Top Hillary Clinton adviser Huma Abedin announced on Monday that she is separating from her husband, Anthony Weiner, the former congressman who has been repeatedly caught sexting with other women.
Abed in said, “After long and painful consideration and work on my marriage, I have made the decision to separate from my husband. Anthony and I remain devoted to doing what is best for our son, who is the light of our life. During this difficult time, I ask for respect for our privacy.”
The announcement comes after the New York Post reported on Sunday night about Weiner’s latest sexually explicit messages with another woman. Weiner resigned from Congress in 2011 after mistakenly tweeting an explicit image of himself intended as a direct message.
Some of the “sexting” photos even had Abedin’s and Weiner’s child in bed with him.
A person close to Abedin said the couple has been “estranged” for a about a year and “essentially” separated — although they still both share their Manhattan apartment and parenting duties. Over the past few months, people close to the couple have painted a portrait of a marriage on the verge of collapse, and reporters covering the campaign have noticed in recent weeks that Abedin has often appeared in public without her wedding or engagement rings.
Donald Trump had previously knocked Abedin for her husbands misgivings, saying, “Her No. 1 person, Huma Abedin, is married to Anthony Weiner, who’s a sleazeball and pervert. I’m not saying that, that’s recorded history. I don’t like Huma going home at night and telling Anthony Weiner all of these secrets.”
Trump on Monday praised Abedin for “making a very wise decision.”
And here are the photos that finally made Huma give Weiner the boot: