreet. To be fair to Bryce, Papa Joe seemed tired of living a lie too, and he seemed to WANT his wife to find evidence of his gay love affair. And Tina Simpson did find the evidence, and she allegedly confronted Joe about it and some other stuff happened and now they’re doing a fast and dirty divorce. But what happened before Tina filed for divorce? What happened when Tina first found out that her husband, a former Baptist preacher who fathered their two daughters, had taken up with a young gay hustler? Well, according to Radar it was NOT pretty. At all.

Tina Simpson wrote a secret suicide note soon after finding out that her ex-husband Joe Simpson was having a gay affair, RadarOnline.com is reporting exclusively.

Shortly before traveling to New York to confront Joe, 52, about his tryst with 21-year-old model Bryce Chandler Hill in August 2012, Tina scrawled a cry-for-help letter threatening to shoot herself after she discovered her husband’s homosexual tendencies, a source close to the situation tells Radar exclusively.

In the note, Tina, 53, also said she wanted to shoot Joe, her husband of 35 years, for cheating on her, a family insider reveals. Tina left the note in the Encino home she shared with Joe and he found it! Joe immediately handed it to his lawyers who were handling his divorce proceedings.

“Tina was so distraught when she found out about Joe’s secret gay affair, she immediately wrote a suicide note,” a source close to the Simpson family tells Radar. “It was fairly detailed and she said she wanted to shoot herself for what Joe had done to their 35-year marriage. Worse still, Tina wanted to shoot Joe as well. She was just so angry with him.

“But, instead of killing herself, Tina headed straight to a New York hotel to confront Joe about Bryce Chandler Hill. However, when Joe returned to the Encino home in Los Angeles they shared, he found the note, made a copy and gave it to his divorce lawyer as a bargaining tool for the settlement.”

Tina eventually offered Joe half of the family fortune. As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Tina offered Joe the financial settlement because he wanted to put an end to their divorce battle quickly.

“An offer of a 50 percent split of everything under the Simpson name has been offered to Joe,” a source close to the family told Radar. “That includes the coveted Jessica Simpson Collection, which Joe desperately wanted because that’s the real cash cow.”

[From Radar]

While I don’t want to minimize the awfulness of the threat or create some kind of double-standard for violence against philandering husbands, I can understand how Tina would be that raw, that devastated, that angry, that violent. The betrayal was awful and it came it in waves. Joe was cheating. He was cheating on her with a man. He was cheating on her with a really young man. A really young man who was a hustler using Joe as a sugar daddy. Joe was raiding their finances to support his young lover. Wouldn’t you need to vent and at least let your mind wander to the worst case scenario? I’m a big believer in “it’s not against the law to fantasize about committing a horrible a crime.” There are no thought police! So in that sense, I think it’s kind of unfair that Joe used Tina’s note as a tool, a bargaining chip in their divorce. Still, we don’t really know if this is exactly what went down.

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  1. Maria says:

    No ass if ever worth taking my life.

    I refuse to pass judgment though because that was a brief feeling for Tina, if true, and she didn’t do it. When you’re hurt, especially after a three decade marriage unraveling based on lie, I get it.

    I’m sure my full blown crazy would’ve came out even if brief; Joe comes off as a douche, not for being gay mind you, but for taking that moment and using it to cash in.

    • lin234 says:

      Yea, no judgement. I can’t imagine the pain of spending decades with a husband only to find out your marriage was one big lie.

    • Annie says:

      They say that when you’re suicidal you’re not 100% sane at the moment because human beings are wired to fight to stay alive thanks to evolution, no matter what. You react to save your life in any situation. So people should never judge those who are in the state of mind of ending their lives. It just goes completely the opposite way of our natural instincts to stay alive. Takes a lot to do that. Poor Tina. Joe is a scumbag.

    • Eleonor says:

      Agreed. I’ve seen my mum struggling with my father’s cheating after 27 years of marriage.
      There were moments when she was nearly out of her mind; it’s not like “he cheated let’s get divorce, and move on”. It’s more like “what the hell has he been lying me all this time?? Everything we’ve built together was fake??” and, probably, the worst “I’ve waisted my life with someone who never loved me??”
      I can’t judge on her.

