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.
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.”
“I think that Ash just finally had enough. She put all her musical aspirations to the side to concentrate on being a mom and it is a big bone of contention with her that Pete just swans off around the world with his buddies like he’s a single guy.”
“They had a major fight in October before he headed off to Europe, but then tried to make a go of things over the holidays for the sake of Bronx.”
“They decided to take a break to both cool off and reassess, and both realized it was bad for Bronx to be around parents fighting all the time.”
“Pete is due to head off again on tour in a couple of months and I honestly think Ashlee filed for divorce as a way to shock him into canceling his plans, or at least modifying them and giving in to her demands to be with her and Bronx.”
“It’s not going to work though, Pete’s not going to play that game.”
“It’s a really sad situation because they do genuinely love each other, and I would pretty much swear that neither of them is seeing someone else – but they just want totally different things in life and neither one is willing to compromise.”
Well, there’s your unsourced, anonymous but realistic-sounding update.