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Just days after reports surfaced that Joe Simpson‘s wife of 35 years, Tina, filed for divorce, rumors began surfacing that the 54-year-old father of Jessica and Ashlee Simpson is gay.

Simpson is telling friends and colleagues there is no truth to the “absurd” stories.

Joe and Tina issued a statement addressing the issue, saying the split is amicable and there is no third party involved. “Any other related allegations are completely false,” says a rep for the couple.

Initial reports said Bryce Chandler Hill, a 21-year-old aspiring model and actor who allegedly plays golf with Simpson, was the pastor’s much younger boy toy, however, other sources say it isn’t Hill, but a “rugged, wanna-be skinny actor” who “looks very out of place” at the country club where Simpson plays golf.

“Tina Simpson and her daughters, Jessica and Ashlee were never at the country club, ever. Joe is always there with the same guy, but he is never at MountainGate with his family,” says a source.

Then a 32-year-old gay male escort named Joey Anderson came forward claiming he had a 3-hour tryst with Simpson, giving very graphic details of the encounter AND passing a polygraph. “He seemed to have an insatiable appetite for sex and never really appeared tired,” said Anderson.

There have been reports that Joe came out to his family after Tina caught him with Hill, which lead to divorce papers being filed. Opinions on the matter are split, with some believing the gay allegations are “ridiculous,” and others saying they believe he’s just not ready to come out publicly.

Is Simpson gay and not ready to come out, or are the allegations absurd? Drop a comment below and let us know what you think.

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