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Were Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz living separate lives?

There was no third party involved and the recently separated pair is said to be splitting amicably, but since Ashlee filed for divorce last week, it's become clear that she was "extremely unhappy for a long time" with their arrangement.

Sources say Ashlee wanted out for a while. Pete had no idea.

Meanwhile, Pete was quite happy with the marriage and had no idea that Ashlee had reservations about Pete's constant touring and erratic behavior.

When Ashlee told Pete she wanted out, he begged her to change her mind, our sources say. Pete has been crying, asking Ashlee to give him a shot.

Sources say Ashlee isn't budging, however, nor is she likely to. A close friend says she feels they've been headed for divorce "for quite some time."

Sad, but hopefully for the best in the long run.

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Ashlee Simpson filed divorce papers to end her marriage to Pete Wentz this week in a move that caught even cynical gossip readers by surprise.

The split is being called amicable, but it was her call, sources say, and due in large part to a series of arguments over Pete Wentz’s music career.

His commitment to touring with his band had been a sticking point between the two for some time now and finally led to Ashley filing for divorce.

Pete and Ashlee

It was good while it lasted. [Photo: Pacific Coast News]

The 26-year-old former singer was “fed up” with her husband being away from home for extended periods of time and wanted him to focus on being a dad.

“Ashlee and Pete would argue constantly about him touring,” a source told Radar. “Since she gave birth to Bronx she hated him being away from home."

"She wanted him to stop the band life and work more on producing music, so he could be around to concentrate more on being a husband and father."

“She hated him being away and said she felt like a single mother."

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Don't expect a bitter fallout between Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz, who filed for divorce Tuesday. But sources also say it was not entirely mutual.

"It's very amicable. They're on very friendly terms and speaking – it's fine," a source close to the couple tells People. "They've just grown apart."

"They've been growing apart for quite some time."

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Ashlee and Pete married in mid-2008. [Photo: Pacific Coast News]

Maybe so, but Wentz is getting divorced against his will, sources close to him tell TMZ, adding that he absolutely did not want to end the marriage.

Wentz tried talking Ashlee out of filing divorce papers, to no avail. She wanted out of the marriage, possibly due to the rocker's "erratic behavior."

Still, they're putting on a civil, united front for now.

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Ashlee Simpson has filed for divorce from Pete Wentz.

Documents were filed in L.A. County Superior Court, citing "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the divorce. The couple married back in May 2008.

It's unclear what specifically led to the split. Ashlee wants joint legal custody and primary physical custody of the couple's son, two-year-old Bronx Mowgli.

HAPPIER TIMES: At some point, things apparently went south.

Simpson is repped by well-known divorce lawyer Laura Wasser and is also asking for spousal and child support. Wentz will be represented by Stacy Phillips.

There is no prenuptial agreement in play, according to reports.

The sad news comes shortly after Jessica Simpson's engagement to Eric Johnson. Ash's sister is also divorced, of course, having been married to Nick Lachey.

Here's hoping it's for the best, and that as difficult as this decision must have been, Ashlee, Pete and Bronx can move on with their lives amicably.

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We love tabloid reports you can set your watch by.

No sooner did Jessica Simpson get engaged to than gossip emerged about how she only did it to upstage Nick Lachey, and/or that Eric Johnson betrayed her.

Now the latest, predictable twist. Younger, even less talented sister AshLEE Simpson is planning to have another baby just so she can regain some attention!

ATTENTION-STARVED: Forget kids, Ash. Just wear that ... whatever that is.

Sources say the failed singer and actress, who raises son Bronx with husband Pete Wentz, is furious that her older, more famous sister Jessica gets all the press.

“Ashlee’s career isn’t going anywhere right now,” a source said, “she hates that Jessica gets more press, even more so following Jessica's engagement to Eric."

According to this almost certainly bogus report, “She thinks having another baby will help land some magazine covers and thrust her back into the spotlight.”

Sorry, but the only thrusting involved here will be on Pete's part.

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Ashlee Simpson-Wentz was apparently inspired by Emma Watson.

The alleged singer and former Melrose Place cast member chopped off her long hair, marking a major beauty change up and debuting her pixie cut on Twitter.

“Ashlee Simpson-Wentz (@ashsimpsonwentz) new blonde pixie haircut is cute. Ill try and sneak a pic to post,” husband Pete Wentz wrote, then made good:

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Ashlee Simpson-Wentz and Bronx Mowgli Wentz: Matching blondes!

“Yah fam headed out tonight stoked! Cute hair mama!” Wentz Tweeted at Ashlee, who is no stranger to frequently changing up her style. This is a big shift, though!

It's not like Miley Cyrus' braids, which are easily reversible. If you go for the pixie look, you are going all in. This trend seems to really be catching on with the stars.

Do you like Ashlee's new look?

 

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Joe Simpson, father and pimp of Jessica and Ashlee Simpson-Wentz, is developing a television comedy for Nickelodeon based on his life raising two daughters.

Yes, we're serious. Because we haven't seen enough of Ashlee and Jessica Simpson's fairly uninteresting lives on TV and in the tabloids every day for 10 years.

This proposed 'tween series, a collaboration with comedy vet Tommy Lynch, is said to be based on the Simpson family's life in Texas before they were famous.

You know, the typically awkward, growing up years.

So we're sure there's nothing embarrassing to be mined from that, right? No, it's just Joe looking to further cash in on cash cows Ashlee and Jessica Simpson.

Joe and Jessica Simpson

Joe Simpson with his prized client.

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Joe Simpson will not take criticism of his prize employees sitting down.

At Monday's performance of Chicago in Manhattan, where Ashlee Simpson-Wentz made her Broadway debut, her dad admitted feeling under siege.

"We as a family are under a lot pressure," the pimp-in-chief of the Simpsons said, adding that peeps want "to make us look bad, want us to fail."

This is not true, and we resent the allegation. We merely point out and delight in the fact that they do fail when their acting is beyond painful.

"The world says whatever it says," he adds. "They always want to make it look like we're failures but we're really just a family that works hard."

Not sure who they are, but whatever helps Joe sleep at night.

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Ashlee getting canned from Melrose Place wasn't the only setback in what has been a tough year for Joe's girls, however. There's Jessica. Ouch.

In 2009, she struggled with her weight, wore some hideous fashion, watched a coyote snack on her dog and got dumped by NFL star Tony Romo.

The night before her birthday, no less. That stings.

Fortunately, next year Jessica returns to reality TV with The Price of Beauty, a VH1 series that features her traveling the world. Scintillating.

The happy dad - who cried during Ashlee's Chicago performance - praised both of his daughters' ability to roll with the punches above all.

"My children look at ups and downs and rise up above it all and remain strong. We're just normal people, and we always try to be who we are."

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Recently, Jessica Simpson maturely took to her Twitter account to deride the CW for giving her younger sister Ashlee the pink slip from the Melrose Place cast.

Now she's rising to her sibling's defense yet again, hitting back at celebrity gossip blogger Perez Hilton, who dissed Ash and one-year-old son Bronx this weekend.

On Friday, Bronx's first birthday, Perez wrote: "It's been one year since Asslee pushed Bronx Mowgli through her vajayjay and it's all the family is talking about!"

Unfunny, perhaps. But quite true!

Perez ended his post by calling Bronx a "poor lil' thing" who "doesn't stand a chance!!!" Talk about stating the obvious, Perez. Still, is that so bad? Jess thinks so.

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It's a battle of the blonde bimbos.

Simpson hopped on Twitter later that day and wrote a scathing rebuttal to the blogger (whose real name, for future reference, Jess, is Mario Lavandeira): 

"Does perez hilton..whatever his name really is.. have no heart at all??Don't ever attack my family again.Sad to know u hate so deeply.So Sad 4 U"

We're sad for Jessica's grade school grammar and spelling teachers. But we're glad she's sticking up for Ashlee. Good thing Jess has so much free time.

Whose side are you on?

 

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At least Jessica and Ashlee Simpson have each other.

The no-talent hacks have certainly been through their ups and downs this past year, but one thing they can always count on is support from their family.

Ashlee, who is set to make her Broadway debut as Chicago's Roxy this December after getting fired from Melrose Place, defends Jess in Women's Health.

"My sister has an incredible body. I feel sorry for anyone who would judge her, because she's one sexy lady," the alleged singer-actress says of Jessica.

"It's disgusting that people would say those things."

Jessica Simpson, meanwhile, already returned the favor earlier this month, when she bashed the writers on her sister's former show, writing on Twitter:

"CW catching up on MP. Who writes this crap? i have had bad scripts to work with, but this? thank God my sister is amazing and got you some press."

Packin' on Pounds

Not the best year for the Simpson girls.

Simpson-Wentz tells the magazine that even sudden career shifts like this one don't get her down anymore, especially now that her family is priority.

"[Being married] made me able to share more," says the Melrose star no one on the set liked. "Now Pete and Bronx come first. It has humbled me."

As for her own body image, Simpson-Wentz adds the only person she wants to look good for is herself – and her husband. "Pete isn't worried about stretch marks," the mother of 1-year-old Bronx says. "He always makes me feel sexy."

"There's gonna be a time when I'm way curvier than before, and that'll be sexy too. What defines sexy is not someone's weight. Personally I like curves."

Now that's something we can embrace along with her. Fortunately, we'll be able to see Ashlee Simpson nude (kinda) on Melrose Place before she goes!

Ashlee Simpson Biography

Pete Wentz and Ashlee Simpson-Wentz Oh, Ashlee Simpson, ye of little worth. She is Jessica's annoying, less hot, talentless, plastic surgery-loving little sister. Woo! Yup,... More »
Born
Birthplace
Dallas, Texas
Full Name
Ashlee Nicole Simpson-Wentz

Ashlee Simpson Quotes

I didn't know I'd be getting married right now, but I'm so happy to be! I'm a lucky girl.

Ashlee Simpson

Do I look like I had 10 cheeseburgers or something?

Ashlee Simpson [avoiding pregnancy questions]
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