According to an excerpt of Buhle’s book, her daughters discovered text messages on their father’s phone with Hallie Biden, Beau’s widow. Buhle drove to their therapist’s house after receiving a distressed call from one daughter, asking her to come there.
With one daughter there and one on speakerphone, their therapist, Debbie, was asked to break the news to Buhle about the affair. “Can you tell her? We can’t do it,” one daughter said to Debbie, according to an excerpt of the memoir published in People magazine.
Buhle wrote that Debbie looked her in the eye and said, “Hunter’s having an affair with Hallie.” She described watching her daughter’s face relax after they told her the news.
“If anything, I felt a strange vindication. Not only had I not been crazy, but it was so much worse than I could have imagined. I was shocked, but not heartbroken. Heartbreak had already flattened my self-esteem that past year,” Buhle said, according to the excerpt. Debbie told Buhle that they had called Hunter and told him that they knew about the affair.
Buhle said that it was a “relief” that there were “no more secrets.”
She also detailed the relationship between the two following the death of Beau. Hunter spent a lot of time with Hallie after the funeral, she wrote.
After Buhle found a crack pipe in an ashtray, she made Hunter move out. She detailed her “own kind of addiction,” which consisted of watching Biden’s every move in terms of credit card charges. He told her that he was “healthy and sober.”
“I didn’t want to admit, to myself or anyone else, how unhealthy our relationship had become, so my struggle was just one more secret,” Buhle wrote.
People asked her about the “Justice Department investigation into his finances and business affairs” and Buhle said, “Whether or not I’m questioned, I couldn’t be of any help…I kept my head so deeply buried in the sand on our finances.”
In the memoir she wrote, “He started many ventures . . . a real estate investment fund and then a technology company. I didn’t understand any of it, or what pieces of his businesses actually generated income for us. I worried that we lived above our means, but I did nothing to change it. The way that Hunter and I handled money was that whenever I needed any, I called Hunter. More than once my debit card was declined at a store. 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.”