Presidential candidate Joe Bid's son Hunter recently married a woman in Los Angeles, according to the bride's mother. Hunter's surprise marriage to Melissa Cohen, who has South African roots, landed him again in gossip columns and reinforced his reputation as an unpredictable character in Father's political tale.
On Wednesday, TMZ and Page Six revealed the unexpected nuptials of 49-year-old Hunter, whose love life has previously been the subject of tabloid drama: In 2017, he divorced his wife of more than 20 years, Kathleen Biden, after a messy divorce, where she accused him of blowing money on drug and strip clubs.
Hunter had long lived in the shadow of his older brother, Beau, who was Advocate General in Delaware, a military veteran, and called for higher office. Hunter, a lawyer, was discharged from the fleet in 2014 after failing a drug test.
After a fight with brain cancer, Beau died in 2015 at age 46 – leaving his family destroyed. His sad father cared about whether he should lead the president in 2016, and eventually decided to wait for the race. Former Vice President quoted Beau as inspiration for his 2020 bid.
At the same time, Hunter's tumultuous personal life played out in public. After his divorce from Kathleen, with whom he has three daughters, the Biden family recognized that he was dating Hallie Biden, Beau's widow and mother of Hunter's niece and nephew.
Joe and Jill Biden maintained a united front with Hunter in view of questions about the unusual romance that releases a supportive statement to Side Six in 2017: "We are all lucky that Hunter and Hallie found each other when they put their life together again after such sadness. They have my and Jill's full and complete support and we are happy for them. "
It is unclear when Hunter and Hallie Biden stopped dating, but Side Six in early May confirmed their split. TMZ reported that the "surprise" wedding between Hunter and Melissa Cohen took place on May 16.
While Hunter's love life has made headlines, his business associates have also been the subject of interest in the 2020 campaign. President Trump and some Trump surrogates have attacked Hunter for his foreign business relationship and has attended reports of his alleged drug abuse, according to reports from The Washington Post's Matt Shows and Ashley Parker.
Joe Biden, who leads the democratic field in voting, often speaks about his family and is a family member an important part of his political mark. He recently ran an important campaign conversation in Iowa to attend his grandchildren's high school graduation. "The incredible bond I have with my kids is the gift I am not sure I would have had, I hadn't gone through what I went through," said Joe Biden to Yale student in 2015 reflecting it first tragic death of his first wife and his close family.
Biden's family pride was exhibited to celebrate Joe and Jill's daughter Ashley's design work at an event to mark the renewal of the Hamilton Hotel just hours before the tabloid story broke. Jill Biden and Hunter's daughters attended the event.
The following day, Joe Bid's presidential campaign did not respond to a request for comment on the news of Hunter's marriage, and attempts to reach Hunter and Melissa Cohen failed.
Little is known about Hunter's new brother and what role, if any, she will play in the Biden Presidential campaign.
It is also the second marriage for Cohen; she split from her first husband in 2014, according to public records. She owns a company in Los Angeles called Tribal Worlds whose mission is to "promote native conservation," according to public records.
Zoe Cohen, Melissa Cohen's mother, reached by telephone in the bride's original South Africa, said, "They are very happy." She declined to give more details about her daughter's marriage to the former Vice-President's son. "She is a very special girl," she added.
Research editor Alice Crites contributed to this report.