An aspiring male model has allegedly been having an affair with Jessica Simpson’s father Joe, it has been reported.
It has been claimed that the 54-year-old has been dating Bryce Chandler Hill, who at 21 is 33 years his junior, on and off for about a year.
The allegations come days after rumours began swirling that Joe’s wife of 34 years Tina filed for divorce after Joe came out as gay.
A source allegedly told Radar Online that Bryce and Joe were introduced by a mutual friend, who is close to Joe’s famous daughters Jessica and Ashlee.
The insider reportedly told the website: ‘Joe Simpson being outed by the National Enquirer was no surprise to the gay community in Hollywood, Bryce has been bragging about hooking up with Joe for a while now.
‘Bryce is close to TJ Espinoza, who in turn is good friends with both Jessica and Ashlee and worked for Britney Spears as a back-up dancer.’
The source added: ‘TJ introduced Bryce to the Simpsons – and that’s how he met Joe.’
Bryce appeared to be denying the allegations when he posted on his Twitter page on Friday: ‘Yes, I’ve read the story….it’s simply NOT TRUE.’
‘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.’
The website reports that Jessica is doing her best to get her head around the shock but is having ‘difficulty’.
The source reportedly said: ‘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.
‘Despite that, she’s going to stand by him and support his decision. After all, he’s still her father and Joe’s always been there for Jessica whenever she’s needed him. And not just as a father, but as her manager too.’
Joe and Tina were first reported to have broken up earlier this year and this month put their Los Angeles home on the market for $4.4million.