Ready to start over. Huma Abedin was open about her dating history – including why she wasn’t interested in the past – amid her romance with Bradley Cooper.
“I put dating in the category of one of the things I didn’t allow myself to be open to for many years, especially when I was living in New York in the early 2000s when Hillary [Clinton] was in the Senate and it was a very glamorous time in New York,” said the 47-year-old political operative WSJ. Magazine in an interview published on Monday, October 3.
Abedin recalls that in the past he did not feel comfortable in dating. “I was invited to so many dinner parties and there would be all these women who I found to be much smarter, much more beautiful, much more than anything. Here I am, this earnest little political aide in a suit,” she continued. “I never expected to be the woman any of these men left with, and I was fine with that because allowing that type of relationship would mean I would have less time to work.” Less time to focus.”
The Michigan native has since noted that she’s developed a different outlook on her romantic life, saying, “Yeah, I’m open to all kinds of saying yes!”
Abedin’s insight comes next Us Weekly confirmed in July that she was dating Cooper, 47. At the time, a source revealed that the pair began seeing each other after Anna Wintour set them up. Cooper and Abedin, who were introduced before the Met Gala earlier this year, attended the event but did not walk the red carpet together.
The actor, for his part, previously had a long-term relationship with Irina Shake. The couple started dating in 2015 and welcomed their first child two years later. After calling it quits in 2019, Cooper and the 36-year-old model focused on raising their daughter Leah, 5, together.
Meanwhile, Abedin made headlines in 2011 after her estranged husband, Anthony Weiner, was accused of sending sexual messages and pictures to various women. The former deputy chief of staff initially sided with Weiner, but later announced their split after he admitted to sexting a 15-year-old girl.
“After long and painful consideration and work on my marriage, I have made the decision to separate from my husband. Anthony and I remain committed to doing what’s best for our son, who is the light of our lives,” Abedin, who shares 10-year-old son Jordan with the former congressman, 58, told Us in a statement in August 2016. “At this difficult time, I ask that you respect our privacy.”
Abedin, who filed for divorce in 2017, offered an update on the duo’s legal proceedings. “Basically it’s done. Yes, we are in the final stages,” she said on Monday. “We had to [postpone the court dates] of privacy, and frankly, even the idea of going back to that courthouse I found triggering. I’ve been feeling divorced for a very long time, but there are a few final things we need to do [to make it official].”
The political aide also revealed how she gets along with her ex.
“When [Anthony] was released, we made a decision that there will be no secrets in this family, that we will always be sources of truth for him, that we want him to learn from us before he learns anything on social media or through his friends,” she explained. “And somehow, as shocking as this is, Anthony and I found our way back to that kind of core. He was my best friend before we were anything else, and we will always have that bond because we will always be family.