Kathleen Biden detailed a rocky relationship with husband Hunter Biden, alleging drug use and infidelity dating to at least 2015, shortly after Hunter’s brother, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, died of brain cancer, according to court filings.
Citing “irreconcilable differences,” Kathleen Biden filed for divorce from her husband of 23 years in December, Superior Court records in Washington, D.C., show.
On Wednesday, Hunter, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, confirmed to the New York Post that he is having a romantic relationship with Beau’s widow, Hallie.
The 47-year-old lawyer, investment manager, and former lobbyist told Page Six, “Hallie and I are incredibly lucky to have found the love and support we have for each other in such a difficult time, and that’s been obvious to the people who love us most. We’ve been so lucky to have family and friends who have supported us every step of the way.”
Both Joe Biden, his wife, Jill, and Hallie’s father, Ron Olivere, have publicly pledged their support for the couple.
Joe Biden, who served Delaware 36 years in the U.S. Senate, told Page Six, “We are all lucky that Hunter and Hallie found each other as they were putting their lives together again after such sadness. They have mine and Jill’s full and complete support and we are happy for them.”
Hallie, 43, has worked as a high school guidance and admissions counselor. She has two children, a daughter, Natalie, and a son, Hunter, with the late Beau Biden. She could not be reached for comment this week.
Hunter has three children with Kathleen, 48, a full-time mother and homemaker. She has not worked outside their D.C. home since she got married, according to court records. Originally from Chicago, Kathleen met Hunter when they were working for the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. Later, she campaigned for her father-in-law when he was running for vice president.
Her complaint alleges that Hunter hasn’t sufficiently provided for the family after the couple formally separated in October of 2015. In late 2016, Hunter ordered his office to cut Kathleen’s $17,000-a-month payment to $7,500, according to the complaint. Property records show that the couple owns a six-bedroom home in D.C. that was purchased for nearly $1.6 million in 2006.
Over the course of the separation, Hunter has drained hundreds of thousands of dollars from the couple’s marital assets by “spending extravagantly on his own interests (including drugs, alcohol, prostitutes, strip clubs and gifts for women with whom he has sexual relations), while leaving the family with no funds to pay legitimate bills,” according to a Feb. 23 motion filed by Kathleen. The motion asks the court to stop Hunter from further “dissipation” of the assets.
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SOURCE: USA Today; The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal, Margie Fishman