Jessica Simpson was taken aback by her father Joe Simpson bringing a male model as his guest to her wedding.
The singer sat down with The LA Times to discuss her new memoir “Open Book.” In the revealing book, Simpson talks about her divorce from ex-husband Nick Lachey and dating John Mayer.
Simpson opens up about her parents Joe and Tina’s 2012 divorce. The singer says she was devastated by their split. She accuses her father of betraying his marriage to Tina. She wrote, “In August , my mother discovered that my father had betrayed their marriage, just as she and I thought things were turning around for them.”
Jessica revealed Tina had told her, “what a nice time they had together on their anniversary, and she thought maybe they had turned a corner. I thought so, too. When she confronted him, my dad began calling me, and I would not pick up.”
The divorce was finalized in April 2013 after 34 years of marriage. Following the breakup, Jessica barely spoke to her father for years. She wrote, “Dad moved on quickly. And maybe he’d planned it so long that he had a running start ahead of my mother.”
Jessica saw her 2014 wedding to Eric Johnson as an opportunity to bring her family back together. Her father was set to officiated and Tina and sister Ashlee were her maid of honors.
The singer wrote days before the wedding Joe called asking if he could bring his friend/male model, Jonathan. He explained the man was “a young model he often shot for his new photography business.”
Jessica struggled with answering but reminded herself to try and accept her dad for “who he was as he worked it out in real time.”
When asked about her father’s sexuality she said, “That’s not something we talk about. That’s not my story to tell.”