Rep. Ilhan Omar’s marriage seems to be headed for a break-up, a longtime friend of the couple told The Post.
Ahmed Hirsi, the congresswoman’s husband, the source said, is getting ready to file for divorce after the revelation in a surprise court filing that she allegedly had an affair with DC political consultant Tim Mynett.
The Minnesota congresswoman and her husband apparently separated in March, and Omar asked Hirsi to divorce her around that time because she didn’t want to file the papers. Hirsi refused and told her if she wanted a divorce she should do it herself, said a source who has known both parties for 20 years.
Omar’s husband allegedly changed his mind after Tim Mynett’s wife last week filed divorce papers that claimed her spouse was having an affair with the Somali-born US representative. Hirsi is angry that he had been made to look the fool by the allegations of an extramarital affair.
“I’m surprised he hasn’t filed already,” the source told The Post, adding that Hirsi was “very confused” in the wake of the allegations. He still loves his wife and was reluctant to expose their three children to a public divorce battle.
Omar, a freshman congresswoman who is 37, insisted she and Hirsi, 39, were still together and denied the charge she was dating Mynett in an interview.
But the couple have been living apart since March, which is around the same time she was spotted having dinner with Mynett at a California restaurant. Omar has moved into a luxury condo in downtown Minneapolis. The family home they kept together in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, nicknamed “Little Mogadishu” for its large Somali population, seems to be abandoned, with the curtains drawn and cobwebs growing over the front porch.
Hirsi is reportedly moving between friends’ houses and stays at the luxury condo when Omar isn’t in town, and the kids are also spending time with a grandfather, the source said.
Omar and Hirsi were first engaged in 2002. But the duo never legally married; instead, they wed in a traditional Muslim ceremony. They had two children before splitting up in 2008, Omar has said.
The next year, she married Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, whom she described as a “British citizen,” records show. They split up in 2011 and Omar and Hirsi got back together and had a third child in 2012, records show.
In 2017, Omar finally officially divorced Elmi. She legally wed Hirsi the next year. But they began experiencing marital problems shortly after Omar assumed office, said the source.
The congresswoman has refused to comment on both the affair allegations and the discrepancies in her marriages.
Tim Mynett and his E. Street Group received about $230,000 from Omar’s campaign for travel expenses, fundraising consulting, communications and more. This is a possible ethics violation.
Mynett denied the bombshell affair allegations in a counterclaim filed in DC Superior Court. He is accusing his wife of waging a campaign to “ruin his career” after he left their unhappy marriage.
Credit: NY Post