WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota has filed a petition for divorce from her husband on Friday, and sought custody of their three children.
- According to court records, Omar cited irrevocable breakdown of the marriage as the primary cause of the divorce.
- Her attorney also stated that Ilhan, Ahmed and their children were greatly affected by so many speculations coming from political rivals and the media.
PEOPLE magazine confirms that Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota is divorcing her husband, Ahmed Hirsi.
First reported by TMZ, the divorce petition was filed on Friday citing “irretrievable breakdown of the marriage relationship.” Omar, 37, is seeking custody of her three children with Hirsi.
“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,” Omar’s attorney, Jaime Driggs, told TMZ in a statement.
Driggs also added that years of “speculation and innuendo from political opponents and the media” had taken its toll on Ilhan and her family.
Apparently, he was referring to the news this year that named Omar as the alleged other woman of a political consultant in a divorce suit. However, the consultant reportedly denied the claim saying it was just another false political attack.
Another rumor spread by some right-wing groups in 2016 claimed that her previous husband, Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, was, in fact, her brother whom she married for the sole purpose of advancing his immigration case. Omar denied the accusation calling it “absurd and offensive”.
A congressional spokeswoman for Omar declined to comment on the pending divorce. Her lawyer did not return a call to a request for comment while Hirsi could not be contacted.
Omar came to the U.S. as a Somali refugee eventually becoming a citizen. After getting elected in 2016 to the Minnesota House of Representatives, she was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2018 midterm elections.
Shortly after she took office, she has become the favorite subject of political opponents, due to her race, religion and political beliefs which included her support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement to pressure Israel regarding their position toward Palestinians.
She is one of the first Muslims elected to serve in Congress and a known frequent critic of President Trump, who earlier this year, told her to “go back” to wherever she came from, to which she responded via tweet saying, “I am where I belong, at the people’s house and you’re just gonna have to deal!”