By Alexis Hobbs. Photos: Getty Images.
The Vice President was actually married before his walk down the aisle with Jill, to his high school sweetheart Neilia Biden. But shortly after he was elected as senator of Delaware, he received some devastating news. His wife and their three kids — Naomi, Beau, and Hunter — had gone on a Christmas shopping trip when a tractor-trailer struck their car and killed both Naomi and Neilia in the wreckage. As difficult as this was to overcome, the politician did everything in his power to raise his two kids, Beau and Hunter, to the best of his ability.
Then, three years after his wife and daughter had been killed in that tragic accident, he met Jill. According to Vogue, Joe's brother introduced the two, and Joe has recently claimed that he thinks their meeting was a gift from Neilia. On their first date, Jill — who was divorced and going to college at the time — admitted she didn't think the two would mesh well.
"I was a senior, and I had been dating guys in jeans and clogs and T-shirts, he came to the door and he had a sport coat and loafers, and I thought, 'God, this is never going to work, not in a million years.' He was nine years older than I am!" Jill confessed. "But we went out to see A Man and a Woman at the movie theater in Philadelphia, and we really hit it off. When we came home...he shook my hand good night...I went upstairs and called my mother at 1:00am and said, 'Mom, I finally met a gentleman.'"
But even though she had met her gentleman, she wasn't so sure she wanted to hop on the marriage train just yet. It took Joe legitimately FIVE times before his sweetheart would accept his proposal. According to Jill though, it was for good reason.
"I said, 'Not yet. Not yet. Not yet.' Because by that time, of course, I had fallen in love with the boys [Beau and Hunter], and I really felt that this marriage had to work. Because they had lost their mom, and I couldn't have them lose another mother. So I had to be 100 percent sure."
Still, Joe was getting impatient. Finally on the fifth time of asking for her hand in marriage, he gave her the ultimatum. "Look, this is the last time I'm asking you. I don't care when we get married. But I want a commitment," he told Vogue of that fateful day. "And she said okay. But it took that!"
The adorable couple got married in New York City at the United Nations chapel on June 17, 1977 and have been lovebirds ever since. Looks like our VP does love something even more than he loves ice cream — his gorgeous wife!
This story originally appeared on BRIDES.
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