Hunter Biden's Ex-Wife Is About To Publish A Memoir About Her Marriage

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Right after Joe Biden was sworn in, making the White House feel like home was at the top of the First Family's to do list. They decorated the private residence with "family pictures all around, our books, some furniture we brought from home," First Lady Dr. Jill Biden told People.

The Bidens have always said that their family is their first priority, and even though the President calls his children and grandchildren every day, he doesn’t mix business with family, especially when it comes to running the country.

Last year, President Biden confirmed as much by saying his family doesn’t work in the White House, unlike the previous administration. "No one in our family and extended family is going to be involved in any government undertaking or foreign policy. And nobody has an office in this place," he told People.

All along the campaign trail, Biden's family has supported him. He's the father of four children, Naomi, Beau, Hunter, and Ashley. Biden had his three eldest children (Hunter, Beau, and Naomi) with his late wife, Neilia Hunter. After she died, he eventually married his second wife, Jill Jacobs, in 1977. They share Biden's youngest daughter, Ashley.

Biden also has seven grandkids, who call him "Pop" and share his well-known love for ice cream. Here’s everything you need to know about Joe Biden's children—and grandchildren.

Naomi Biden

Biden's daughter, Naomi, was only 1 year old when she and Neilia both died in a car accident in 1972.

Joseph 'Beau' Biden

Biden named his eldest son after himself, though he was better known by his nickname: Beau.

Beau had an impressive military career: He joined the Army National Guard as a major in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps in 2003.

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Photo credit: Mark Wilson - Getty Images

Like his father, Beau also delved into politics and became the 44th attorney general of Delaware from 2007 until 2015. He worked closely with Kamala Harris, whose term as attorney general for California overlapped.

Biden believed his son’s political prospects were bright, saying, "I was pretty sure Beau could run for president someday, and, with his brother’s help, he could win," according to The Hill.

Beau married his wife, Hallie Olivere, in 2002, and they had two children: daughter Natalie Biden and son Robert Hunter Biden II. Beau announced his intention to run for governor of Delaware in the 2016 election, but he passed away in 2015 at age 46 after a battle with brain cancer.

The death impacted Biden and Jill immensely. "After our son, Beau, died of cancer, I wondered if I would ever smile or feel joy again," Dr. Biden said in her DNC speech on Tuesday night, per The New York Times. "It was summer, but there was no warmth left for me."

And she also talked about how inspiring Biden was as he walked through the grief of losing his son. "There are times when I couldn’t imagine how he did it—how he put one foot in front of the other and kept going," Jill said. "But I’ve always understood why he did it."

Ashley opened up about her big brother's lasting impact on their family in an interview with TODAY: "He was such a fine man, and he was such a man of integrity, but he also had a fun, goofy side and a great sense of humor. I just miss being with him, being in the same room, saying nothing. He was 46 when he passed, Dad will be the 46th president."

She also shared a sweet memory of her and her dad feeling a spiritual connection to Beau while on the campaign trail. "I remember when we were in South Carolina, things weren’t looking so great, and [my father and I] went and found a small community church, we didn’t tell anybody, we just went in by ourselves, and sat in the very back," she said. "And the song that reminds Dad [of Beau] is 'He Will Raise You Up on Eagle’s Wings,' and all of the sudden in this small little church, it is the song. Dad and I looked at each other, started bawling, hugged, and were like, 'This is Beau.'"

Robert Hunter Biden

Biden’s second son, Hunter (he goes by his middle name) is now 52 and has counseled for a New York-based law firm. He’s also the founder of the venture capital firm Eudora Global and served as chairman of the World Food Program USA board from 2011 to 2015.

In 2014, Hunter took a role on the board of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma. Currently, there is an ongoing government investigation into Hunter’s finances. "I'm absolutely certain—100 percent certain—that at the end of the investigation, I will be cleared of any wrongdoing," he told CBS Sunday Morning. "All I can do is cooperate and trust in the process."

In 2020, there were disputed reports about his connections and business dealings overseas, but they’ve been disproven by Politco, The New York Times multiple times, and The Washington Post. And, additional unproven claims circulating on Facebook were traced to an anonymous internet forum that’s a known source of online disinformation, per The Poynter Institute's Politifact.

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Photo credit: Teresa Kroeger - Getty Images

Hunter’s personal life has also made headlines, due to his struggles with drugs and alcohol, per ABC News, as well as his divorce from ex-wife Kathleen Buhle in 2017. The co-parents share three children: Naomi, Finnegan, and Maisey Biden.

Hunter has another child, daughter Navy Joan, with a woman in Arkansas, Lunden Alexis Roberts. Navy's paternity was the subject of a now-resolved 2018 court case determining Hunter was the father, according to the Texarkana Gazette. In Feb. 2021, Roberts also testified before a federal grand jury in the case surrounding Hunter's finances, according to the Daily Mail.

Soon after Hunter separated from Kathleen, he began dating his brother's widow, Hallie Biden. "We are all lucky that Hunter and Hallie found each other as they were putting their lives together again after such sadness," Joe Biden told Page Six in 2017. "They have mine and Jill’s full and complete support and we are happy for them."

The couple broke up in April 2019, Page Six exclusively reported. A source close to the family told the publication it was a private matter. It’s still unclear why the couple broke up, but sources added that the split was "amicable."

Kathleen is about to publish a memoir that goes into great detail about their marriage and breakup, titled, "If We Break: A Memoir of Marriage, Addiction, and Healing." In the book, she talks about differential treatment from the Secret Service and her relationship with Joe Biden, per The Guardian.

