Surprise, surprise: Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz are calling it quits after less than three years. Being that Ash and Pete got hitched in the first place because Ash was knocked up, are we really that shocked? Nah.
Still, the fact that they now have 2-year-old son Bronx Mowgli Wentz (who is clearly a top contender for Hollywood Kid With the Worst Name Ever) does make news of this divorce a bit more heart-wrenching than when sister Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey ended their match-made-on-MTV marriage. (What? I liked Newlyweds.)
Here's the official statement the couple made this morning:
After careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to file for divorce. We remain friends and deeply committed and loving parents to our son Bronx, whose happiness and well-being remains our No. 1 priority. We ask that everyone honor our privacy as we navigate this next phase of our lives.
According to TMZ, 26-year-old Simpson cited "irreconcilable differences" (what else?), wants joint legal custody and primary physical custody of Bronx, and plans to drop the Wentz from her name. She's also seeking spousal and child support. Not sure where those funds are going to come from ... have you heard a hit record from Fall Out Boy lately? Didn't think so.
Adding to the many celeb breakups as of late, the split may add further fuel to the argument that the institution of marriage is kinda passe. I mean, Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis have been cool without it for almost 13 years, and Angelina and Brad seem to be doing fine without saying "I do," too. As we can see, Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry were certainly better off without it; ScarJo and Ryan Reynolds probably shoulda never done it, etc., etc. Sure, there's the odd celeb marriage that seems to stick. Gavin and Gwen, for instance, or Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick. But both of them have had their share of issues.
A tiny part of me wonders what was the breaking point for Ashlee and Pete. Sources tell TMZ it had something to do with Ashlee finding Pete's behavior "erratic," but I think both of 'em are nuts. It doesn't really matter. What does, I think, is that celebs and regular people alike seem to take vows way too lightly. Get married on a whim, and when things get messy, just file a paper and be done with it. Doesn't anyone try counseling first?
Anyway, I feel bad for little Bronx. Not necessarily because he's going to be a child of divorce, but because it's clear now he's got two really screwed-up, wacko people for parents.
What do you think about the Ashlee Simpson-Pete Wentz divorce?
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