Jill Biden reportedly rejected Joe Biden's marriage proposals five times: Report

 April 28, 2024

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden apparently did not experience true love at first sight. 

According to reports, Joe reportedly had to ask Jill no less than five times for her to marry him before she finally said yes. It's a story she joked about at a fundraiser last year, which likely made others cringe.

Jill Biden said at the time that marrying Joe Biden was "not part of the plan," but finally gave in after so many attempts.

Joe Biden lost his first wife in 1972, and Jill noted that if she was going to marry him, it would have to be forever. She said her fears were finally outweighed by her love for him.

The story

At a fundraiser in 2023 at Lotos Club on the Upper East Side, Jill Biden told the audience how she was feeling at the time and what finally swayed her decision to say "yes" to the young senator.

"It was the ’70s...It was Vietnam, love beads, and equal rights. I wore my hair down to the middle of my waist, and so did most of the men I dated...Remember what you were wearing then? Clogs, bell-bottoms, tie-dyes. One day, I was asked out on a date from out of the blue, and that evening a handsome young senator showed up at my door," Jill recalled.

She went on to admit that she was content with her date with Joe Biden being a one-time affair.

"I took one look at his perfect suit and his leather loafers and I thought, ‘Thank God it’s only one date.’ Well, one date eventually turned into a marriage proposal."

She added, "...if I am being completely honest, it was five proposals because this was not part of my plan."

"After all that his two sons... had lost. I knew that if I said yes to Joe, it had to be forever. So eventually I realized that my love for Joe and the boys outweighed any fears I had, and I said yes. And here we are 46 years later."

Jill Biden's past

Joe Biden wasn't Jill's first husband, as she was married to Bill Stevenson while she was still a college student. They were married for five years.

"After the disappointment of my divorce, I never wanted to feel so out of control of my heart again. But in the months that Joe and I were dating, that desire ran up against a new reality— I was falling in love," Jill Biden said.

Jill recalled telling her mother that she had "finally met a gentleman" and the two would later marry and stay that way for decades to come.

Other than the occasional story, the two have bee fairly quiet about their marriage in general.

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