- South Africa has a connection to the US President-elect Joe Biden through his daughter-in-law, Melissa Cohen
- Joe's son Hunter Biden married South African beauty Melissa in a secret ceremony in Los Angeles last year
- Melissa is a Joburg girl who moved to the States in her early 20s to continue her studies in film making
United States President-elect Joe Biden has a South African daughter-in-law. Biden's second son Hunter married the South African stunner in a secret ceremony last year. Melissa is from Johannesburg.
According to reports, the couple married within a week of meeting each other. The 33-year-old beauty has one child with 50-year-old Hunter who was born earlier this year. There are many conflicting reports surrounding Melissa's childhood.
One of those reports said she was adopted into her Joburg family and that her mother is a social worker. We do however know that Melissa is a proud Jewish woman. She and her hubby even have matching Hebrew tattoos that read "Shalom".
According to Business Insider, Melissa was previously married to entrepreneur Jason Landver but they divorced within two years of marriage. Cape Town etc reported that Cohen is a naturalised American citizen and a qualified documentary filmmaker.
Melissa is also reportedly very passionate about the environment and other social justice issues like raising awareness around endangered animal species. The Sun reported that she co-owns a company whose purpose is to promote indigenous conservation.
Melissa has been catapulted into the limelight since voting concluded in the US presidential elections. Many South Africans have taken to social media to share the news that a Saffa has a connection to the White House. Take a look at some Melissa-related tweets below:
@PortiaW10406418 tweeted before Biden's win:
"Looks like South Africans are about to become step-children of America... Just a few votes to go before Melissa Cohen's father-in-law becomes US president."
"Melissa Cohen is a South African activist and filmmaker, best known as the wife of one of the top lawyers based in the USA named Hunter Biden."
Briefly.co.za previously reported on Melissa in an article about Biden's children. It was reported that Hunter was previously married to Kathleen Buhle, with whom he had three children, Naomi Biden, Finnegan Biden, and Maisy Biden, but he and Kathleen divorced in 2017.
He married Melissa Cohen in 2019. He and Melissa had their first child in March. They got married in a week of that without the presence of family and friends. He later told his father and the rest of the family about his wife.
Hunter’s personal life has also made headlines due to his struggles with drugs and alcohol, as per ABC News, as well as his divorce from his ex-wife. He also reportedly had a relationship with his late brother's wife.
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