Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar reportedly filed for divorce from her husband Ahmed Hirsi on 7 October, with the 38-year-old Somalia-born politician describing the marriage as “irretrievable.”
US Rep. Ilhan Omar has reportedly claimed that attacks in the media and speculation by political opponents are to blame, in part, for the collapse of her marriage to Ahmed Hirsi.
“Ilhan and Ahmed have been the object of speculation and innuendo from political opponents and the media. This has taken a significant toll on Ilhan, Ahmed, and their three children. As with all marriages, this is intensely personal and a difficult time for their family”, the New York Post quotes a statement from her lawyer, Jaime Driggs.
Mr Driggs added that the congresswoman wished for privacy and would have no further comment.
The Somalia-born politician was said to have filed for divorce from Hirsi on Friday in Minneapolis, pleading for her and her husband to be granted “joint legal and physical custody” of their three children.
The divorce filing comes less than two months after Beth Mynett, a Washington DC resident, accused Omar in court papers of having an affair with her husband, Tim Mynett.
The woman is believed to have claimed her husband, who had worked as a political consultant for Omar, had confessed his love for the Democrat and said he was ending their marriage, in divorce papers filed in August 2019.
The court documents state Tim Mynett took their son to a dinner with Omar, later allegedly bringing the congresswoman to the family house while the mother was out of town.
The plaintiff claimed her husband put their son in “harm’s way” by bringing him to meet with the US Congresswoman, who “at that time garnered a plethora of media attention along with death threats.”
However, Tim Mynett denied that he had an affair in the response that he filed in September.