Jessica Simpson is reportedly in shock after her devout Christian dad came out as gay.
The pop singer’s dad Joe Simpson is believed to have dropped the bombshell to his family in August, citing that as the reason for his divorce to wife of 34 years, Tina.
A source close to the Simpson family has now revealed that the actress is struggling to cope with the news, despite having a lot of gay friends.
‘Jessica had absolutely no clue that her father was gay, not even the slightest inkling,’ the source told RadarOnline.
‘She thinks she has very good gaydar, especially since a lot of her friends are gay, but she did not see this coming at all.
‘It was a complete shock to the system, she feels terribly for her mom who was left reeling by the announcement and her sister Ashlee has also taken the news quite badly.
‘Jessica’s been trying to process the information slowly, but she’s having difficulty dealing with it. She can’t understand why Joe stayed married to Tina for so long, and can’t help wondering how much of their life was a lie.’
However, the source insisted that the 32-year-old star is still going to stand by her dad because he has always been there for her both as a father and a manager.
The revelation about Joe’s sexuality was revealed by National Enquirer.
‘Joe got the family together about two months ago and came out of the closet,’ a family insider told the US gossip magazine.
‘He told them he’d tried to continue in his marriage to Tina, but he couldn’t go on any longer and deny the fact that he had these feelings for men.’
Tina, 52, filed for divorce in September on the grounds of ‘discord or conflict of personalities’.
The source also claims the 54-year-old former youth pastor and Baptist minister now has a 20-year-old gay lover.