Days after gossip columnist Perez Hilton revealed he once made out with John Mayer in front of then-girlfriend Jessica Simpson, friends of the singer have come forward with more details.
According to sources from the Simpson camp who spoke with Page Si x, friends thought John Mayer betrayed the singer when he made out with Perez Hilton — but she glossed over it because she was “head-over-heels” in love with him.
The friend said Simpson was hurt by what Hilton had been writing about her at the time, which made the kiss all the more shocking.
Gossip blogger Hilton wrote about the 2007 incident in his new memoir, claiming that he ran into Mayer and Simpson at a New York club — when Mayer almost immediately stuck his tongue down his throat.
Simpson, initially shocked, rubbed her hand in Mayer’s lap during the kiss, according to the scandalous excerpt from Hilton’s book.
An old pal of Simpson’s has now told Page Six that there was more to the tale.
What made the incident so shocking to insiders, they said, was that the Simpsons were locked in a war with Hilton at the time because he wouldn’t stop calling her “Jessica Simpleton” on his phenomenally popular blog — and referring to her little sister Ashlee as “Asslee.”
“Her friends were horrified” by the saucy smooch, said an insider, “but she didn’t care. John couldn’t do anything wrong, as far as she was concerned. She was absolutely head-over-heels in love with him.”
In fact, the insider said that Simpson probably marvelled at the move, thinking that it would ingratiate the couple with the then-powerful blogger.
Hilton writes in TMI: My Life in Scandal that after co-hosting MTV’s New Year’s Eve celebrations with Christina Aguilera, they both hit a club in Chelsea.
He said that they ran into the musician couple, and Mayer told Hilton, “I like to watch gay porn, you know,” adding, “My favourite porn star is Brent Corrigan. He really turns me on” — and then he kissed Hilton.
Hilton recounts that Simpson seemed mortified and covered her face with her tresses, but then put her hand between Mayer’s legs.
He said that Mayer then sat back with a “satisfied” look on his face and turned to gaze affectionately at Simpson, who “didn’t seem to know whether she was incredibly embarrassed or really turned on.”
A rep for Simpson declined to comment, and a rep for Mayer didn’t get back to Page Six.
In a later interview with Playboy, Mayer said it was an act, saying that he thought Hilton was “acting as though he had just invented homosexuality.”
“All of a sudden I thought, I can outgay this guy right now,” he said in the interview.
This article originally appeared on Page Six and was reproduced here with permission.