Hunter Biden’s ex-wife Kathleen said on Tuesday morning she was ’embarrassed’ by allowing him to control their finances but ‘buried her head in the sand’ because she ‘liked nice things and didn’t want to think about the cost at which they were coming’.
Kathleen, 52, was married to Hunter from 1993 until 2017. They have three daughters together and split around the time that he began an affair with his dead brother Beau’s widow Hallie.
Despite their acrimonious split – in which she allegedly demanded $37,000 a month – and Hunter’s scandalous antics, Hallie was complimentary in an interview on Good Morning America on Tuesday to promote her new memoir, If We Break.
Kathleen admits handing total financial control over to her addict husband, something she is now embarrassed of and which backfired when the IRS came after the pair in 2003 for unpaid taxes.
‘This was one of the harder parts for me to write and acknowledge. It’s embarrassing to say that I seeded all financial control to my husband. I liked nice things and I didn’t want to think about the cost at which they were coming. Writing this book really helped me to understand how unfair that was to Hunter and how unhealthy that was for me.’
Asked if she could contribute anything to any hearings on Hunter’s involvement with Burisma – the Ukrainian energy company which he was paid millions to sit on the board of while his father was Vice President – she said: ‘No. I have buried my head in the sand.’
The pair lived in heightened privilege throughout their marriage, raising their daughters in a six-bedroom, $1.85million home in Washington DC. They attended White House events with Joe when he was Vice President and made glamorous appearances at charity events, playing a happy couple with an idyllic life.
In reality, Hunter’s drug addiction and penchant for prostitutes was draining their bank accounts and he was making questionable deals with foreign companies to keep the pair afloat.
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Kathleen Buhle on Good Morning America on Tuesday morning. She gushed over Jill and Joe Biden and defended Hunter and his struggles with addiction
Hunter, Kathleen, Joe and Jill Biden at the burial of Senator Edward Kennedy in 2009. Kathleen was complimentary of the President and First Lady, saying she has never doubted their love of her daughters despite their support of Hunter’s affair with his dead brother’s widow
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Kathleen refused to say whether or not Hunter used his famous name to curry favor or money.
Instead, she said: instagram.com/solitaryisle ‘Trying to get someone to parse out what parts of their life came from their parents, in my mind, is not a healthy exercise.
‘I think he has always acknowledged the benefit and advantage of coming from a prominent family.
‘I saw someone who loved his father, respected his parents, he was proud to be their son,’ she said.
It’s embarrassing to say that I seeded all financial control to my husband. I liked nice things and I didn’t want to think about the cost at which they were coming.
She paid tribute to President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill and their ‘love’ of her daughters and avoided questions about how Hunter’s affair with Hallie may have hurt her.
‘With addiction, especially, there’s so much shame surrounding it that it becomes something that we don’t talk about,’ she said of Hunter’s drug use.
Asked if his laptop photos – which show him engaging with prostitutes, smoking a crack pipe and in various states of undress – show the man she was married to, she replied softly: ‘Not at all. He was struggling under a massive drug addiction and that’s heartbreaking and painful.
‘That wasn’t who I was married to,’ she said, adding: ‘Drugs are awful.’
Charmed life: Kathleen and Hunter Biden at a charity event (left) in 2016, a year before their divorce, and at a dinner to celebrate British Prime Minister David Cameron’s visit to America and the White House (right) in 2012
The couple and their three daughters lived in this $1.85million, six-bedroom Washington DC home
On his affair with Hallie and the Biden family’s support of it, Kathleen was surprisingly diplomatic.
Hunter Biden with his dead brother’s widow Hallie, who he started dating around the time of his divorce from Kathleen
‘The one thing I’ve never, ever questioned was Joe and Jill’s love and attention to my three daughters. Divorce was hard on all of us because we were very close but we come together out of a shared love for my daughters.
She added that she regretted being ‘so upset’ about her divorce after learning she had colon cancer, and that she hopes other women do not entrust all of their finances to their husband like she did.
‘I really hope that’s a lesson that women hear.
‘Understand your finances, take responsibility for them,’ she said.
Kathleen said that while the Bidens are ‘obviously’ in her memoir, it is less about them than it is her.
‘They were in my life in such a significant way but I really tried to keep it to what was my relationship to Hunter’s addiction, where was I in my marriage, and the choices I made to make sure that this is my story, the story of Kathleen Buhle.’
DailyMail.com previously revealed how Kathleen asked Hunter for $37,000-a-month and allegedly threatened to expose the photos on the laptop of he didn’t pay up.
She had previously told People magazine that he didn’t give her any alimony.
In one email by his lawyer dated March 2017, his attorney said: ‘Hunter has learned that Kathleen intends…to release purportedly compromising photos of Hunter to the media.’
‘The threat to release compromising photos is entirely unacceptable, and likely actionable under the District of Columbia’s blackmail statute.’
Hunter Biden with his ex-wife Kathleen. The pair were married from 1993 until 2017
Kathleen’s book contains revelations about Hunter’s drug use during their marriage. DailyMail.com also uncovered emails on his laptop where his lawyers accused her of threatening to blackmail him into a sizeable alimony agreement with these embarrassing photos and others
Hunter is shown with his current wife, Melissa Cohen, and their toddler son Beau Biden Jr.
Buhle’s attorney, Rebekah Sullivan, responded that her client ‘has no intention of doing so’ – but Hunter was still suspicious.
Kathleen Buhle (left) reveals new details about her marriage to Hunter Biden (right) in her forthcoming book If We Break: A Memoir of Marriage, Addiction, and Healing, which will be released on June 14
‘So implicit in this response is that she has picture but at the moment does not intend to release them.
‘It does not address the fact that the threat was made which is a felony in and of itself,’ he wrote to his lawyers after seeing the response.
The letter from Hunter’s lawyer also accused Buhle of relying on Joe Biden to financially back his son to get her alimony – and even spoke to the former Vice President about it.
‘Hunter has learned that Kathleen’s settlement posture is premised on her expectation that Hunter’s father will backstop any financial arrangement eventually reached between the parties,’ Mancinelli wrote.
‘Indeed, Kathleen’s expectation has even been communicated to Hunter’s father.
‘Simply put, there is no ‘blank-check.’
Any settlement must be economically feasible.
‘If Kathleen is assuming that Hunter’s father will perform Hunter’s obligations, she is woefully misinformed and that mindset will hamper our ability to bring this case to closure.’
Kathleen also claims in her book that she wasn’t given Secret Service protection when Joe Biden was Vice President, despite being married to Hunter at the time.
She wrote that she was left feeling ’embarrassed’ and like ‘I was not truly a Biden’ after Hunter and their children were assigned a security detail when Joe became VP in 2009.