Last week, a source told the Chicago Sun-Times that the problems between NFL quarterback Tony Romo and singer-actress Jessica Simpson were a direct result of the singer’s meddling father-manager. Now, thanks to another gabby insider, Us Weekly found out just what Papa Joe did to push Jessica’s main squeeze too far.
The first offense from the Simpson patriarch was to suggest Tony drop his agent and let Joe handle his Dallas Cowboys career and the $65.7 million contract that comes with it.
According to the Us source, Joe followed that unpopular play with an offer to publicize the quarterback’s engagement to Jessica and their eventual nuptials in the event that things ever went that far.
“If you guys have a marriage, I can (sell it) the same that I did with Ashlee,” Joe said, according to the insider.
Though Tony’s negative reaction to all that unsolicited help is said to be the reason he and Jessica are just “a trial thing” now, Joe defended his actions when Us asked him about the situation.
“It’s unfair to criticize me for what every manager does for his or her clients,” Simpson told the magazine, “And in this business, where people can quickly turn on you, who better than a parent to be working for his children?”
Timberlake and Biel ‘headed for marriage’
Despite frequent rumors of relationship woes, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are still going strong. In fact, In Touch Weekly reports the “Sexy Back” singer invited Jessica to move into his six-bedroom mansion, and that’s just the start of things to come.
“They’re both really excited,” said a source who revealed the couple’s plans to the magazine. “Jessica is preparing to live in Justin’s Hollywood Hills home.”
As for the actress’s current residence, she’s “giving the house to her parents and brother because she doesn’t want to sell it.”
But don’t take her reluctance to part with the property as a sign of caution.
“They’re definitely headed for marriage,” the source assured. “Moving in is just the beginning.”
Dish on the fly
Gamers who consider themselves rock gods thanks to their mastery of “Guitar Hero” get no respect from John Mayer. “‘Guitar Hero’ was devised to bring the guitar-playing experience to the masses without them having to put anything into it,” the real-life axe man told Rolling Stone magazine. “And having done both, there’s nothing like really playing guitar. I mean, what would you rather drive, a Ferrari or one of those amusement-park cars on a track?” … The longest running “Dancing With the Stars” showmance has come to an end. Mario Lopez and his season-three pro partner Karina Smirnoff, who continued to dance together long after the music stopped, have gone their separate ways. “You know, I am so busy with everything going on in my life right now, I wouldn’t make a good girlfriend,” Karina told OK! magazine. “(Mario’s) a great guy. I think the world of him. I think we both are focused on our careers right now.”
Tabloid Tidbits is compiled by Ree Hines.