First son Hunter Biden talked about his decision to deny that he was the father of an Arkansas woman’s child in his memoir, which detailed his struggles with drug and alcohol addiction and his grief over losing his older brother, Beau.
In a passage recounting his first date with Melissa Cohen, his second wife, President Joe Biden’s son reflected on his drug-addled “rampages” with women who were “hardly the dating type.”
“I’m not proud of it. It’s why I would later challenge in court the woman from Arkansas who had a baby in 2018 and claimed the child was mine — I had no recollection of our encounter,” Hunter Biden wrote.
He originally denied he was the father of Lunden Roberts’s daughter, to whom Roberts gave birth in 2018. After trying to delay Roberts’s paternity court case, he agreed in 2020 to pay the former adult club dancer child support.
Beautiful Things, due for release April 6, chronicles the breakdown of Biden’s first marriage to Kathleen Buhle, the mother of their three adult daughters. The couple were wed for 24 years, getting engaged in 1993 after finding out they were pregnant with their eldest, Naomi.
His marriage to Buhle began to fall apart after his 2014 administrative discharge from the Navy Reserve over a failed drug test, testing positive for cocaine, according to Biden.
“It became so clear, a few short weeks after Beau had died, when Kathleen and I were sitting together in the therapist’s office after our twenty-two-mile anniversary walk and she told me, ‘I’ll never forgive you.’ That’s when it hit me that I had no chance of handling the pain I was in,” Biden wrote of Beau’s 2015 death from glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer.
“That’s when I decided to drink,” he said. “When you see those doubts and questions in the eyes of the person you’re supposed to love the most, it breaks you in half.”
Biden also opened up about his short-lived romance with his brother’s widow, Hallie Olivere. Olivere was Beau Biden’s wife of 13 years and the mother of his two teenage children. Hunter Biden reveals that Olivere was “mortified” when their relationship became tabloid fodder in 2016, before his divorce to Buhle was finalized in 2017. He shared his own reaction to the fallout, saying that it hurt his family and business before the pair separated in 2019.
“Our relationship had begun as a mutually desperate grasping for the love we had both had lost, and its dissolution only deepened that tragedy,” he wrote. “That realization made it all the more difficult to pretend it could be otherwise, which made it all the more difficult for me to get clean. My oasis was gone.”
Hunter Biden and Cohen, who married seven days after meeting in 2019, welcomed son Beau in March 2020.
In Beautiful Things, Biden dedicated a chapter to his reported five-figure-a-month position on the board of Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian natural gas company.
Former President Donald Trump’s interest in Biden’s foreign business dealings in Ukraine was central to his first impeachment in 2019. Biden, however, doesn’t expound on his Chinese dealings, which are believed to be the focus of a federal tax investigation.
Author: Naomi Lim
Source: Washington Examiner: Hunter Biden opens up about paternity lawsuit in memoir