Honesty is the best policy.
And Hunter Biden delivers transparent honesty about his demons — alcohol and drug addiction have haunted him – in his book, “Beautiful Things,” due out April 6.
Let’s take a look.
- He spiraled at the hotel where John Belushi died. According to The Sun, a U.K. tabloid, Hunter reportedly learned how to “cook crack” at L.A.’s Chateau Marmont.
- He details his relationship with Beau’s widow, Hallie Biden.
- He began drinking at the age of 8.
- He found love again with new wife, Melissa, whom he credits for getting him back on the winding path to sobriety.
Hunter Biden and his brother, Beau, were in the 1972 car accident that killed his baby sister and mother. He couldn’t quite grasp the enormity of the emotions and their after-effects.
“I don’t see that tragic moment as necessarily resulting in behaviors that lent themselves to addiction,” he writes. “But I do have a better understanding of why I feel the way I do sometimes.”
After his third daughter, Maisy, was born in 2000 to then-wife Kathleen, he started to drink more heavily.
He went to rehab, but relapsed in November 2010.
After Beau died, everything Hunter Biden did “for the next four years, resulted in me stumbling, then sliding, then racing downhill.”
In the spring of 2018, he used his “superpower – finding crack anytime, anywhere” – in Los Angeles. “I was smoking crack every 15 minutes,” he writes.
It wasn’t until he met Melissa Cohen – now his wife — in Los Angeles that he got sober again. She had the same eyes as Beau, Hunter wrote.
Beau’s mantra was “Beautiful Things” during his illness.
“It was our code for a renewed outlook on life,” Hunter writes. Shortly before Beau died, Hunter promised him he would stay strong and sober.