Hunter Biden has revealed that he is considering writing a sequel to his autobiography, despite the heavily promoted book selling only 10,600 copies in its first week.
Biden’s memoir, Beautiful Things, went on sale April 6, with the 51-year-old paying an advance of $ 2 million.
Despite a media blitz, with appearances on CBS, Jimmy Kimmel, CNN and the BBC, the book was not a hit – it ranked 12th in its first week in the hardback nonfiction category.
Still, Biden said he was considering a follow-up.
I spoke to Bryony Gordon of The Telegraph, before the Mad World podcast, Biden was asked how his wife Melissa Cohen, a South African filmmaker, had saved him.
Hunter Biden is portrayed with his wife Melissa, a South African filmmaker
Hunter and Melissa (left), with baby Beau, and Hunter’s father Joe Biden on March 26
Biden met Cohen in Los Angeles in May 2019 and told her he was a crack addict. She replied that he was no longer there and then took him home to clean it.
“That’s Book Two,” he said.
“That’s where the book ends, but the one thing I really feel almost obligated to talk about or write about in the future is where the real hard work begins.”
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Biden and Cohen were immediately married: less than a week had passed since the day they met when Biden asked her to become his wife. The ceremony took place a day later.
“I’ve been incredibly lucky,” said Biden.
‘At that moment, at that opportunity, at that moment from a life raft, I grabbed someone to rescue me.
“The real hard work – not just for the addict, but most of all for the person taking care of them.”
Biden said Cohen confiscated his wallet, car keys, and even his clothes so he couldn’t escape and buy drugs.
He said he was incredibly grateful to her for that.
“You had to have someone there who was willing to make sure you wouldn’t give in to that urge 24/7,” he said.
“That was a full-time job, and I am forever grateful to her for being willing to do that hard work.”
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Biden told Gordon that he was in a really good place mentally and described how he woke up at 6 in the morning to look at their son Beau, named after his dead brother, and to paint.
He said he wrote the book to tell others who are struggling, “you are not unique, you are not alone.”
He admitted, however, that his situation was unreal, as the son of the vice president, now president.
When asked what it felt like to have Donald Trump use his addiction as a weapon during the election and try to prevent his father from running for president, Hunter Biden said it was an ineffective tool.
Joe Biden with his son Hunter, seen in January 2009
Hunter’s business dealings, particularly in Ukraine, where he sat on the board of a gas company for $ 50,000 a month while his father was vice president, raised eyebrows.
Some accused Joe Biden of corruption, although he always insisted he had no idea what his son was up to.
Last week, it emerged that Hunter still has a stake in a Chinese private equity firm, according to a report – despite a campaign promise that neither he nor his family would retain any foreign business interests.
Hunter retains a 10 percent in the Bohai Harvest RST Equity Investment Fund Management Company, Fox News reported.
BHR Partners is co-owned by the Bank of China, the state-controlled central bank.
In February, the White House said divestment took time.
Hunter described the intense focus on him and his business dealings as ‘comical’ and ‘exaggerated’, mocking Trump’s allies as ‘cartoon characters of his own’.
He said, “It had the exact opposite effect than they intended.
“I think what they were up to: they knew that nothing was more important to my father than family.”
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He said their announcement was, “We reveal Hunter Biden is hooked.”
Hunter continued: ‘I’m addicted. I had a drug problem.
Once I took that from them and lived in the light of my truth, there was nothing else that could hurt me. Nothing could break the armor of my family’s unconditional love.
“It had the exact opposite effect of what they thought it would have.”
Hunter shared how his father raised the issue of his son’s situation during one of the presidential debates.
‘There is a moment when the former president in the debate attacks me about my addiction, and my dad looks at the camera and says,’ my son has an addiction and he’s recovering, and I’m proud of him – we’re all proud at him ‘.
‘And I don’t know how many people contacted me and said, he spoke right to me.
“I don’t know anyone who hasn’t had someone they love, or someone they know has the same struggle.”
The businessman said the attention to him was sometimes ‘comical’.
He added: ‘I mean, so overly comical.
“They are cartoon characters of their own.”