Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Excuses, Excuses

The coverstory of the new issue of US Weekly focuses on the problems that Papa Joe Simpson's meddling is causing for his eldest daughter Jessica Simpson and her hanging-by-a-thread relationship with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. The couple, who it was reported temporarily split a few weeks ago, have rekindled their romance ... on Romo's condition that Papa Joe back off and stop effing with their relationship. Papa Joe is defending his actions to exploit every facet of this children's private lives for financial gain (ie. selling wedding photos, exclusive private family news, etc.) by essentially saying that he is just doing his job:

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In its new issue, Us Weekly reports that Jessica Simpson's controlling father Joe nearly destroyed her relationship with Tony Romo and was behind their brief split in May. Us reveals how the Dallas Cowboys quarterback gave the singer an ultimatum: Tell dad to back off! Joe defends himself, telling Us, "It's unfair to criticize me for what every manager does for his or her clients. And in this business, where people can quickly turn on you, who better than a parent to be working for his children?" He went on, "A parent will always be there for his kids and never give up on them. I work hard seven days a week for my girls because I love them. Why in the world would I ever want to do anything that would hurt my children?"

It seems clear to pretty much anyone with eyes that Papa Joe was a major factor in the destruction of Jessica's marriage to Nick Lachey and I can honestly believe that his meddling is causing the same destruction this time around for Jessimo. While I can agree that a parent can turn out to be an excellent manager for their children's professional careers, I know of far too many instances where biz comes before family and money is what overshadows everything. I've always felt that Dina Lohan is trying to become the female version of Papa Joe Simpson ... which says a lot about them both. I just hope, at the end of the day, that Daddy Simpson realizes that his daughters' welfare is of paramount importance. It is possible to be both a manager and a good father ... but the "father" part has to come first. [Source]