Who is Katie Hill dating? A look at abusive ex Kenny Heslep, nude photos, ‘throuple’ scandal and Playboy writer
Amid the new set of allegations of workplace abuse on Twitter, here's a glimpse of Katie Hill's personal life and her relationship history
Katherine Lauren Hill, popularly known as Katie Hill, was targetted with a series of “workplace abuse” allegations as she claimed her government official Twitter account was “hacked”. “Control of my account was immediately handed back to the House Clerk when I resigned, including password changes and access restrictions. God knows who hacked it from there. Reported to @twitter,” she posted from her private Twitter account @KatieHill4CA.
The allegations claimed Hill can be both “a victim and perpetrator” and went on to say that she is “not a hero for women.” The anonymous former staff who allegedly hacked her account said, “Katie took advantage of her subordinates. She caused immense harm to the people who worked for her, many of whom were young women just beginning their careers in politics,” adding, “While Katie is certainly the survivor of abuse, we are not confident that she sufficiently acted to end her own patterns of inappropriate and abusive behavior.”
Thanks to all who let me know my government official twitter account was hacked. Control of my account was immediately handed back to the House Clerk when I resigned, including password changes and access restrictions. God knows who hacked it from there. Reported to @twitter.— Katie Hill (@KatieHill4CA) October 7, 2020
Amid the entire fiasco and news of a streaming film adaptation of her book 'She Will Rise: Becoming a Warrior in the Battle for True Equality', here's a glimpse of her personal life and her relationship history.
When Hill first stepped into the political arena, she was dubbed as “a young bisexual woman trying to unseat one of the most anti-LGBTQ members of Congress” in an Advocate report. She came out in her early years and had faced much pressure to remain closeted as she was married to a man. Coming out “was a huge decision early on,” she told the outlet and added, “I’ve been out as being bi since I was a teenager, right after high school.”
Back in 2018, she created history when she defeated Republican incumbent Steve Knight, 51.3 percent to 48.7 percent. Not only was she the first queer woman elected to Congress from California, but she was also one of the only two LGBTQ women in the House of Representatives along with Sharice Davids.
At 18, she found out she was pregnant. “It's not something I ever thought would happen to me,” she said when she opened up about it in 2017. She also said that her family, friends, and boyfriend Kenny Heslep — to whom she was later married — were fully supportive of whatever decision she made, but despite it, she never felt “more alone” than that, a PopSugar report claims.
In 2010, she exchanged vows with her artist-boyfriend and they lived on their farm in Agua Dulce, California, where they fostered rescue animals. The pair, who were together for nine years, was reportedly in an “abusive” marriage and he even leaked her naked photographs which showed her being intimate with a campaign staffer — identified as Morgan Desjardins — in 2019 before filing for divorce. The Daily Mail published those photos and claimed shortly afterward that Morgan was in a three-way relationship with Hill and her husband Kenny Heslep.
As per Washington Examiner, Heslep complained that before marriage she “advised me that she wanted me to be a house husband.” He also claimed that he had been unemployed since 2014 Heslep and went back to taking care of their pets. He also claimed that she told him their relationship was “over” after winning the election to represent the congressional district in 2018. She took their “only operable vehicle and left me stranded at our residence,” Heslep said in the complaint, adding, “I have had no funds from [Hill] to pay for my living expense for a period of approximately four weeks after she left me, until July 3, 2019,” Heslep wrote.
After she was accused of having an “inappropriate” affair with the campaign staffer, she dished out a public apology. “I know that even a consensual relationship with a subordinate is inappropriate, but I still allowed it to happen despite my better judgment,” Hill wrote. “For that, I apologize. I wish nothing but the best for her and hope everyone respects her privacy in this difficult time.”
She continued, “I am going through a divorce from an abusive husband who seems determined to try to humiliate me. I am disgusted that my opponents would seek to exploit such a private matter for political gain. This coordinated effort to try to destroy me and the people close to me is despicable and will not succeed. I, like many women who have faced attacks like this before, am stronger than those who want me to be afraid.”
Her ex-husband did not stop there. “Why has she been sleeping with her (male) finance director for the past year at least?” Heslep asked in a now-deleted Facebook post last year. Identified as Graham Kelly, he worked as a campaign finance director and was her legislative director later on. Denying that Kelly was ever her alleged lover, she called the claims of an affair with him “absolutely false.”
The California congresswoman resigned in October and moved on from her notorious “throuple” relationship to dating a Playboy writer Alex Thomas. “They arrived together, they were together all night, and they left together,” a spy exclusively told Page Six in February 2020 after the two were spotted at the Upper East Side party for Lachlan Markay and Asawin Suebsaeng’s book 'Sinking the Swamp'. However, when Thomas was contacted, he said he and Hill “were just pals.”
An elaborate interview in The Cut too revealed that she had begun a romantic relationship with Thomas, a political writer she met in DC and went on a beach vacation together. “There was this overwhelming sense then that, like, this is perfect,” she said in the interview. “I feel so happy and I feel like I’ve accomplished so much and I’m doing this important work. And, like, it can’t really get better than this, and maybe this is the point that I should just check out, right?”
The interview also detailed how Thomas saved her from slashing her wrists during the scandal. In March 2020, Page Six reported she had a “new girlfriend.” Well, her life has been nothing short of controversies and now she is at the center of more allegations. Sigh!