Hunter Biden went on romps with hookers, cavorted at strip clubs, boozed heavily, and left a crack pipe out in the open, according to a new memoir from his ex-wife.
In 1993, Biden married Kathleen Buhle – a self-described woman from a working-class family in Chicago. During their marriage, Biden started "many ventures," including a real estate investment fund and a technology company. Buhle believed the couple "lived above our means."
"More than once my debit card was declined at a store," Buhle wrote in her book, titled, "If We Break: A Memoir of Marriage, Addiction, and Healing." "I'd have to call Hunter to transfer money into my account. Hunter and I drove nice cars and had a beautiful home, but we were running fast on that hamster wheel and barely staying on."
Buhle, 53, said that she watched Hunter's drinking habits "spiral from social to problematic."
An excerpt from the book provided to People read: "One Saturday morning when we had friends visiting, Hunter walked into the kitchen looking as if he hadn't gone to sleep. I was making pancakes as I watched him pull a bottle of Jack Daniel's out of the cabinet. 'Hunter! What are you doing?' I said. "It's 10 a.m.!' I don't think he knew what time it was, and he still seemed drunk. He laughed and put the bottle back. We all stared."
Buhle said Biden was "in and out" of rehabilitation for his alcohol addiction. However, he fell off the wagon and reportedly appeared at a fundraising event "drunk."
In the summer of 2015, "Kathleen found a crack pipe in their ashtray and threw Hunter out," according to People, which added, "He had earlier admitted to cheating with prostitutes when he traveled for work abroad, and now their marriage became an endless loop of anger (his) and mistrust (hers)."
Later that year, Hunter spent money for two lift tickets at Lake Tahoe, got services at a nail salon, and blew "hundreds at liquor stores and strip clubs," according to Buhle. Hunter allegedly told Buhle that he was "healthy and sober."
After the death of his Beau Biden in 2015, Hunter was involved in the Beau Biden Foundation. Hunter and Beau's widow – Hallie Biden – were on the board of the Beau Biden Foundation. The organization received nearly $2 million from the Biden Foundation — an organization that was started by President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden in 2016 and shuttered in April 2019.
Buhle claims that after Beau's death, Hunter "started spending most of his time at Hallie's house."
In November 2016, Buhle said that she received a worrying phone call from Finnegan Biden – one of Hunter and Kathleen's three daughters. Finnegan asked her mother to meet her at the office of the family therapist – who was helping the daughters process Beau's death from a glioblastoma brain tumor and their father's drinking, according to Buhle.
Kathleen said she found her daughter "curled in a chair, holding a pillow while she wept" at the home of the therapist named Debbie.
Finnegan is said to have asked Debbie, "Can you tell her? We can't do it."
The memoir claimed, "Debbie looked me in the eye and calmly said, 'Kathleen, Hunter's having an affair with Hallie.'"
Kathleen's daughter Naomi – who was on speaker phone during the session – allegedly chimed in, "There were text messages between them."
Finnegan, Naomi, and Debbie purportedly "called Hunter" to tell "him we found the phone and that we knew" about the alleged affair between Biden and the widow of his dead brother.
Kathleen divorced Hunter in 2017.