      • Just Me says:

        Wasted her youth, some of the best years of her life. She got 2 beautiful kids out of it….but….I cannot even BEGIN to imagine.

    • DGO says:

      I’m not judging Tina but I am judging Joe for those tacky blue shoes. What was he thinking?

  2. Nanea says:

    What I don’t get in cases like this – why didn’t anyone notice that something was amiss? Neither Tina, nor Jessica, nor Ashley? Or any family friends, business associates?

    Joe always gave off creepy vibes and it’s been discussed on gossip sites ever since Newlyweds, when he addressed Jessica’s cup size etc.

    • Annie says:

      They probably did notice something. There’s always feelings or little things that you notice but you brush off.

      I really doubt this kid was his first gay affair. These closeted guys have experimented since they were young and probably have side pieces all the time.

      • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

        I can’t believe the media didn’t catch on to it! They were too obsessed with his statements about his daughters boobs to notice his side pieces.

      • Dubois says:

        This is so true. someone I know was married to his wife for 17 years. He was openly gay before he got with her but “changed”. He used to go on out of town business trips and hook up with men all the time. When their daughter left for college he left his wife for a much younger man. She was devastated. Oh, and the signs were there.

      • Msbock says:

        Oh, yeah, deep don inside, she knew. There’s no way that you could be married to a gay man for 20+ years and not even suspect. He set of my gaydar the first time I saw him, not only that, he truly does come off creepy as all get out. Poor lady, she should have gotten a 75/25 split on the assets, she earned it

  3. Katy says:

    I don’t understand how Jessica Simpson’s business factors into her parent’s divorce. Isn’t that her line and her money?

    • LAK says:

      She’s only a figurehead. Her parents are the real business brain behind the line. Think of it like those celebrity perfumes where coty is pulling in the real money but celebrities are lending their name to any one perfume AS IF they came up with it. It’s a more lucrative form of endorsement than straight forward endorsement of products, but don’t be fooled by all these PR articles about what business brains these celebrities are because majority are not. It’s the business people behind them who are. It’s just better business to put a well known face infront of the business. And cheaper than trying to put a product with unknown brand into the market.

      • bluhare says:

        Actually, it’s her mother. I read somewhere (I always read somewhere, don’t i?) that Joe and Tina agreed to split Jessica’s career where he would handle the entertainmnent, and Tina would handle the merchandising. Joe though he was where the money is. He was wrong. And now Tina’s giving him half of her half just to get him to go away.

      • karmasabiatch! says:


        How does this guy live with himself? He betrayed his wife, his marriage, his entire family – but hey, now. Lets be certain to send the suicide note to our attorney so we can cash OUT, yoo-hoo!! Ka-CHING.

        What a complete douche.

    • Hautie says:

      You know I was wondering about that too.

      I seem to recall, that somewhere back a few years ago, I had read that Tina has always been part of Jessica’s team for the clothes line.

      That it was a on going project for her and Jessica. That Tina had a lot of power over what happens with that part of Jessica’s business.

      Tina is just as involve with that clothes line as Jessica. But she has never been the parent, to get in your face about it. Unlike Joe.

      So I am assuming that Joe wants half of Tina’s interest. Not Jessica’s.

      Not that I put it past him to sue Jessica for part of her income too. At all.

      • bluhare says:

        You got it right. Egomaniacal Joe thought Jessica and Ashlee’s entertainment careers were where the money is. He was wrong.

        It’s Tina who’s made all the money.

  4. GoldenState says:

    Honestly, it’s hard for me to sympathize with Joe, or feel the need to know “the whole story.” I know, I know, he struggled with his sexuality and religious background, but come on! If he can rationalize being a lying cheat who stole from his family to carry on dalliances, then I think he could have rationalized divorce. Gross.

  5. Faye says:

    If this is true, Joe Simpson is a total bastard. Cheating on your wife with someone 30 years younger than you? Why couldn’t he divorce her first? And now he’s going to use a letter that she wrote and obviously didn’t mean against her? Disgusting.

