Jessica Simpson's Parents Joe & Tina File for Divorce Amid Gay Rumor Scandal

Say it ain’t so!

Jessica Simpson‘s parents Tina and Joe Simpson have filed for divorce, a rep for the family tells PEOPLE. But that is where the headline-worthy news about the Simpson clan ends, says the rep.

Their statement to PEOPLE Wednesday came the same day that buzz built around a story in the National Enquirer reporting that Joe has announced he’s gay.

“It is an amicable split and there is no third party involved,” says the rep. “Any other related allegations are completely false. The family appreciates your respect for their privacy at this time.”

Tina, 52, and 54-year-old Joe – a manager and former minister who is often referred to as “Papa Joe” – are also parents to Ashlee Simpson and have two grandchildren between their daughters.

None of the Simpsons have spoken out further about the split – or the rumors.


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