Who is Hunter Biden’s wife Melissa Cohen? How did Hunter end up dating Hallie Biden? Everything you need to know about Joe Biden’s son
Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, has opened up in The New Yorker about his drug and alcohol problems over the years, his relationship with his brother's widow and his unexpected marriage to Melissa Cohen.
He married South African divorcee Melissa Cohen in early May, which was a pretty extraordinary turn of events for the would-be US President's son. Just a month before his most recent marriage, Hunter was thought to be dating his late brother’s widow.
According to TMZ, Hunter and Melissa were married in Los Angeles on May 16 and, as reported by E! they hadn't known each other for long before that.
The two apparently first met the same month as their wedding, giving them just two weeks of getting to know each other before tying the knot.
Reportedly, Melissa and Hunter have even made things no-going-back-official with matching tattoos.
Joe Biden confirmed the match to CBS. Melissa’s father also weighed in, telling Page Six that he is looking forward to meeting his daughter's new husband.
“She seems very happy. I’ve only spoken to Hunter briefly. She’s a very special girl. She has lots of poise and she’s very present,” Melissa’s dad said.
Before tying the knot with Melissa, 49-year-old Hunter Biden was in a controversial love match with his former sister-in-law.
In 2017, he started dating Hallie Biden, the widow of his late brother, Beau Biden. Page Six reported that the couple split in April, which would suggest he had only a week of singledom before meeting his now wife.
In the New Yorker article, called ‘Will Hunter Biden Jeopardize His Father’s Campaign?’ Hunter opens up about their relationship. “We were sharing a very specific grief,” he says about Hallie Biden. “I started to think of Hallie as the only person in my life who understood my loss.” They ended up renting a house together in Maryland where he lived with Hallie and her two children until they split up a few months later because of the public’s perception. “All we got was s**t from everybody, all the time. It was really hard. And I realized that I’m not helping anybody by sticking around.”
Beau tragically died of brain cancer in 2015 at only 46. He was a military veteran and the attorney general of Delaware. The death was so upsetting to the family that Joe Biden said it was one of the reasons he didn’t run for President at that time, although his son encouraged him to run.
"He wanted to make sure I stayed in the public arena. That's all I've done my whole life," the former VP told CNN.
Hunter and his first wife, Kathleen, separated in 2015 after 23 years together. In divorce court, Kathleen claimed that their separation was because of his alleged drug use, overspending and infidelity. In the same court documents, she accuses him of spending money on “drugs, alcohol, prostitutes, strip clubs, and gifts for women with whom he has sexual relations.”
They share three children, Finnegan, Maisy and Naomi, who she said she was unable to support because of his spending habits.
After the split, he grew closer to his late brother's wife, Hallie. They announced their relationship in 2017.
“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,” Hunter said in a statement to Page Six. “We’ve been so lucky to have family and friends who have supported us every step of the way.”
Joe issued his own statement, saying that he and his wife supported the relationship.
“We are all lucky that Hunter and Hallie found each other as they were putting their lives together again after such sadness,” the presidential candidate said.
Hunter has had a difficult past. He was discharged from the Navy in 2014 after failing a drug test.
He recently spoke to The New Yorker about his drug problems over the years, sharing that he asked a homeless man where to buy crack in Los Angeles because he “needed a way to forget” after his brother's death.
His new wife is a South Africa-native who currently lives in Los Angeles, where they wed. The 32-year-old was raised by a social worker and currently works as an activist and documentary filmmaker. According to Page Six, she was married once before to a man named Jason Landver.
According to The Washington Post, she co-owns Tribal Worlds, a company that works to “promote indigenous conservation."
On her Facebook page, she often posts elaborate photos of her travels and has shared anti-Trump sentiments, so her politics seem aligned with her new in-laws.
But that's not where the drama ends. According to Page Six, 28-year-old Lunden Alexis Roberts of Arkansas has filed a paternity suit, naming Hunter Biden as the father of the baby she gave birth to in August of 2018. It's possible that they met while she was a student at George Washington University in Washington, DC.
Hunter's father, Joe Biden, is running for President in 2020.