Joe Simpson Defends Jessica and Ashlee

The dad-ager jumped to his daughters' defense.

Joe Simpson Defends Jessica and Ashlee

The dad-ager jumped to his daughters’ defense.

-Kathryn H. Cusimano

Ashlee Simpson-Wentz and Jessica Simpson

The whole Simpson family was in New York to support Ashlee in her Broadway debut, and dad Joe had a few words for his daughters’ critics.

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“We as a family are under a lot [of] pressure,” Joe said in New York on Monday night. “[People want] to make us look bad and wants us to fail.”

We’re not sure what kind of pressure Papa Joe is under, but Ashlee is currently starring in Broadway’s Chicago as Roxie Hart, a role she played in London’s West End production in 2006.

Ashlee was recently fired from Melrose Place after only a few months of work, while Jessica has suffered a devastating breakup with Tony Romo, the loss of her dog Daisy and yo-yoing weight in the past year. Yet Joe said his daughters will hold their heads up.

“My children look at ups and downs and rise up above it all and remain strong,” Joe added. “We’re just normal people, and we always try to be who we say we are.” (Us Magazine)

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