    I could have some sympathy for him for feeling the need to hide his homosexuality (although he could have just divorced her, the cheating is bad), but using the letter against her, knowing she was in such a fragile mental state because he put her there? Well, here’s equality for you — it’s not just straight men who can be cheating, lying, horrible a**holes to their wives of many years.

    • GoldenState says:

      Right? So true! He is a gross human being.

      • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

        I hope that twink he’s banging bleeds him dry and leaves him out in the cold just like he did to his wife. Joe Simpson is a vile creature!

      • gg says:

        Me too, and he’s just dumb enough to allow it to happen.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I feel so bad for her. She must feel so horrible knowing this was going on for so long.

      I believe I read that a majority of heterosexual women who get HIV/AIDS, get it while in a relationship they THINK is monogamous but their man is cheating on them. I really hope that his cowardice doesn’t affect her health. A cheating partner does something far worse when they don’t use protection with their partner.

      • Cazzie says:

        Very, very true. This happened so often that they actually changed an aspect of health policy. This is why HIV screening is now recommended for 100% of pregnant women.

        There were just too many cases of pregnant women not realizing they were infected with HIV. It used to be based on assessing risk, but that didn’t work.

        The women would think that they were in a committed monogamous relationship and tell that fact to their doctor. The doctor would use that information to decide to not test for HIV…only to find out the bad news after the baby was born and got sick.

        Now ALL pregnant women are screened for HIV because of exactly what you described. (BTW, I’m not sure if it’s a majority of heterosexual women who are infected that way – most hetero women get it from their heroin addict boyfriends or husbands, and they know about their partner’s addiction.)

  6. Jennykins says:

    I have a friend who just ended a marriage for this reason. She realized that she was gay. She talked about it with her partner for over a year before she decides it wasn’t a bi thing, she is a lesbian. They have now amicably divorced. Mistakes happen, people grow, but they should do it in a respectful way.

    If you love someone, even platonically, they deserve your honesty. Your marriage should be to the person who is your best friend plus all that other good mushy stuff. Maybe I’m just being ignorant, but the way papa joe dealt with this was horrifying ad disrespectful to everyone involved, his wife, his lover, his family 🙁

    • Maria says:

      see, the best proof that honesty is the way to go. im sure most people are far more understanding in those things. betraying your closest person can never be a good thing.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      Jennykins, your story renews my faith in humanity a little bit! 🙂

    • Mira says:

      Jennykins, a former colleague of mine did the same. After a year of being married to man, she realized that she is a lesbian. She told her husband and her in-laws about it. They supported her decision and she parted amicably from her husband. She even found a partner and moved to North America subsequently. Her partner and she have been living happily since then. I really respect her for doing what she did especially coming from a very conservative family.

      • Jennykins says:

        Mira, my friend had a similar issue with conservative family members, but on her ex’s side:(

        It makes me incredibly sad that women and men find living a dual life easier than coming out. That some people would speak out against allowing someone the right to love and live honestly is horrifying, and creates problems for everyone involved.

        Obviously it’s a close hitting issue for me, but every time I hear about people dealing with these complicated issues in such mature and considerate ways it makes my overly mushy heart grow two sizes. I’m glad to hear your friend and her ex also managed this incredible feat.

      • Jill says:

        I don’t understand how people don’t realize they were never attracted to their husbands/wives or whatever.

  7. lem says:

    the way this reads makes me think even less of him. he finds a suicide note that his wife wrote & his reaction is to take it to his lawyer to use in the divorce? not contact the police to say “i found my wife’s suicide note and i don’t know where she is or if she’s hurt herself” it really shows just how little he cares about her and how much he really just loves the money. he’s just a gross human being.

    • GoldenState says:

      Right??? So gross!

    • Cazzee says:

      Especially because the extreme emotional state she was in when she wrote the note was because of HIS behavior!