In May of 2019, Hunter married Melissa Cohen, a South African filmmaker, the Washington Post reported. When asked to comment on his family life for a January 2019 article in Vanity Fair, Hunter wrote in a statement, "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."

Since then, Hunter Biden has released a new memoir titled Beautiful Things, which comes from his brother’s last words. In the book, President Biden’s son reckons with the addiction issues that have followed him for years.

Recently, Hunter told CBS Sunday Morning in a television interview that he believes his addiction issues stem from the car crash that killed his mother, Neilia, and his baby sister, Naomi. "I am more convinced now that trauma is at the center of it," he said.

Hunter also said he "never" believed his father would "give up" on him. Following his brother Beau’s death in 2015, Hunter started binge-drinking vodka, and when Biden (who was Vice President at the time) found out, he "ditched his Secret Service" and visited Hunter’s apartment. "Honey, what are you doing?" he said the President asked him, before urging him to check into rehab. Soon after, Hunter fell off the wagon and became addicted to crack cocaine. "I went 13 days one time without sleeping," he said.

Lately, Hunter is pursuing a new path as an artist. His paintings were first shown at a gallery in late 2021. “I wanted to have a show because I just wanted people to see that not only was I okay, I was great. I am doing great. Because I think that there’s an enormous message of hope in that," Hunter told Vanity Fair.

"Through all of this meanness, through all of it, and through all of my own failings, and through all of what everybody’s gone through, and through everything that seems so ugly and depressing, and just the weight of it, to be able to walk into that room and see that. My art is so deeply infused with the message and meaning.”

Watch Hunter Biden's interview with CBS Sunday Morning below:

These days, President Biden calls Hunter every night before bed to tell his son that he loves him: "Not only does he talk to me every night, he calls every one of my daughters, he talks to each one of them every day…he’s always done that."

Ashley Blazer Biden

Ashley, 41, is the youngest of the Biden kids. She comes to her role as First Daughter with decades' worth of experience as a social worker and public advocate. "I will not have a job with the Administration," she told TODAY. "I will, however, hopefully, use this platform to advocate for social justice, for mental health, to be involved in community development and revitalization. I do hope to bring awareness and education to some subjects that are important."

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Photo credit: Gary Gershoff - Getty Images

Ashley graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans and got a master’s degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania. She was the former executive director of the Delaware Center for Justice, a nonprofit advocacy group, and also a social worker for the state’s Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families, according to DelawareOnline.com.

Now, she’s devoted to her charitable clothing line, Livelihood, per Newsweek. Ashley describes her brand as "all-inclusive, non-partisan, and empowering" on the website. Livelihood pledged 10% of the proceeds from every Livelihoodie purchase will go to Community Development Funds in identified communities in need. She is married to Dr. Howard Krein, a plastic surgeon at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

"Dad is so empathetic and has the ability to recognize pain, to feel others' pain, and to comfort," Ashley told TODAY. "It's also made family his number one. We have a rule still today that no matter where Dad is, no matter what meeting he's in, if one of the kids call, you have to get him out."

And, she revealed the tight bond that Jill and Joe have: "Mom really keeps Dad grounded," Ashley explained. "She will always remind him to take out the trash. Even this morning, you know, make sure to wash your bowl. Dad loves his Raisin Bran in the morning, and she's like, 'Joe, wash that bowl, don't put it in the sink.'''

Recently, Ashley's diary has become the center of a case surrounding Project Veritas, a nonprofit organization that investigates politicians. During Joe Biden's presidential campaign in 2020, members of Project Veritas attempted to use pages from Ashley's diary to extort an interview with Joe, according to Biden’s lawyers as reported by the Daily Mail. Project Veritas denied the claim.

The Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are looking into claims that a woman stole Ashley's diary while she was staying in a rental house in Florida and sold it to Project Veritas. Its pages were later published online by another organization, per The New York Times. The case remains ongoing.

Joe Biden has three pets, too. Willow, Commander, and Major Biden

Let's not forget the family pets! When they first arrived at the White House, the Bidens had two German shepherds named Champ and Major.

Four-year-old Major became the first shelter dog in the White House after making a miraculous recovery with the Biden family. Champ passed away in June 2021 at the age of 13, while Major was sent to Delaware for training after a few biting incidents, NBC News reported.

When they fostered Major as a puppy in 2018, he was not doing well. "[His litter] were very sick," Patrick Carroll, executive director of the Delaware Humane Association, told NPR. "They had gotten into a toxic substance. We're not sure what. The dogs were lethargic, vomiting, and hospitalized for a few days." Thankfully, the puppies recovered with fluids and medication.

In March 2018, the Delaware Humane Association posted to Facebook looking for foster homes. Caroll told the publication that Ashley came across the post and sent it to her father, knowing that he was looking for a little sibling for Champ. The Bidens fostered Major and returned to the shelter several months later to officially adopt the pup.

Major was "indogurated" at a celebration hosted by the Delaware Humane Association, where Josh Groban performed. Proceeds went to the shelter.

"Ready for #Indoguration," Naomi Tweeted the weekend before Inauguration Day, along with a photo of the president-elect and Major. (Awww.)

Since then, the Bidens have adopted a 2-year-old tabby cat named Willow from Pennsylvania. Jill shared the news on Twitter back in January:

Seems like she's settling in nicely.

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