Kathleen Buhle is speaking up for the first time about her marriage to Hunter Biden, President Joe Biden’s son, which ended in 2017 amid the younger Biden’s then-secret drug difficulties. In her upcoming book, If We Break: A Memoir of Marriage, Addiction, and Healing, Buhle, a 53-year-old nonprofit development executive, tells a “tale of perseverance and self-discovery,” according to her publisher. Hunter’s ex-wife will make no public comments about their divorce or its aftermath in the book, which will be released on June 14, but portions of their separation did play out in court. Buhle and Hunter married in 1993 and divorced after 24 years together. Naomi, Finnegan, and Maisy are their three daughters.
In a legal petition in February 2017, Buhle claimed that her estranged husband had spent money on drugs, booze, prostitutes, and strip clubs. According to the book’s publisher, Buhle’s book would not shy away from those past admissions, instead of focusing on the “heavy toll” addiction can have on relationships. “I felt like I’d lost my sense of who I was when my marriage ended,” Buhle tells PEOPLE. “Anyone who has witnessed addiction destroy a relationship or experienced adultery and divorce knows how heartbreaking it can be. But those harrowing events also taught me that I needed to find a way to stand on my own.”
“I think this book will be important to anyone who have been through addiction or divorce, especially to women who have felt like their entire identity was related to their husband,” Buhle adds. “Finally, divorce helped me to rediscover my own power.” Hunter spoke about his addiction troubles in his memoir Beautiful Things, which was published in 2021, saying that he drank a quart of vodka a day at one time and lived with a homeless lady who was also his dealer at another. Since then, he has spoken of finding new calm and security on the West Coast, where he also works as a painter.
In two interviews with CBS News about his book, the younger Biden stated that “trauma” from a 1972 automobile accident that killed his mother, Neilia, and his newborn sister, Naomi, was at the root of his addictions. Hunter and his late brother, Beau, were both injured in the car with them. Beautiful Things also touched on other aspects of Hunter’s personal and professional life, but with greater caution, such as his painful divorce.
According to her publisher, Buhle’s book “tells her personal experience from her working-class background on Chicago’s South Side to losing her maiden name and a part of herself in becoming Kathleen Biden, to rediscovering a revitalized sense of identity, purpose, and pleasure following the terrible failure of her marriage.” If We Break shows a photograph of Buhle and Hunter taken during a Thanksgiving trip to Nantucket in 2014. By April 2017, the couple had allegedly settled “all concerns pertaining to custody, support, property rights, and all other rights” in a private agreement in Washington, D.C.
Hunter announced that he was seeing Hallie, Beau’s widow, six weeks before his divorce from Buhle was finalized. Beau died of brain cancer in May 2015. Hunter and Hallie’s romance was short-lived, and in Los Angeles in 2019, Hunter met Melissa Cohen. Within days, the couple married and welcomed a son in the spring of 2020. Buhle has worked on women’s problems in Washington, D.C. for the past decade, according to her publisher’s description, and served as director of strategic alliances for the domestic violence group DC Volunteer Lawyers Project. She’s also the founder of The House at 1229, a new women-only creative space.
According to a recent story, those close to President Biden are concerned that his son’s well-heeled lawyer buddy might cause headaches for the White House — and remind voters of Hunter Biden’s problematic international business transactions. According to The New York Times, the president’s aides are concerned about Hollywood lawyer Kevin Morris’ intention to undertake a vigorous public defense of Hunter Biden, including disputing the tale behind The Post’s exclusive October 2020 discovery of his notorious laptop.
They’re also concerned about Morris’ $2 million-plus loan to the first son to pay off his tax debts and cover his living expenses, which could be akin to the cash he received while serving on the board of a Ukrainian oligarch’s company and pursuing deals with a Chinese tycoon, according to the Times. Instead, according to the New York Times, Joe Biden’s allies want his scandal-plagued son to stay out of the spotlight and conclude a federal grand jury investigation in Wilmington, Delaware, without going to trial if charges are made.
Hunter Biden is apparently being investigated for for tax evasion, money laundering, and lobbying law crimes. Morris was recently revealed to be working on a documentary about Hunter Biden’s life since he came under scrutiny for his business dealings, and he was accused Tuesday of “spying” on the filmmakers behind the independent film “My Son Hunter,” which is set to portray the Biden family in an unflattering light. Morris may try to discredit the film and the laptop by using footage filmed while visiting the film’s location in Serbia, according to the New York Times.
The Washington Post released a photo of Morris with a filmmaker who captured the first son and his wife, Melissa Cohen, leaving a Hunter Biden exhibit at the Georges Berges Gallery in Manhattan’s Soho district in November. According to the New York Times, Morris is an art collector who owns some of Hunter Biden’s work, citing two persons familiar with his collection. The White House has been questioned about possible influence-peddling in the sale of the first son’s artwork, and the Georges Berges Gallery has pledged to keep the identity of all purchasers from both Hunter Biden and the White House confidential.
According to the New York Times, Morris may have received his Hunter Biden artwork as a gift. Morris met Hunter Biden at a December 2019 event for Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, according to the New York Times. Morris allegedly arranged agreements worth roughly $1.5 billion for the writers of “South Park” and was a producer of their Tony-winning Broadway musical “The Book of Mormon.” The two men became friends, with Morris, 58, developing almost paternalistic regard for Hunter Biden, 52, according to the New York Times.
Hunter Biden’s book, in which he described his addictions to crack cocaine and liquor, as well as his sordid romance with his brother’s widow, was apparently completed with the aid of Morris, who has authored two novels and a collection of short tales. Following his meeting with Hunter Biden, he gave $55,000 to super PACs that backed Joe Biden’s candidacy and opposed former President Donald Trump’s re-election, according to the Times. Morris and the White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment.