Former Vice President Joe Biden might be less than two months removed from the White House, but his family is in the news once again. Less than two years after Biden’s son Beau passed away, the bereaved widow Hallie Biden is dating the former vice president’s younger son, Hunter.
The New York Post‘s Page Six broke the news Wednesday, quoting the former vice president himself, who reportedly blessed the relationship. “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. “They have mine and Jill’s full and complete support and we are happy for them.”
Beau Biden, the former attorney general of Delaware, passed away from brain cancer at age 46 in May 2015, when there was still a great deal of speculation as to whether the vice president would throw his hat in the ring for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Five months later, 47-year-old Hunter Biden separated from his wife Kathleen, with whom he has three children — Finnegan, Maisy, and Naomi. Hunter is now dating Beau’s widow Hallie, who had two children with the former attorney general. Adding to the family drama, one of Hallie’s children with Beau is named Hunter (the other child is a daughter named Natalie).
“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 Biden told Page Six. “We’ve been so lucky to have family and friends who have supported us every step of the way.”
Page Six reported the relationship as an “affair,” and unless/until Hunter Biden divorces his separated wife Kathleen, that is an apt description.
In December of last year, Joe Biden jokingly declared his presidential bid. “I’m going to run in 2020. For president. So, uh, what the hell, man,” the ever-eloquent then-vice president told reporters. Biden later walked it back, saying he would not “commit” to “anything.” In the interest of Internet memes, however, a Biden run in three years would be a gold-mine of entertainment.