The son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has reportedly broken off his two-year relationship with his former sister-in-law.
Hunter Biden has allegedly split with Hallie Biden, the widow of his late brother, Joseph “Beau” Biden, who died of brain cancer in 2015 at the age of 46. The reason behind the break-up remains unknown but the split was “amicable,” according to the New York Post’s Page Six.
The 45-year-old widow of Beau, who was the former Attorney General of Delaware and a major in the National Guard, told the newspaper she had “no comment” when asked about the end of the relationship, which reportedly began in 2017.
The reports of the break-up come as the former vice president announced his 2020 presidential campaign last week. Biden had revealed that the death of his older son was one of the reasons he had opted not to run for president in 2016.
In 2017, he and his wife Jill told The Post they were happy about the then-new relationship that had sparked between Hunter and Hallie.
“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,” he said at the time.
He recently held back tears in an emotional moment on “The View” as he spoke about his late son.
“I hope he’s proud of me.”@JoeBiden discusses his late son Beau: “He didn’t want me to withdraw from the things that have motivated my whole life about trying to … make things better.” https://t.co/rxCXj3uvWG pic.twitter.com/HVA04j3AiW
— The View (@TheView) April 26, 2019
At the time the younger Biden son began dating Hallie, who shared a son and daughter with Beau, he was married, though estranged, to his then-wife Kathleen. The couple’s divorce was finalized in April 2017.
Months before his father was to announce his third bid for the White House, Hunter told Vanity Fair his personal life and rumors about him would not affect the 76-year-old Democrat.
“Even though my life has been played out in the media, because I am a Biden, my father never once suggested that the family’s public profile should be my priority. The priority has always been clear for my dad, as it is, now, for me: Never run from a struggle. Love people and find a way to love yourself,” he said.
“My father has always been proud of me — whether when I was volunteering for the Jesuits, or working as a lawyer… And he remains proud of me today. He loves me. And he loves the American people far too much to let any form of adversity stand in the way of service,” Hunter said in a statement in January.
Before the death of his brother, Hunter had served as a direct commission officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve but was ousted in 2014 after failing a drug test as he tested positive for cocaine. Criminal justice reform advocates have criticized the fact that the Biden children have been able to avoid the repercussions of strict anti-drug laws of the 1980s and 1990s that Joe Biden helped craft during his more than three decades in the Senate.
According to the Washington Examiner:
Biden’s son Hunter, now 49, joined the Navy Reserves in 2012 after receiving two special waivers, one because he was three years over the age limit of 40 and another for a “drug-related incident when he was a young man.” A month into his service, he tested positive for cocaine during a random drug test and was discharged.
In 2017 divorce papers, Hunter Biden’s then-wife Kathleen stated he spent “extravagantly on his own interests (including drugs, alcohol, prostitutes, strip clubs, and gifts for women with whom he has sexual relations).” The same year, it emerged that Hunter Biden was in a relationship with his late brother Beau’s widow, Hallie.
“The important aspect of my complicated divorce (like all divorces) and an equally complicated life, marked by the tragic loss of my mother, sister and brother, is this: My father has been a constant source of love and strength in my life,” Hunter told Vanity Fair.
A source confirmed to the New York Post that Hunter and Hallie’s relationship was over, adding that Hunter’s ex-wife Kathleen is “thriving and looking better than ever and back on the dating scene.”
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