Joe Biden and his wife Jill lied to the world for more than 40 years about how they started dating – they actually had an affair that broke up their first marriage, claims their first husband.
And the whole story the Bidens tell about how the presidential candidate fell in love with Jill after a blind date, Bill Stevenson told DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview.
Now Stevenson is about to publish a book that he says will blow up the bogus story.
"I don't want to hurt anyone," said 72-year-old Stevenson at his home in Wilmington, Delaware, the city that Biden has lived in for half a century. "But facts are facts and what happened happened."
Joe Biden and his wife Jill lied to the world for more than 40 years about how they started dating – they actually had an affair that broke up their first marriage, claims their first husband
The way the Bidens tell their story, Joe saw a picture of Jill in March 1975 – after their marriage collapsed – and they started dating and have been together ever since
But her ex-husband Bill Stevenson told DailyMail.com that her story about how the presidential candidate fell in love with Jill after a blind date was made up
Stevenson holds the title of his book close to his chest. He said he hadn't decided whether to post before or after the election. "It's ready to go," he said. & # 39; You can print 30,000 copies in 10 days.
“I really don't want to hurt Jill's chances of becoming first lady. She would make an excellent first lady – but that's my story.
"It is not a bitter book – I am not bitter because without my divorce I would never have met my wife Linda and she is the best in my life – but it contains facts that do not exist." It's not pleasant to Jill and Joe.
"People ask me how I can go back 40 years, but I'm not, I go back 72 years to tell my life story," added Stevenson, who founded The Stone Balloon, a famous live music club nearby the University of Delaware.
Rolling Stone once called it "the best kept secret in rock and roll". Some of the biggest names in music, including the Allman Brothers, Metallica, Ray Charles, Run DMC, the Dave Matthews Band, David Crosby, Bonnie Raitt and Hootie and the Blowfish, have played there in their 30-plus year history.
"The book is about 300 pages long and Jill only takes about 80 of them," said Stevenson.
Stevenson married Jill Jacobs in 1970. "It was February, I think it was the 7th," he told DailyMail.com.
Two years later, he said, the couple were working on what was then New Castle County Councilman Biden's first campaign for the Senate.
At the time, Biden was married to his first wife, Neilia, who, along with their one-year-old daughter Naomi, died in a car accident between the elections and Biden's assumption of office in the Senate.
At the time, Biden was married to his first wife, Neilia, who, along with their one-year-old daughter Naomi, died in a car accident between the elections and Biden's assumption of office in the Senate. Pictured: Biden with his two sons during a performance in the Democratic State in the summer of 1972. The focus is on his wife Neilia, who was killed in a car accident in December
Pictured: the remains of the car in which Biden's first wife and daughter were killed. Neilia Biden and her daughter were killed when the family station wagon was hit broadside by a flatbed truck on the highway
"Jill and I were sitting in the Biden's kitchen," said Stevenson, who describes himself as a Liberal Republican despite voting for Barack Obama and Biden in both 2008 and 2012. "We worked on his campaign.
"I gave his first campaign $ 10,900 in cash."
Stevenson, who appeared with Biden on Delaware Today's 50 Most Influential People in Delaware List in 2012, said he originally intended to work for incumbent Republican Senator Caleb Boggs, who was expected to easily win re-election.
"But I had a disagreement with Boggs about corruption in Delaware and he told me, 'Get out of my office. Go work for that joke Biden, "which was only about 20 percent in the polls at the time."
Biden eventually took the win with just over 3,000 votes – 1.4 percent – and ran a campaign in which he contrasted 63-year-old Boggs with his youth and energy. He admitted that he did not want to run for a third term and only because President Richard Nixon pleaded with him. Biden, only 29 years old on election day, became the sixth youngest US Senator in history.
Stevenson said he first suspected that Biden and Jill were having an affair in August 1974. He was then 26 years old, Jill was 23 years old, and Joe was 31 years old.
"I know exactly when it was," he said. Bruce Springsteen wanted to play at The Stone Balloon, and I had to go to northern New Jersey to prepay him.
I asked Jill to go with me and she said no – she had things to do, she had to take care of Joe's children, Beau and Hunter. It was a big deal getting to know Springsteen. Little did I know she and Joe were so friendly.
