Hunter Biden news live: President’s son’s book reveals addiction battle
Hunter Biden news live: President’s son’s book reveals addiction battle
Hunter Biden opens up about relationship with brother Beau’s widow
Hunter Biden, the son of US president Joe Biden, publishes his new memoir Beautiful Things on Tuesday in which he recounts his long-running battle with drink and drugs, the grief of losing his mother as a child and later his elder brother Beau and the attacks he suffered from Donald Trump and his conspiracy-minded supporters.
In his latest interview to promote the book, Mr Biden told the BBC: “There’s something at the centre of each addict that’s missing, that they feel that they need to fill… Nothing can possibly fill it. And so you numb yourself.” Describing a low after Beau’s death from a brain tumour in 2015, he explained: “My brother had just died, I’d separated with my wife, I was in an apartment by myself, and I was basically drinking myself to death. It was awful. I mean, grief does funny things. And combine that with addiction and it is a really hard thing to overcome.”
“My life is not a tabloid,” he told Radio 4’s Today programme of his extraordinary story. “I don’t belong to an administration, I belong to a family.” He said his book is about “the love of a family and how it saved me,” adding: “We’re going through two pandemics right now… there’s the pandemic of coronavirus, and there’s a pandemic of addiction too.”
Biden Jr on Trump: ‘A vile man on a vile mission’
One of the most searing moments in Beautiful Things is the lawyer’s attack on President Trump, who, quite frankly, had it coming.
“He pushed debunked conspiracy theories about work I did in Ukraine and China, even as his own children had pocketed millions in China and Russia and his former campaign manager [Paul Manafort] sat in a jail cell for laundering millions more from Ukraine,” Hunter Biden writes.
“None of that matters in an up-is-down Orwellian political climate. Trump believed that if he could destroy me, and by extension my father, he could dispatch any candidate of decency from either party, all while diverting attention from his own corrupt behaviour.”
He continues: “I became a proxy for Donald Trump’s fear that he wouldn’t be re-elected.”
“It was a predictable enough tactic. I expected the president to get far more personal far earlier to exploit the demons and addictions I’ve dealt with for years.”
Joe Sommerlad6 April 2021 11:15
‘I probably smoked more parmesan cheese than anyone that you know’
Hunter Biden’s memoir is nothing if not candid.
This is from the prologue of Beautiful Things, to give you an idea:
“I’m a 51-year-old father who helped raise three beautiful daughters. I’ve bought crack cocaine on the streets of Washington, DC, and cooked up my own inside a hotel bungalow in Los Angeles. I’ve been so desperate for a drink that I couldn’t make the one-block walk between a liquor store and my apartment without uncapping the bottle to take a swig. In the last five years alone, my two-decades-long marriage has dissolved, guns have been put in my face, and at one point I dropped clean off the grid, living in $59-a-night Super 8 motels off I-95 while scaring my family even more than myself.”
Again speaking to CBS, he added this detail about the depths of his crack cocaine addiction, describing himself scrabbling on the floor and picking through carpets in search of stray traces of the drug in the grip of feverish desperation.
Joe Sommerlad6 April 2021 10:55
President’s son reveals dad carried out drugs intervention with him during 2020 campaign
Here’s Gino Spocchia on Hunter’s account of his father reaching out to him in the middle of election campaigning.
Speaking to CBS this week and elaborating on an anecdote in Beautiful Things, the author described Biden Sr chasing him down the driveway of the family home in Wilmington, Delaware, following an argument.
“I tried to go to my car, and my girls literally blocked the door to my car, and said: ‘Dad, Dad, please. You can’t. No, no,” he recalled in the interview with Anthony Mason, becoming teary.
“He grabbed me – gave a bear hug, and he said – and just cried, and said – ‘I don’t know what to do. I don’t know what to do. Please’.’”
Joe Sommerlad6 April 2021 10:30
Hunter Biden on his relationship with brother’s widow: ‘It came out of overwhelming grief’
Let’s take a look at some of the key passages in Beautiful Things in detail.
First up, here’s Namita Singh on what the president’s son has to say about his short-lived affair with Hallie Biden following Beau’s death from a brain tumour in 2015.
Joe Sommerlad6 April 2021 10:05
Rudy Giuliani claims Biden book ‘reveals many crimes ignored by the crooked media and FBI’
The president’s disgraced former attorney (once considered “America’s mayor”), who flew to Ukraine in spring 2018 in search of “evidence” to support his ludicrous Hunter Biden conspiracy theory cottage industry, is already out there attacking his new addiction memoir.
Another Trump crony, ex-US ambassador to Germany and acting national intelligence director Richard Grenell, has also been on the attack.
CNN’s media pundit Brian Stelter, no stranger to the political biography, is unsurprisingly more positive.
Shawn McCreesh of The New York Times calls it “Pulp Nonfiction”.
Joe Sommerlad6 April 2021 09:45
President’s son talks Trump, Burisma and ‘the pandemic of addiction’
In his latest interview to promote the book with the BBC, Hunter Biden said he had no regrets over serving on the board of the Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma despite Donald Trump seeking to drum up conflict of interest concerns over his role, given that his father, then the US vice president, was calling out corporate corruption in the country.
Biden did admit that he “missed… the perception that I would create. I know that it is hard to believe with 2020 hindsight how I could possibly have missed that”.
“My life is not a tabloid,” he told Mishal Husain for Radio 4’s Today programme of his extraordinary story. “I don’t belong to an administration, I belong to a family.”
He said his book is about “the love of a family and how it saved me,” adding that he took full responsibility for “creating a story… that anyone conscious would know would be a tabloid sensation” and that: “We’re going through two pandemics right now… there’s the pandemic of coronavirus, and there’s a pandemic of addiction too.”
On the death of his brother and its catalytic effect on his drug use, Biden told Husain is sent him to “a really dark, dark place”.
“There’s something at the centre of each addict that’s missing, that they feel that they need to fill… Nothing can possibly fill it. And so you numb yourself,” he said.
“My brother had just died, I’d separated with my wife, I was in an apartment by myself, and I was basically drinking myself to death. It was awful. I mean, grief does funny things. And combine that with addiction and it is a really hard thing to overcome.”
He spoke fondly of his father, saying the president “intuitively knew what to say” and that he expects him to run again in 2024 when he will be 82: “My dad is younger than me in his physical and mental capacity… I don’t know anyone that has more energy.”
“I think what people see in the Biden family is their family. I think that they see all of the tragedy in loss, but they see all the love and sincerity. And I think that they see that we’re not much different than any other family out there,” he added.
Joe Sommerlad6 April 2021 09:25
Hunter Biden’s frank new memoir published detailing drink and drugs battle
The son of US president Joe Biden publishes his new memoir Beautiful Things on Tuesday in which he recounts his long-running battle with drink and drugs, the grief of losing his mother as a child and later his elder brother Beau and the attacks he suffered from Donald Trump and his conspiracy-minded allies.
Here are all the revelations the author has discussed in advance on his extensive media tour to promote the book.
Joe Sommerlad6 April 2021 09:05
Good morning and welcome to The Independent’s coverage of Hunter Biden’s stark new memoir and the wild world of American politics.
Joe Sommerlad6 April 2021 08:52