    • aims says:

      Yes. Regardless of his sexuality,he cheated. She was very raw, hurt and angry. All understandable. He could had done the right thing. Sat her down, explain himself, and the both of them come to terms with this and divorce. He showed her zero respect, compassion. After she gave him 30 plus years and two daughters. It takes someone pretty cold to treat someone who loved you like that. Team Tina!

    • nina says:

      yep, great character snapshot there, huh? The mother of your children and wife of three decades gets the shock of her life, writes down something disturbing but doesn’t follow through, and you simply see it as a bargaining tool to get more cash out of your daughter’s name brand. If he were truly fearful of her, he’d go to the police. If he were truly worried for her, he’d have an intervention of some type.

      What an asshole.

    • Itsa Reallyme says:

      That was my first thought as well. The mother of his children, that he’s just betrayed in the biggest way, is in a desperate emotional state. Instead of trying to get her help, he takes the letter to his lawyers to use as leverage. Disgusting.

    • Kayla says:

      She’ll come out totally ahead in all this, so I’m glad nothing happened. He’ll find some other grifter, waste all his money on him, and become some sort of cautionary tale. She’ll get the even better revenge of getting to watch the spectacular fallout.

    • TG says:

      Couldn’t Tina plead temporary insanity when she wrote that note? I wouldn’t give that creep one penny that I didn’t have to. I can’t stand people who preach about their Christian faith and values and as soon as the money comes tumbling in suddenly those values go out the window. Look at both of his daughters life. Not the Christian life they were brought up with now. I agree with most on here. I can understand him dealing with his sexuality, but the lying and cheating and stealing family income to support his side piece is disgusting.

      Also, I thought when people finally come to terms with whatever it is they are dealing with, whether it be sexual identity crisis or the fact that they want out of an oppressive marriage, or whatever, I thought once that weight is off their shoulders they are supposed to be looking better. Such as Katie Holmes. Look at how much better she looked once she left that controlling lift-wearing freak. Papa Joe looks 100X worse than he did when he was with Tina.

      • lem says:

        she can’t really “plead” anything as there isn’t any criminal action going on. but you’d think her husband, who has wronged her in so many ways, would at least have the decency to get her help, not use it against her for financial gain, and not leak it to the press to humiliate her.

        my guess is that he wanted more than 50/50, isn’t getting that, and therefore decided to release this information to the public in hopes of making her look bad. especially since he just keeps looking worse and worse.

      • Relli says:


  8. neelyo says:

    He looks like a boy bander circa 1999 in that last photo.

  9. andy says:

    This is crazy. Betty Broderick level crazy.

    If true, I hope Tina is getting help. No man is worth ruining your life over.

    • Bull. says:

      Not quite ‘Betty Broderick level crazy’ when she actually did nothing, correct?

      The crazy – as in crazy in his depths of cruelty – is squarely on Joe. He is a coward and deceitful. He lied to her for decades. It’s unlikely this was his first instance of cheating. He betrayed her on every level of who he was, and thus some of the most primary parts of her life – she clearly believed she was married to someone with a compatible sexual orientation, and that her kids were born of the kind of complete love that we expect in faithful marriages to sexually, romantically compatible partners.

      He stole a lot from her, and now is literally trying to steal money/capital/shares from her, based on his indescribably scummy use of a cry for help — because of a life-destroying situation that he and only he created.

      I hate the use of Betty Broderick in this instance. Beyond mean and f&cked up IMO.

    • karmasabiatch! says:

      andy, did you even READ the entire article about Joe & Tina?!

      If so, I guess you’re just not the compassionate sort. Pity.

  10. Teeny says:

    I’ve always been wary of him. Something about his eyes gave off creeper vibes. I’m not a fan of someone who finds it alright to humiliate his family in such a way. Wasn’t he a preacher or a pastor or something? I don’t believe in any one thing, but I do believe in love and the golden rule. He just seems like even more of a douche now.

    I’m glad Tina didn’t follow through with it, and I hope their family, minus the sleezeball, are able to stay strong and support each other during this time.

  11. kmk says:

    WOW, he doen’t even look like the same person!!!

