Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) officially filed for divorce from her husband Ahmed Hirsi. They have three children.
The rumors of a split began in August when a woman claimed Omar stole her husband.
Omar wrote in the papers “there’s been an ‘irretrievable breakdown of the marriage relationship.'” She requested legal and physical custody of the three children, no spousal support for either, and the court to decide child support.
BREAKING: Ilhan Omar has officially filed for divorce from her husband Ahmed Hirsi. pic.twitter.com/l3MdsDW4d3
— Mukhtar M. Ibrahim (@mukhtaryare) October 7, 2019
Omar’s attorney Jaime Driggs said:
“Ilhan has filed for divorce from her husband Ahmed. As with all marriages, this is intensely personal and a difficult time for their family. For years, Ilhan and Ahmed have been the object of speculation and inuendo from political opponents and the media. This has taken a significant toll on Ilhan, Ahmed, and their three children. Just like any other family navigating this kind of transition, Ilhan wishes to have their privacy respected for themselves and their children and will not be commenting any further,” Driggs said.
TMZ reported Omar’s complicated relationship history, which began in 2002:
Her divorce adds another layer to her complicated history with her now estranged husband, Hirsi. They reportedly married in a religious ceremony in 2002 — but the union was not recognized legally. The couple had 2 children together, but separated in 2008.
She went on to marry another man named Ahmed — British citizen Ahmed Elmi — in Minneapolis in 2009, and this time it was official with legal docs and everything. However, they reportedly split in 2011 and he returned to the UK … but they weren’t legally divorced until 2017.
Meanwhile, Oman reconciled with Hirsi in 2012 and they had another child together … while she was still legally married to Elmi.
Omar and Elmi divorced officially in 2017, and then she wed Hirsi — legally this time — in 2018.
Now, they’re headed for an official divorce. The Congresswoman has reportedly moved out of their place and into a penthouse apartment in Minneapolis.
In June, Omar had to repay thousands of dollars in taxes after she filed “joint married tax returns with one man while legally married to another.”
The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board accused Omar and Hirsi of filing joint tax returns in 2014 and 2015. She was still legally married to Elmi at that time even though they split in 2011.
Besides that technicality, Minnesota does not allow people in common-law marriages to file joint tax returns. Plus it is against federal and state law to file joint taxes with someone who is not your legal spouse.
Rumors swirled in the beginning of August of Omar “dining and holding hands with a mystery man at a secluded restaurant outside of Los Angeles back in March.” The Daily Mail revealed the man as Tim Mynett. A source told the publication that Omar “has been carrying on with Mynett, 38, a campaign fundraising strategist, for several months.”
A few weeks later, Dr. Beth Jordan Mynett filed for divorce. She claimed Omar stole her husband because Tim admitted to her back in April “he was romantically involved with and in love with another woman, Ilhan Omar.”
Dr. Mynett wants primary physical custody of their son due to Mynett’s constant travel with Omar. The papers state that Mynett’s “more recent travel and long work hours now appear to be more related to his affair with Rep. Omar than with his actual work commitments.”
In the past three weeks I have circled back to interview sources whom I have found to be highly reliable in the Omar saga. They open a window onto the scandals from the perspective of Ahmed Hirsi, her long-time partner and the father of her three children. According to sources, Hirsi is telling friends:
• that he will not go to jail for Omar;
• that while Omar did indeed marry her brother (Ahmed Elmi) for fraudulent purposes, Hirsi did not know at the time that she had married Elmi;
• that Omar is threatening Hirsi he would be in trouble along with her if the truth were to come out;
• that Omar has asked him to state publicly that all is well with their marriage even though it is completely done and finished; and
• that in fact they are living apart and have been divorced under Islamic law (although they remain legally married).
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