Rep. Ilhan Omar Is Divorcing Her Husband… Here’s Why
Popular Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar was part of a wave of trailblazing lawmakers in Congress last year, but her personal life hasn’t been so bright.
Ilhan has filed for divorce from her husband. The divorce petition, first reported by TMZ, was filed last week on Ilhan’s birthday.
According to the paperwork, the rep. cites “irretrievable breakdown of the marriage relationship” and is seeking joint custody of her three children.
“As with all marriages, this is intensely personal and a difficult time for their family,” a spokesperson for Ilhan told TMZ, adding, “Just like any other family navigating this kind of transition, Ilhan wishes to have their privacy respected for themselves and their children and will not be commenting any further.”
The spokesperson also cited what they called years of “speculation and innuendo from political opponents and the media” which had “taken a significant toll on Ilhan, Ahmed, and their three children.”
Earlier this year, conservative outlets alleged that Ilhan had an affair with a political consultant — although the consultant reportedly denied it, saying the accusation was part of a smear campaign.
Who knows the actual truth. All we know is that Ilhan is going through a rough time right now. We hope all things end well so she can come back to the floor stronger than ever!