Melissa Cohen is Hunter Biden’s wife. They were married on May 16 in Los Angeles. Hunter had until April 2019 been in a relationship with his brother Beau’s widow, Hallie. TMZ broke the story that Hunter, 49, tied the knot with Cohen in a ceremony conducted by a “minister who runs an instant marriage company.” The gossip site reports that Hunter’s family, including his father, Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden, were not present at the wedding ceremony.
Hunter was previously married to Kathleen Buhle between 1993 and 2017. The couple had three daughters together before their divorce. E! reports that Cohen is a native of South Africa and now lives in Los Angeles. The E! report adds that Hunter and his bride only met each other in May. Page Six reports that Melissa Cohen is a divorcee, just like her new husband.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Cohen’s Father Said His Daughter Is a ‘Very Special Girl’
Cohen’s father, Lee, told Page Six after news broke of her wedding to Hunter, “She seems very happy. I’ve only spoken to Hunter briefly. She’s a very special girl. She has lots of poise and she’s very present.” Cohen’s parents, Lee and Zoe, still reside in her hometown of Johannesburg. Across various posts on Cohen’s Facebook page, she is shown to be an animal rights activist who has traveled across the world. In a statement to the Daily Mail, Cohen’s brother said, “We are very happy for them and welcome Hunter to the family.”
2. Cohen Is No Fan of Donald Trump
On her Facebook page, Cohen has made several posts that are severely critical of U.S. President Donald Trump. In February 2018, Cohen posted a meme of her countryman Elon Musk, saying that Musk would not have been allowed to emigrate to the United States under Trump’s proposed immigration policies. While in November 2017, Cohen referred to Trump as an “evil orange goon” who was “doing his absolute best to destroy everything pure, right and natural… We will resist you.” That comment was in reference to Trump lifting the band on trophy hunters bringing dead elephants into the U.S. Trump rescinded that order in August 2018.
In reference to her father-in-law’s former boss, President Obama, Cohen posted a video of the unveiling of the Obama’s official portraits with the words, “The grace and class of these two is simply #goals on every Single level #americanroyals.”
3. The Reasons for Hunter’s Split From His Brother’s Widow Were Never Revealed
Page Six was the first to report that Hunter had split from his brother’s widow, Hallie, on April 30. The tabloid was the first to break the news that the couple was dating in 2017. At that time, Hunter Biden told Page Six, “Hallie and I are incredibly lucky to have found the love and support we have for each other in such a difficult time, and that’s been obvious to the people who love us most. We’ve been so lucky to have family and friends who have supported us every step of the way.” Beau Biden succumbed to brain cancer nine months before his brother started dating his widow. Vice President Joe Biden gave his blessing to the controversial relationship.
4. Hunter Biden Has Said That He Does Not Believe His Personal Life Would Affect His Father’s 2020 Chances
In March 2019, Hunter said in an interview with Vanity Fair that he did not believe his personal life would affect his father’s chances of defeating President Donald Trump in the 2020 election. Hunter maintained that his father has “always remained proud” of him. Hunter added, “My father has been a constant source of love and strength in my life.”
5. When Hunter Divorced From His Wife in 2017, Kathleen Buhle Accused Him of Spending Their Money on Prostitutes
Around the time that Hunter Biden’s relationship with his brother’s widow was revealed, Kathleen Buhle accused him of spending over $120,000 over the course of a two-month period on drugs, alcohol and prostitutes. The accusation in the couple’s divorce added that Hunter was allegedly spending money on “gifts for women with whom he has sexual relations,” according to People Magazine. While Page Six reported that Hunter was countering, alleging that Kathleen had been unfaithful during their marriage.