By ROBIN MIZRAHI & HAL LIFSON
Jessica Simpson already got rid of one main man in her life and now she’s quickly distancing herself from another.
After jettisoning (and paying off) husband Nick Lachey, the 26-year-old blonde is continuing to break away from her controlling manager father Joe Simpson.
During a trip to Universal Studios with her mom and dad, the singer was giving an interview and noticed a nearby group of cheering, waving fans. When she went to greet them, “Joe flipped out,” said a source. “Jessica totally ignored him. She posed and signed autographs. Her mother even took her side. Her mother told Jess: ‘You go girl!’ and then told Joe: ‘Leave her alone. They’re her fans.'”
Jessica has also been feuding with her father over her choice of boyfriends. He has not approved of any of the guys she’s dated including Dane Cooke, Jared Leto and her latest love John Mayer. (The ENQUIRER broke the story about Jessica’s secret romance with Mayer in a cover story two weeks ago.)
According to the source: “She recently told him, ‘Dad, I’m capable of making my own choices. If I need your opinion, I have all your numbers!’
“Joe was shocked. He just wants what all Dads want — for his kid to be happy. Joe is a worrier, and he doesn’t want Jessica to settle for the first guy she’s with. That’s why they’re clashing.
“But Jessica wants to have fun right now — and her dad just can’t seem to stop meddling.”