Silver Linings: Hillary Clinton Aide Huma Abedin is Dating Hollywood Actor Bradly Cooper
- Vogue editor Anna Wintour apparently played cupid when she introduced the two. The two tabloid boldfaces were a couple for over six months, according to reports.
Actor Bradley Cooper is reportedly dating Huma Abedin, a top Hillary Clinton aide and estranged wife of former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.). The two were introduced by Vogue editor Anna Wintour, “who is close with both of them,” Page Six reported. “Anna definitely played matchmaker,” an unnamed source told the gossip column. “She’s BFFs with Bradley and adores Huma.” The two have been keeping their relationship under wraps. Before dating Abedin, Cooper was dating actress Dianna Agron.
Commenting on the news, jezebel.com said “We are truly living in the golden age of odd couples.” As to what the actor and the political aide have in common — “They are perfect for each other. They’re both into power and politics and human affairs,” PageSix opined.
“I think we’re all a little shocked here — not because either Cooper or Abedin is out of the other’s league. They’re both perfectly hot and roughly the same age, and all that. It’s just hard for me to picture them in a relationship when I can barely picture them in the same room. But, hey, we’re living in the golden age of odd couples,” wrote Kylie Cheung in Jezebel.
Abedin once told The Cut, “I had my heart broken, dragged out, stomped on, humiliated. I lived with shame, in shame, for so long.” Not any longer.
According to the Page Six report, “the high-profile pair arrived together at the Met Gala on May 2 and then split up for the red carpet.” Abedin, 46, wore a canary-yellow gown.
The New York Post also reported that in June, Abedin put her East Hampton pad up for rent at $35,000 per month — only a couple of months after she started dating Cooper. Where she’d be moving is anybody’s guess.
The news comes a few weeks after Abedin confessed of “gradually moving on.” She was speaking to The Guardia on the sidelines of the Jaipur Literary Festival in Soneva Fushi in the Maldives, in May. She told the British paper that she finds dating apps intimidating. “I’m trying to stay open, but dating is terrifying, which also makes it exciting,” she said. “ I believe in love – I had it, I know what it felt like, I’d love to have that feeling again.”
Abedin was at the May 13-22 festival to talk about her memoir “Both/And: A Life in Many Worlds,” where she shares stories of her family, legacy, identity, faith, marriage, and motherhood. She also reveals the repercussions her ex-husband’s sexting scandal had both on her personal and political life.
Almost five years after Weiner’s sexting scandal broke out, the couple is in the final stages of the divorce. This February, Weiner told the New York Post that their divorce is “all but finalized, and is on paper. “Now we just have to wait for the court system to catch up with us.”
Abedin first filed for divorce in 2017, though later withdrew the case so their lawyers could negotiate out of the public eye, as the couple continued to live in the same East Village building. The COVID-19 pandemic further delayed the legal separation.
Prior to the launch of her book, she told the Associated Press that writing the book gave her the opportunity to reflect on her own life — “from the nurturing family I was privileged to be born into, to working for one of the most compelling leaders of our time. This journey has led me through exhilarating milestones and devastating setbacks. I have walked both with great pride and overwhelming shame. It is a life I am — more than anything — enormously grateful for and a story I look forward to sharing.”
Despite where her marriage ended and the public spectacle it became, Abedin told The Guardian that it made her feel “powerful and free.” The early years of marriage were her happiest, she added. “I had a hard but fulfilling job that felt like I was contributing to history. I had a partner for the first time, somebody I loved and looked forward to going home to every night. Everything felt possible. That’s why it was so hard to lose it all overnight.”
Revealing that Weiner was the first man she got intimate with, she opened up about sex to The Guardian. “God created sex. It’s that sense of fulfillment and connection, of what you’re giving to yourself and to your partner,” she said. However, she “didn’t explore it enough,” she confessed. “I was raised in a world where sex was a taboo subject and it made it very mysterious. It was forbidden in our culture, but my parents said it was my decision. I kept myself closed.”
Abedin and Weiner, 57, now live and co-parent in the same Union Square building.
Meanwhile, the New York Post is reporting that Abedin has put her East Hampton home for rent at $35,000 per month. She purchased the five-bedroom, four-bathroom home for $1.15 million in November 2020, “amid their ongoing divorce proceedings,” the Post report said.