A new report from the investigative newsmagazine Inside Edition revealed Joe and Jill Biden’s relationship may have began as an affair.
As the story goes, less than two months after Joe Biden won his first election to the U.S. Senate in 1972 his first wife Neilia and their one-year-old daughter were tragically killed in a car accident.
Three years later, Joe Biden’s brother gave him recently divorced Jill’s phone number in an attempt to set them up on a blind date. They went out on a date and the rest was history.
However, Bill Stevenson who was married to Jill until May of 1975 tells a different account of how Joe and Jill’s relationship began.
According to Stevenson, he and Jill met Joe in 1972 when he was a member of the city council in New Castle, DE. In fact, he threw a political fundraiser for the up-and-coming politician.
Three years before the alleged blind date, Stevenson suspected something.
Jill canceled plans with Bill Stevenson to meet Bruce Springsteen at the live music venue Stevenson owned to allegedly babysit (Inside Edition):
“She said, ‘Joe asked me to keep an eye on the boys.’ And I just thought in the back of my mind, ‘hmm!’” Stevenson said.
Then, one day, Stevenson says a man came into his bar and asked him to pay damages for a fender bender that involved Jill.
“He looks at me and he says, ‘Oh, she wasn’t driving.’ I said, ‘Her beloved Corvette, she wasn’t driving it?’ He goes, ‘Senator Biden was driving it.’ And I went, ‘What?’” Stevenson said.
Stevenson said he confronted Jill at the time, but “she didn’t say anything” and “just looked at me.”
After the incident, Stevenson asked Jill to get her own place. The couples divorce decree was issued in May of 1975
Jill Biden has denied the allegations to Inside Edition through a spokesperson by claiming the claims are “fictitious” and are motivated by Stevenson’s aim to “sell and promote” his book.
The spokesman said Jill separated from Stevenson “irreconcilably” and moved out in the fall of 1974 then Biden and Jill had their first date in March of 1975.