  12. Lucy2 says:

    It’s a sad situation all around. I can understand how upset and angry she must have been, thankfully she didn’t act on it. It’s gross that someone leaked that to the press.
    I feel bad for Joe forcing himself to live a lie for so long, but shame on him for cheating and using the pain he caused against her for money.

  13. Daahling says:

    I am a gossiphile, but shame on whoever leaked this private information. I’m glad Tina didn’t go through with it. I’m not a Jessica fan, but as a mother and wife, my heart goes out to what these women are going through right now.

    • Faye says:

      I don’t think she ever really intended to do it — it was written right after she found out (if true) and was done so in the heat of the moment. It’s not like she went out and bought a gun before she confronted him. I think we’ve all said or thought things like “I could kill so and so” or “I wish you were dead” at one point or another, and not really meant them.

      I think this must have been leaked by someone in his attorney’s office (who else would want it to get out), maybe in an attempt to make her look bad? If so, it backfired, at least IMO.

      • aims says:

        I totally agree faye. She didn’t do it, but she was angry and feeling pretty raw. All normal. If any of us were in her shoes, I think we would feel some sort of rage.

      • bluhare says:

        She was venting. Getting her feelings out on paper. Hope she’s had a private detective on his tail.

    • Daahling says:

      I realize she didn’t go through with and I get it was how she felt at the time. That’s my point — someone released this from a period where she was weak and angry. Joe is disgusting.

    • Relli says:

      It was probably him.

      Think about it, out of that family who would have the connections to put that information out there and would be credible enough for the gossip rags and sites to believe. JOE not Tina is the one who has always put himself out there for comment on his daughters and their lives. Its JOE not Tina who has always been able to get his own headlines on gossip sites. He probably figured it would give him sympathetic edge not bargaining how pathetic it would make him look.

  14. The Wizz says:

    He looks like a fool in those recent photos.

  15. fabgrrl says:

    That seems really underhanded, using the note she wrote while horribly distraught and angry. It sounds like she put her angry, violent fantasies down on paper, and then actually did a mature thing, confronting Joe. Thought I suppose the *smartest* thing for her to do would have been to turn the evidence of Joe’s affair over to HER lawyers. But really, who has time to be smart when your world is falling apart?

    At least it sounds like Joe is only using Tina’s note to reach a quick divorce with 50/50 financial split, and not soaking her.

    Also, 52 and 53, and married for 35 years? It wouldn’t surprise me if Joe went into that marriage fully believing himself to be straight. That makes me a bit sympathetic. A bit.

    Joe Simpson is really doing downhill, looks wise. One would think he’d start looking BETTER as an out, gay man. (Yeah, stereotypes. Just making a joke.)

    • bluhare says:

      Not soaking her? The hell he isn’t. They already made their split, and her half is making the money and his isn’t.

      • fabgrrl says:

        I guess you’re right. I didn’t really know how they had arranged things. He’s a total ass.

      • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

        As somone who has several gay cousins aged 20-50+ I will say that the older ones all told family they knew they were gay from a pretty early age. However, they felt the need to assimilate. So some got married, had kids and later decided they couldn’t live a lie. I don’t think he was unaware of his preference, I think he was ashamed of it (because his family was religious and expected him to be a straight man with a family). I was talking to my neighbor the other day, who is transgender and she said she waited until her parents died to transition from male to female. She was just too afraid of what they’d think, but she said even as a married man (who produced two sons) she always knew she was a woman.

  16. Cam S says:

    Sorry, but this whole clan makes me sick. I remember when they 1st came on the scene with Jessica’s waiting to have sex til marriage act and all their “holier than thou” attitude.

    Then boom, Ashley is pregnant before marriage, and both daughter’s are divorced within a couple of years of marrying. Jessica sure didn’t wait til she got married the second time to have sex. What’s up with that? I guess once it’s already popped you might as well use it?

    Then this douche bag cheats on his wife. I don’t care if he cheated with a male or female, it’s still wrong. Save the preaching about all your “family values” please Simpson family. Glad Nick Lachey got away from this group of hypocrites.

