Bill Stevenson isn’t bitter about his divorce from Jill Biden. The former defensive end for the University of Delaware football team and successful owner of The Stone Balloon, claims he doesn’t hold any grudges when it comes to his ex-wife and her Democrat presidential candidate husband, Joe Biden, he just wishes they would stop lying about how they started dating. The entrepreneur claims that if Jill Biden didn’t cheat on him, he wouldn’t be with his current wife, Linda, who he calls “the greatest thing in my life.”
The Dail Mail reports – Joe Biden and his wife Jill have lied to the world for more than 40 years about how they started dating — they actually had an affair that broke up her first marriage, her first husband claims.
And the whole story the Bidens tell about how the presidential candidate fell in love with Jill after a blind date is completely made up, Bill Stevenson told DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview.
Now Stevenson is about to publish a book that he says will blow the lid off the sham story.
‘I don’t want to hurt anyone,’ Stevenson, 72, said at his home in Wilmington, Delaware, the town Biden has called home for half a century. ‘But facts are facts and what happened, happened.’
Stevenson is keeping the title of his book close to his chest.
He said he has not yet decided whether to publish before the election or after. ‘It’s ready to go,’ he said. ‘They can print 30,000 copies in 10 days.
‘I genuinely don’t want to harm Jill’s chances of becoming First Lady. She would make an excellent First Lady — but this is my story.
‘It’s not a bitter book — I’m not bitter because, if it wasn’t for my divorce, I would never have met my wife Linda and she’s the greatest thing in my life — but it does have facts in it that aren’t pleasant to Jill and Joe.
‘People ask me how I can go back 40 years, but I am not, I’m going back 72 years to tell my life story,’ added Stevenson, who founded The Stone Balloon, a famed live music club near the University of Delaware.
Rolling Stone once called it ‘the best kept secret in rock and roll.’ Some of the biggest names in music including the Allman Brothers, Metallica, Ray Charles, Run DMC, The Dave Matthews Band, David Crosby, Bonnie Raitt and Hootie and the Blowfish played there during its 30-plus year history.
‘The book is about 300 pages long and Jill only takes up about 80 of them,’ Stevenson said.
Stevenson married Jill Jacobs in 1970. ‘It was February, I believe it was the 7th,’ he told DailyMail.com.
Two years later, he said, the couple were working on then-New Castle County Councilman Biden’s first campaign for the Senate.
At the time Biden was married to his first wife Neilia who died along with their one-year-old daughter Naomi in a car crash between the election and Biden taking his Senate seat.
‘Jill and I sat in the Bidens’ kitchen,’ said Stevenson, who describes himself as a liberal Republican, although he says he voted for Barack Obama and Biden in both 2008 and 2012. ‘We worked on his campaign.
‘I gave $10,900 to his first campaign — in cash.’
Stevenson said he first suspected Biden and Jill were having an affair in August 1974. He was then 26, Jill was 23 and Joe was 31.
‘I know exactly when it was,’ he said. ‘Bruce Springsteen was going to play at The Stone Balloon and I had to go to Northern New Jersey to pay him in advance.
‘I asked Jill to go with me and she said no — she had things to do, she had to look after Joe’s kids, Beau and Hunter. It was kind of a big deal to go meet Springsteen. I had no idea she and Joe were that kind of friendly.
‘Then one of her best friends told me she thought Joe and Jill were getting a little too close. I was surprised that she came to me.’
That October he got confirmation. ‘I was at work and a guy came in and asked: ‘Do you own a brown Corvette?’ I said yes, it’s my wife’s car.
‘He said back in May it had crunched his bumper and they told him to get an estimate and he never heard back from them.
‘I said: ‘Wait a minute. Who is they?’ And he said: ‘Funnily enough, Senator Biden was driving.’
That was it as far as Stevenson was concerned.
‘I asked Jill to leave the house, which she did. Her father was begging me to take her back when he found out what was going on. He asked me to give her a second chance, but I wasn’t interested.
‘I considered Joe a friend. I’m not surprised he fell in love with Jill. Everyone who meets Jill falls in love with her immediately. It’s hard not to.’
But the way the Bidens tell their love story, Joe saw a picture of Jill in March 1975 — after her marriage had crashed.
They married the following year when Jill was only 18. In her book, she described her first husband as ‘charismatic and entrepreneurial,’ – but did not name him. She said her marriage soon fell apart.
‘We were young, and it didn’t take long before we grew in different directions,’ she wrote.
‘I tried to make the relationship work. I thought I could will our marriage back to life. But I had to separate what I thought my family should be from the reality of what this relationship was.