Kathleen Buhle, the ex-wife of Hunter Biden, is addressing the demise of her marriage for the first time in her forthcoming memoir, If We Break: A Memoir of Marriage, Addiction, and Healing.
Buhle, a 53-year-old nonprofit development executive who has worked on women’s issues in Washington, D.C., for the past decade, was married to President Joe Biden‘s son from 1993 to 2017 as he struggled with his then-secret battle against addiction. The pair share three daughters now in their 20s, Naomi, Finnegan, and Maisy. The book, due out June 14, marks the first time Buhle has publicly commented on the end of their marriage. When she filed for divorce, the author alleged in legal documents that Hunter had spent their money on drugs, alcohol, prostitutes, and strip clubs, and in her new memoir, she also addresses all of those claims head-on.
She told People, “When my marriage ended, I felt like I’d lost my sense of who I was. Anyone who has seen addiction ruin a relationship, or been through infidelity and divorce, can tell you how devastating it feels. But what I also realized through those crushing experiences is that I needed to find a way to stand on my own.” Buhle continued, “Writing this book has been incredibly healing for me, and my hope is it will be meaningful to those who have been through addiction or divorce, and especially to women who have felt like their entire identity was tied to their spouse. In the end, divorce allowed me to find my strength.”
According to her publisher, If We Break is a “story of resilience and self-discovery” that “tells her own story from her working class roots on the South Side of Chicago to losing her maiden name and a part of herself in becoming Kathleen Biden, to finding a renewed sense of identity, purpose, and joy after the devastating collapse of her marriage.” The cover of the book also features a photo of Buhle and Hunter that was taken during a 2014 family trip to Nantucket for Thanksgiving.
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