  17. paranormalgirl says:

    Using what is at best a cathartic outpouring and at worst a cry for help as leverage to get more money in a divorce is disgusting.

    My fiance was devastated when his wife of 22 years (and mother to his 5 kids) cheated on him and filed for legal separation. I’m sure he had pretty dark thoughts about her and the “friend” she was carrying on with. But they are thoughts. They are part of the process of moving through a crisis and the anger phase is very normal and very real. Few people actually act upon the anger (other than by yelling and throwing things.)

  18. Suzy from Ontario says:

    He was the one who betrayed her all these years and spent their money on his young lover. I don’t care if he’s gay or not, but to pretend for years and have affairs behind her back is just so wrong. A better man would’ve gone to his wife when he realized he was denying his true feelings and nature and talked to her about it. She has been treated very unfairly imo. Then to take her note where she pours out her feelings of anger and hurt (justified imo!) and give that to his lawyers to use against her? Could this guy be more of a slimeball? He should be asking for nothing but her forgiveness but instead he’s fighting for money and control. He makes me sick. If I was his daughter and saw the way he had treated my mother and contines to treat her, I wouldn’t want anything to do with him again. He clearly only cares about himself and money.

  19. MoxyLady007 says:

    Call me crazy but ….. What if Pimpa Joe died and they replaced him with the best look alike they could find so as to not rattle the faith in their business ventures?
    Because that’s the only thing that makes sense. His face is crazy now. Not at all the same.
    And if its true about the letter – that he devastated his wife, friend and partner of 30 years, came across evidence of her pain and anger and instead of helping her and talking to her, handed the letter off to his lawyers…. He is a pathetic excuse for a human being. That’s so deeply cruel.

  20. truthful says:

    I feel so bad for her, to even be in that place is horrible. 35 yrs of marriage.

    and like a lil wimp, the first thing he does is use her emotional note against her–straight to the attorney as a bargaining tool for $$$.

    I hope his young tricks run thru all of his money and I hope Tina can find some peace within.

  21. DeltaJuliet says:

    Well, I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who kind of focused on the fact that he used that note against her. What a jackass. A feeling human being, with a shred of respect for anyone else, would have seen that note and realized what a horrible thing he’s done to his family through his own actions of lying and cheating. Not this scumbag. He read that note and saw $$$$$. I feel bad for Tina and I feel bad for Jess. How horrible to find out your father is like this. I can imagine it would be difficult to find out your husband/father is gay but to find how little regard he has for those he “loves”? Devastating.

  22. Dani V says:

    The only shining light in their time together is the children they share. They would not exist otherwise. I think that is what I would have to tell myself if I was Tina to keep my sanity and keep things in perspective.

  23. irishserra says:

    I suppose I had a modicum of sympathy for Joe up until this point. The fact that he can’t even show an ounce of remorse (for cheating on his wife, lying to her and the family) and further, uses his wife’s turmoil to get his hands on the money is just disgusting and unforgivable. I believe had he come out to his family, backed off and gave them time to grieve the loss of the person they believed him to be, they could have reconvened at a later time and hashed out the financial details without this drama. I never did have respect for the man, but now I just find him disgusting in his treatment of other people.

  24. LadidahBaby says:

    Wow, is it just me or is Joe looking more like Ellen Degeneres every day?

  25. anon says:

    There is something so very sad about all this. I’m also very concerned for Jessica’s health during this pregnancy. She has said she is exhausted & ill. IM sure all this drama is playing a part in that. Lets hope she can stay healthy & carry her baby to term for all this family stress. Just a sad sad situation.. ASH is apparently acting out & Tina in a desperate situation & Jess could be at risk. Very tough for all these ladies.

  26. Dawn says:

    God Joe is a complete creep. You would think that as a former man of the cloth he could have found a better way to tell his family about this. I think he more than likely has been trying to fight these feelings for his whole life and more than likely entered the church and married Tina as a way to hide his true nature. I know a few guys who tried to do the same thing but let me tell ya they were far more loving to their wives and kids then this guy. Who can blame Tina for having those thoughts in the beginning? Not me. I feel bad for everyone that Joe has used his whole life to hide from him but most of all I feel sorry for Tina. I am sure there is more to this story than we even know.

