Ilhan Omar Files for Divorce: Makes Way for 3rd Husband

Elias Hubbard
October 10, 2019

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., has filed for divorce from her husband, Ahmed Hirsi, claiming an "irretrievable breakdown" in their marriage.

Omar, who became the first Muslim American woman to serve in the House of Representatives along with U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit), filed for divorce from Ahmed Hirsi on Friday in Minnesota's Hennepin County District Court.

Friday's divorce filing from Omar came about an hour before the Mynetts' first hearing into their marital split was postponed. The petition doesn't elaborate on what led to the divorce, however. In late August, Beth Mynett - medical director and health services administrator of the D.C. Department of Corrections - filed for legal separation from her husband. "Meanwhile, Omar reconciled with Hirsi in 2012 and they had another child together ... while she was still legally married to Elmi".

"As with all marriages, this is intensely personal and a hard time for their family".

Driggs also cited what he called years of "speculation and innuendo from political opponents and the media" which had "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".

The attorney did not answer when asked directly if Omar had an affair, and instead referred back to his statement. A message to Omar's office seeking comment was not returned.

The court case does not list an attorney for Hirsi.

Ilhan Omar's marriage to Ahmed Hirsi has had its share of ups and downs, as they separated in 2008, with Omarmarrying Ahmed Nur Said Elmi the following year, according to The Hill.

The claim that Omar married her brother was repeated by President Donald Trump, who has made Omar a frequent target of attacks on Twitter and in public, including one rally in which he said Omar and three other Democratic congresswomen of colour should "go back" to their home countries.

Ilhan Omar, who burst into the national spotlight last fall as part of a wave of trailblazing lawmakers in Congress, is divorcing her husband, Ahmed Hirsi, PEOPLE confirms.

"As with all marriages, this is intensely personal and a hard time for their family", her attorney, Jaime Driggs, said in a statement to TMZ and other media outlets, adding, "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". It might be, some allege, because rumors of her shacking up with Washington, DC-based political consultant Tim Mynett are completely true. All four women are US citizens, and Omar is the only one who wasn't born in the U.S.

In September, reports suggested the congresswoman's husband wanted to divorce his wife following the revelations from court files of the divorce process between Tim Mynett and his spouse Beth.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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