Abedin’s announcement came about 12 hours after the New York Post published lewd photos Weiner sent in July 2015 to a woman he met online. The couple’s four-year-old son, Jordan, can be seen sleeping next to Weiner in one photo.
“After long and painful consideration and work on my marriage, I have made the decision to separate from my husband. Anthony and I remain devoted to doing what is best for our son, who is the light of our life. During this difficult time, I ask for respect of our privacy,” Abedin wrote in a statement.
In 2011, the six-term Congressman resigned from the House of Representatives in disgrace after he mistakenly tweeted a photograph of his erection that he had intended to send directly to a woman he was talking to online. Abedin, who was then three months pregnant with their son, remained committed to Weiner.
After a concerted image-rehabilitation campaign, Weiner launched a bid for mayor of New York in 2013. Early polls were encouraging, but the campaign tanked when more lewd photos emerged, along with reports that Weiner had continued trolling for women online using the pseudonym Carlos Danger. He finished the primary race with less than five percent of the vote.
Abedin, who began her career as a White House intern in 1996 and has worked under Hillary Clinton ever since, met Weiner at a Democratic National Committee retreat in 2001, but they did not begin dating until seven years later. Bill Clinton officiated the couple’s wedding in 2010.
Abedin is the vice chair of Clinton’s campaign and a strong favorite for White House chief of staff if Clinton wins in November. She recently cited her Muslim faith and strong, supportive group of friends for helping her get through the first two scandals.
“That support system enabled us — enabled me — to get up and to keep doing what I thought were the right things for my family and for myself,” Abedin told Vogue in a piece published two weeks ago.