    • fabgrrl says:

      If my math is correct, he was 18 or 19 when they married. Very, very possible that he had no idea he was gay at the time of his marriage.

      • Belle says:

        I don’t fault him for getting married. He was probably raised in a family that believed sexual preference was a choice and any ‘inappropriate’ urges or feelings could be ignored or or dealt with… through prayer or otherwise. Most would be sympathetic with this situation. He may have even gotten married, thinking (or hoping) that any ‘confusion’ he had would go away once he was married and started a family.

        What I have a problem with is that at some point, he either suspected he might be bi, or figured out that he was gay, and his wife had a right to know about it. Period, end of story. Sure he might have tried to fight it, and may not have acted on it in the early years of his marriage… but I don’t believe that the public affair that ended his marriage was his first instance of cheating. Nope, not buying that at all. So, while he has my sympathy for the struggle he probably went through early in his marriage, all of that sympathy is completely lost for how he handled himself when he either figured out he was gay, or at the very least, knew that he was not the heterosexual man that his wife believed him to be.

        Obviously, the cheating and money grab lower him below that of pond scum.

  27. littlestar says:

    This guy is a scumbag. As petty as it sounds, I hope Tina feels some vindication by how terrible Joe looks now. What is he trying to prove? As above posters said, he does look like a fool / 90s boy bander.

    Still shaking my head at the fact that he gave the letter to his lawyers instead of trying to get Tina some help. Pathetic excuse for a man.

  28. Ag says:

    I want to know what’s going on with that jacket/sneakers combo. Haha

  29. Kristen says:

    Has Joe ever denied the gay allegations?

    • Jess says:

      Yes, he has. He already told TMZ that the rumors are false of him being gay.

      But he supposedly came out last august to his family.

      • Belle says:

        Just curious… do you know if his denial to TMZ was after he supposedly came out to his family? Or was it right after the scandal news broke?

  30. Baylor says:

    I wonder what Ashlee and Jessica are thinking right now about their dad. Wonder if they are even talking to him. Seen them pictured with their mom, but don’t know if there are picturs of them with him since. I know they were all at Cacee’s wedding. That must have been awkward.

  31. scarlett says:

    This is what happens when you repress your sexuality for years on end. To make matters worse he seems to be going through a mid-life crisis hence why he suddenly dressing like a 90’s boybander cliche. How absolutely humiliating for everyone involved.

  32. Dorothy says:

    You are what you so we can fairly say he is an a$$

  33. judyjudy says:

    What an awful man.

  34. The Original G says:

    I don’t believe this story. She sat right down to write a murder suicide note? And then put it away?

    Of course they split 50/50. It’s California and they’ve been married 35 years. Wise to get it over quickly.

  35. Jennifer12 says:

    If Joe began to admit he was gay, that’s understandable, but he did it in such a selfish way. Sleeping with a 21 year old hustler- did he want to get a disease and give Tina one? She’s his wife; you have to have respect for someone you’ve spent your life with. Come out to your family, and then begin divorce proceedings. Don’t cheat on her. And don’t drain money from a join account to spend on your hustler. He’s a jerk.

  36. lisa says:

    just because he wants to have sex with young men, does he have to look so ridiculous?

  37. Rachel says:

    I don’t see how the suicide note is valid. It’s not like she ended up flying to New York to commit a double suicide. Both parties are still clearly alive. The suicide note means little. Frankly, they’re lucky they have the lifestyle that they do. If they had been under the same roof when she discovered that he’d been unfaithful, the chances are much higher that she would’ve gone through with it because she wouldn’t have had a long plane ride to calm down. Then there wouldn’t have been suicide note at all. Ironic.

  38. Vera says:

    Taking your wife’s suicide note to a divorce lawyer so you can use it as a bargaining chip? Joe Simpson’s character is almost as vile as those fugly shoes.