Hunter Biden, the son of US President Joe Biden, looked back on his public struggle between drugs and alcoholism, saying his life was “not a tabloid.”
“I’m not in the administration, I’m in the family,” he told the BBC.
He was responsible for “creating a story … anyone conscious would know that it would be a tabloid sensation.”
He also talked about the scrutiny he and his father faced about their work with the Ukrainian energy company Brisma.
Mr. Biden was a board member of Brisma, Joe Biden was the Vice President of the United States, and a key figure in the Obama administration’s US-Ukraine affairs.
“Subject of criticism”
These commerce made him a frequent target of Republican criticism during the 2020 campaign and was the center of the first impeachment of former President Donald Trump.
The impeachment investigation focused on Mr. Trump’s conversation with the Ukrainian president, who seemed to pressure him to begin an investigation into Bydens. The call came shortly after Mr. Trump blocked the release of military aid to Ukraine.
“I missed the perception I would create,” Biden said in retrospect while defending his status in Brisma.
“I know in hindsight after 20/20 that I can’t believe why I missed it,” the 51-year-old BBC said in an interview.
Although no criminal activity by Bidens has been proven, senior US State Department officials have expressed concern about potential conflicts of interest dating back to 2015.
Last year’s U.S. Republican survey Hunter Biden’s job at a Ukrainian company turned out to be “problematic” However, he concluded that there was no evidence that US foreign policy was affected by it. The report also claimed that Biden’s relatives “funded Joe Biden’s Vice President.”
The report was accused by Utah Republican Senator Mitt Romney, one of Mr. Trump’s most vocal critics in Congress, who described it as a “political exercise.”
Mr Biden admitted that his father’s name “opened a door that no one else could open.” But he said this was “both privilege and burden”.
Biden told the BBC prior to the release of his new memoir, Coisa Mais Linda, that he would like to write about “family love and how it saved me.”
“And, as you know, we’re currently experiencing two pandemics … there’s a coronavirus pandemic, and there’s an addiction pandemic,” he said.
“Dark, dark place”
Biden’s mother and sister died in a car accident in 1972, and he and his brother survived. In an interview, he talked about the link between his trauma and his drug and alcoholism.
“There’s something missing in the heart of each addict, and they feel they need to meet … maybe they can’t fill it, and you paralyze yourself,” he said. Told.
After his brother Bo died of cancer in 2015 He said, “I got down to a really dark, dark place.”
“My brother had just died, I broke up with my wife, I was alone in my apartment, basically drinking and dying. It was terrible. That is, sadness does strange things, and overcomes it in combination with addiction. It’s really hard to do. “
He added that while the fight against addiction made him the target of tabloid stories and political attacks, it was also something that people across the country could be involved in.
“I think it’s the family that Biden’s family sees. I think all the tragedy is lost, but I see all the love and honesty, and that we’re not much different from others. I think you understand. There are other families too. “
“Story of Hope”
In anticipation of Mr. Trump’s addiction in the first election debate, Mr. Biden said both he and his father “intuitively knew what to say.”
“Dad, you know, this is our story, and it’s a story of love. It’s a story of hope. It’s a story that so many people are experiencing right now. Just talk to them, you And my honesty about where we are, I think it resonates with the American people.
“It was a heartfelt, not a political calculation.”
Looking to his future, Mr Biden said the addiction “never left”, but many addicts “continued to do incredibly wonderful, wonderful and amazing things.”
“It’s time for us to start seeing addiction as a mental health issue rather than an ethical or moral issue,” he said.
Asked about the possibility of his father running for reelection at the age of 82, he said, “My father is younger than me in physical and mental abilities … I don’t know anyone with more energy.” Stated.