Then one of her best friends told me that she thought Joe and Jill were getting too close. I was surprised that she came to me. & # 39;
Stevenson married Jill Jacobs in 1970. "It was February, I think it was the 7th," he told DailyMail.com. Two years later, he said, the couple were working on what was then New Castle County Councilman Biden's first campaign for the Senate. “Jill and I were in the Biden's kitchen,” Stevenson said. "We worked on his campaign"
Stevenson said he first suspected that Biden and Jill were having an affair in August 1974. He was 26 then, Jill 23 and Joe 31. “Then one of her best friends told me she thought Joe and Jill were getting a little close. I was surprised that she came to me. & # 39; Pictured: Jill and Joe in 1987
Stevenson, who founded The Stone Balloon (pictured), a famous live music club near the University of Delaware. Rolling Stone once called it "the best kept secret in rock and roll". Some of the biggest names in music, including the Allman Brothers, Metallica, Ray Charles, Run DMC, the Dave Matthews Band, David Crosby, Bonnie Raitt and Hootie and the Blowfish, have played there in their over 30 year history
That October he got a confirmation. "I was at work and a man came in and said, 'Do you own a brown Corvette? "I said yes, it is my wife's car.
& # 39; He said in May it was grinding his bumper and they told him to get a quote and he never heard from them.
& # 39; I said: & # 39; Wait a minute. Who are you? & # 39; And he said, "Funnily enough, Senator Biden was driving."
That was it for Stevenson. I asked Jill to leave the house, which she did. Her father asked me to take her back when he found out what was going on. He asked me to give her a second chance, but I wasn't interested.
I considered Joe a friend. I'm not surprised he fell in love with Jill. Anyone who meets Jill falls in love with her instantly. It's hard not to. & # 39;
I said, & # 39; wait a minute. Who are you? & # 39; And he said, “Funnily enough, Senator Biden was driving.
But the way the Bidens tell their love story, Joe saw a picture of Jill in March 1975 – after their marriage collapsed.
She was in an ad for local parks he saw while driving through Wilmington Airport with his brother Frank. He told Frank that these were the type of girl he would like to date and Frank said, “Then why don't you go? I know her ”and passed on her number.
In her 2019 autobiography Where The Light Enters, Jill wrote that Joe called her and questioned her. She said she already had a date but he insisted because he was only in town one night and she gave in.
They went to Philadelphia to see the French film A Man And A Woman, ironically about a widowed man who fell in love, and then went out to dinner.
Although he said he was only on the town one night, the couple also went out the next two nights, she wrote.
The New York Times told a slightly different story. It was said that he didn't know his date was the "stunningly beautiful" woman he had previously admired until he picked her up.
Jill and Joe Biden were married in June 1977 in the United Nations Chapel in New York.
That October he got a confirmation. 'I was at work and a man came in and said,' 'Do you own a brown Corvette?' 'I said yes, it's my wife's car. He said in May it crunched his bumper and they told him to get a quote and he never heard from them. I said: & # 39; & # 39; Wait a minute. Who are you? "" And he said, "Strangely enough, Senator Biden was driving."
Stevenson first met Jill in August 1969. "I was going to Woodstock the next day," he said. I was in a car wash and she and her friend came over to admire my 1968 Z28 Chevy Camaro. It was yellow with black stripes, the latest craze at the time.
“I was at my friend's birthday party that night, so I invited her. There were four good looking girls in this apartment and I thought the more the better. The rest is history. & # 39;
They married the following year when Jill was only 18 years old. In her book, she described her first husband as "charismatic and enterprising" – but did not name him. She said their marriage was about to fall apart.
"We were young and it wasn't long before we grew in different directions," she wrote.
I tried to get the relationship working. I thought I could bring our marriage back to life. But I had to separate what my family should be from the reality of this relationship.
He added, “I really don't want to harm Jill's chances to become first lady. She would make an excellent first lady – but that's my story. & # 39;
"It wasn't long before I realized the breaks were irreparable," she added. I wouldn't settle for a fake love. The truth of reality suddenly struck me like a broken spell: I was going to get a divorce. & # 39;
Stevenson led a colorful life. He played defensive end for the University of Delaware soccer team before opening the stone balloon.
He was with Andy Warhol and Lisa Minnelli in Studio 54 in New York and met some of the biggest rock names in his club. He is a multiple gold medalist at the National Senior Games.
He also started a horticultural company called Sticky Pots and invented the SuperStake, a plant support system that he recently sold to Scotts Miracle-Gro. "You sold a million SuperStakes at Walmart alone last year," he said.
He made headlines himself when he had a heart attack on the streets of Manhattan in 2018. He died for six minutes before being brought back to life by NYPD officials, ABC News reported.
Since then, he has led a campaign to get defibrillators into police cars across the country.
"I had already started the book," he said. "I came back from the dead to end it."
This is not the first book Stevenson has written. He authored a book from the early years of The Stone Balloon that is now selling on Amazon for a staggering $ 395.
"You will never see it at Barnes & Noble the way you see it in Joe Biden's books," he joked.
The Biden campaign did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com's request for comment.
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