People are more curious than ever about Joe Biden’s personal life, especially when it comes to his relationships with his wife and kids. His wife Dr. Jill Biden is actually his second wife — he was previously married to another woman, who tragically died along with his daughter in a car crash in 1972. It’s also a second marriage for Jill, and unfortunately, her ex-husband Bill Stevenson is already throwing a wrench into Joe’s bid for the White House.
Jill and Joe Biden met in 1975, when she was still in college, after his brother Frank introduced them, per Vogue. Jill told the outlet all about the couple’s adorable meet-cute.
“I was a senior, and I had been dating guys in jeans and clogs and T-shirts, he came to the door and he had a sport coat and loafers, and I thought, ‘God, this is never going to work, not in a million years,'” Jill explained. “He was nine years older than I am! But we went out to see A Man and a Woman at the movie theater in Philadelphia, and we really hit it off. When we came home… he shook my hand good night… I went upstairs and called my mother at 1:00 a.m. and said, ‘Mom, I finally met a gentleman.'”
Jill and Joe married just two years later. If Biden was the gentleman, what about her ex Bill Stevenson? Here’s what we know.
Bill Stevenson says Joe and Jill Biden lie about how they met
In a new book, Bill Stevenson claims that he and Dr. Jill Biden worked on Joe Biden’s first campaign in 1972. He said, per The Daily Mail, “Jill and I sat in the Bidens’ kitchen. We worked on his campaign. I gave $10,900 to his first campaign — in cash.”
At the time, Biden was still married to his late wife. But Stevenson thinks that Joe and Jill’s romance sparked then, as he claims that they grew suspiciously close and a man saw them driving around in a car together. Stevenson said that he asked Jill to leave the house afterward. He added, “I considered Joe a friend. I’m not surprised he fell in love with Jill. Everyone who meets Jill falls in love with her immediately. It’s hard not to.”
Both Jill and Joe Biden deny that they had an affair. Jill tells a different story about her marriage to Bill Stevenson in her book, per The Daily Mail. They tied the knot when she was just 18 years old and she says it quickly fell apart. “We were young, and it didn’t take long before we grew in different directions. I tried to make the relationship work. I thought I could will our marriage back to life,” she writes. But it didn’t work.
No matter how they met, the Bidens have been together for well over four decades, so something must be working.
Bill Stevenson died and came back to life
When he’s not writing tell-all memoirs, Bill Stevenson is also an entrepreneur. He founded a horticultural business called Sticky Pots and he invented a plant “support system,” per The Daily Mail, that he sold to Scotts Miracle-Gro. Before that, he founded a live music club called the Stone Balloon in Newark, Delaware, which Rolling Stone once called the “best-kept secret in rock and roll” (via Town Square Delaware). Stevenson played football at the University of Delaware, and he also won a gold medal for shot putting in the National Senior Games.
In 2018, Stevenson suffered a “massive” heart attack in New York City, according to ABC News. He actually died for six minutes before being revived, per The Daily Mail. After he got better, he dedicated himself to making sure every police squad car has a defibrillator in it.
“I’d already started the book,” Stevenson told The Daily Mail of the scary incident. “I came back from the dead to finish it.”
Stevenson is obviously quite the character, even if he and Jill Biden didn’t work out.
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