Jessica Simpson has revealed that she and her father Joe do not talk about his sexuality.
The comments came amid the release of her new memoir Open Book, in which she says she was ‘blindsided’ when he left her mother Tina in 2012; and that he asked her if he could bring a male model to her wedding to Eric Johnson two years later.
The 39-year-old star, was asked about her 61-year-old father’s sexuality by the Los Angeles Times Wednesday, and responded, ‘That’s not something we talk about. That’s not my story to tell.’
In a passage from Open Book, the Dukes of Hazzard star opened up about a chat she had with her dad three days before her July 5 nuptials to the former NFL player, 40, at Montecito, California’s San Ysidro Ranch.
‘My father called me three days before we left for the wedding to tell me he was bringing his friend Jonathan, a young model he often shot for his new photography business,’ the With You singer wrote. ‘”He wasn’t on the list,” I said. There was a pause.’
She continued: ‘I reminded myself that I needed to accept my father for who he was as he worked it out in real-time.’
The Abilene, Texas native, who shares three kids with Johnson, 40 – daughters Maxwell Drew, seven, and Birdie Mae, 10 months; and son Ace, six – said that she was ‘blindsided by’ the news that Joe was leaving Tina in of 2012.
Jessica said that the news was more difficult to take as she was hospitalized amid her pregnancy with Maxwell when the news was revealed.
‘They had been married for thirty four years, and I had a hard time being around them together since they’d stop loving each other,’ Jessica wrote. ‘I was blindsided by this news, which triggered his natural salesmanship. He pitched it to me as a positive thing, “You gave me the confidence … You gave me the way out.”
‘Great, I thought to myself, “I broke my own heart.”‘
She wrote that Joe ‘moved on quickly,’ speculating, maybe he’d planned it so long that he had a running start ahead of my mother.’
Joe has infrequently discussed his sexuality publicly: Sources told TMZ in November of 2012 that rumors that he was gay were ‘ridiculous.’
In February of 2014, he took to Twitter amid stories linking him with a model named Jonathan Keith, who he was taking pictures of in Miami Beach, Florida.
Joe said that their relationship was one of business, writing, ‘More mis-information in the news. The guy in the pics is my modeling Client. He was in Miami taking agency meetings. That’s it!!’
Jessica said that her relationship with her father further deteriorated in 2012, when she stopped using him as her manager, but that they had ‘a needed reconnection’ four years later in 2016 amid his prostate cancer diagnosis.
She said she was ‘most scared to show’ Joe the book, but his reaction was a fatherly one.
Jessica said her dad told her, ‘I wish I could have held you more in so many of those dark hours. Please forgive me for being a better manager than a father.’
She said she responded in saying that she ‘told him he was the best father I could ever have had’ and that she ‘wouldn’t change any moment’ of her life.
‘It’s true,’ she wrote in the memoir. ‘I wouldn’t change a single thing about my story, because I finally love who I am, and I can forgive who I was.’
Open Book is on sale now.