Former second lady Jill Biden reveals in her upcoming memoir that former Vice President Joe Biden made her feel extraordinarily uncomfortable when they began dating, saying that he was unusually handsy and affectionate. The memoir comes as Biden faces allegations of invading women's personal space and inappropriately touching them.
The Daily Mail reported the former second lady said about the beginning of their relationship in her memoir "Where the Light Enters: Building a Family, Discovering Myself": "He was always holding my hand, putting his arm around me, or brushing the hair from my face." An advance copy of the book, which is set to be released next month, was obtained by the Daily Mail.
Jill Biden said that her husband's tender personality and his public displays of affection have been a common characteristic of his throughout his life, adding that kisses, gentle rubs and touches, and hugs are a normal thing for him. She said that he "never wanted to miss a chance to hold a hand, wrap their arms around each other, or give a kiss."
The former second lady mentioned in the memoir that she is much more of an introvert in comparison with her husband, which made the dating situation between the two a bit difficult at the beginning. She said she "sometimes found all that affection draining," but understood that his personality and love for those around him grew from the loss of his first wife and daughter from a car crash in 1972.
The two started dating less than three years after the accident.
"I realized that physical affection played an important role in his entire family," Jill Biden writes in her memoir. "Val [Joe Biden's sister] couldn't walk by the boys without reaching out to touch their shoulders or brush their heads. Their parents stopped by often to shower the boys with kisses."
Over the last weeks, eight women have alleged that Joe Biden inappropriately touched them. In response, Biden released a video offering an explanation of his personality.
"Today, I want to talk about gestures of support and encouragement to women and some men, I've made them uncomfortable," Biden said in a video tweeted from his personal account. "In my career, I've always tried to make a human connection, that's my responsibility, I think. I shake hands, I hug people, I grab men and women by the shoulders and say, 'You can do this.' Whether they're women, men, young, old, it's the way I've always been."