Does Jill Biden have kids? FLOTUS has daughter with president, also embraced Joe's 2 sons from first wife
After marrying Joe Biden in 1977, Jill gave birth to Ashley Blazer Biden in 1981 but also embraced Joe's two sons as her own. She even gave up her teaching job for two years to raise the kids
Jill Biden, the first lady of America, has been with President Joe Biden since 1977. Despite being a full-time educator and always in the spotlight because of her husband's lengthy political career, the 69-year-old never allowed external forces and pressure to shake familial bonds.
Born in Hammonton, New Jersey in 1951 and raised in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia, Jill was once married to Bill Stevenson. But they were together for only four years after tying the knot in 1970, started living separately in 1974, and got divorced the next year.
She then went on to attend the University of Delaware, to get a bachelor’s degree. She was a college senior when she met Joe Biden for the first time in March 1975 on a blind date arranged by Joe's brother, Frank.
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At that time, Joe was going through a difficult phase as he lost his first wife Neilia, and his infant daughter, Naomi, in a car accident in 1972. He was a single parent to sons, Beau and Hunter. However, the romance between Jill and Joe soon blossomed and they exchanged vows in 1977. Soon after, Jill gave birth to a baby girl in 1981, who they named Ashley Blazer Biden. She had no children in her previous marriage to Stevenson.
But after she married Joe, she had embraced Joe's two sons as her own. She even gave up her teaching job for two years to raise the kids.
Tragically Beau, who had a remarkable military career and became the 44th attorney general of Delaware, died in 2015 at age of 46 after a battle with brain cancer. After his death, the first couple was devastated.
In her DNC speech, Jill said, “After our son, Beau, died of cancer, I wondered if I would ever smile or feel joy again. It was summer, but there was no warmth left for me.”
She also noted how bravely Joe tackled the difficult situation. “There are times when I couldn’t imagine how he did it—how he put one foot in front of the other and kept going. But I’ve always understood why he did it.” Not just Jill, but her daughter Ashley is also very close to her brothers.
Just before she became America's first daughter, the 39-year-old social worker talked about her late brother Beau in an interview. She said: “He was such a fine man, and he was such a man of integrity, but he also had a fun, goofy side and a great sense of humor. I just miss being with him, being in the same room, saying nothing. He was 46 when he passed, Dad will be the 46th president.”
Ashley went on to describe how she and her father had experienced a moment of spiritual connection with Beau while campaigning. “I remember when we were in South Carolina, things weren’t looking so great, and [my father and I] went and found a small community church, we didn’t tell anybody, we just went in by ourselves, and sat in the very back."
She continued: "And the song that reminds Dad [of Beau] is 'He Will Raise You Up on Eagle’s Wings,' and all of the sudden in this small little church, it is the song. Dad and I looked at each other, started bawling, hugged, and were like, 'This is Beau,'" she added.