Ilhan Omar files for divorce from husband Ahmed Hirsi amid affair allegations
The report of the divorce comes amid allegations that the Minnesota Congresswoman had an affair with a DC-based political consultant.
Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has reportedly filed for divorce from her husband and father of her three children, Ahmed Hirsi. The report of the divorce comes amid allegations that the Minnesota Congresswoman had an affair with DC-based political consultant Tim Mynett.
Omar reportedly filed for the split on Friday in Minnesota, according to The New York Post.
The news comes nearly after a month of reports of Hirsi looking to file for divorce after the alleged affair revelation. The Post, last month, reported their source, a close friend of the estranged couple, as saying that Hirsi was determined to officially separate from the Minnesota Representative after it was revealed in a bombshell court filing that Omar allegedly had an affair with Mynett.
Omar and Hirsi allegedly separated in March, and she asked Hirsi to divorce her at the time because she did not want to file the papers. Reports state that Hirsi refused, saying that if she wanted a divorce, she should do it herself. Their friend of 20 years reportedly told the outlet that Hirsi eventually changed his mind after Mynett's wife filed divorce papers last week, claiming that her husband was having an affair with Omar. Hirsi allegedly became unhappy after the report came out because the allegations of an extramarital affair made him look like a fool.
"I’m surprised he hasn’t filed already,” the friend told the outlet. The source also said that the whole incident left Hirsi "very confused" because he still loved his wife and was not willing to expose their three children to a public divorce battle. After the bombshell report of her alleged affair, the 37-year-old Congresswoman, in an interview with CBS affiliate WCCO, had insisted that she was still with her husband and denied any allegation that she was having an affair with Mynett.
The pair, however, had been living apart since; around the same time she was spotted having dinner with Mynett at a restaurant in California. The source said their separation was an "open secret" in town and Omar has moved into a luxury condo in downtown Minneapolis, living away from her husband. Meanwhile, Hirsi, a senior policy aide to a Minneapolis city councilwoman, is said to be switching his stay between friends’ houses and the luxury condo when Omar is not in town. The source added that their children were currently spending time with their grandfather.
The estranged couple was first engaged in 2002, however, they never legally married and instead had a traditional Muslim wedding ceremony and had two children before splitting up in 2008. Omar, the subsequent year, married "British citizen" Ahmed Nur Said Elmi. They eventually split up and Omar got back together with Hirsi and had a third child in 2012. She officially divorced Elmi in 2017, and legally married Hirsi in 2018. The source told the outlet that the couple began having marital problems ever since she took office earlier this year.