US’ new First Lady Jill Biden rejected Joe 4 times and was put off by age gap

Joe Biden will already be making preparations to move into the White House after claiming victory over Donald Trump, and his loyal wife Jill will be by his side.

His wife of 43 years is no stranger to the spotlight having served as second lady for eight years, but she will now step up be the US's First Lady – a role previously occupied by Melania Trump.

The dedicated English teacher is a proud military mum, who met the future president on a blind date while she was at college.

And while they hit off straight away, Jill took some convincing to marry Joe – rejecting four marriage proposals.

But she finally said yes after he got down on one knee for a fifth time and they wed in 1977 – two years after their first date, as reported in Mirror Online.

And Jill has been at his side ever since – but over the years they've suffered their own fair share of heartache including the death of Joe's son.

We take a look at who Jill Biden is and what her plans are as First Lady of the United States.

Who is Jill Biden?

Jill Biden is 69 years old and was born in Hammonton, New Jersey.

She grew up in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, with four sisters and her bank teller father Donald and homemaker mum Bonny Jean.

Jill attended Brandywine Junior College for one semester, with an intention to study fashion merchandising, but found it unsatisfying, instead switching to the University of Delaware to read English.

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She married her first husband Bill Stevenson in 1970, during her semester at Brandywine College. But they would separate in 1974.

Jill would then meet Joe in March 1975.

She graduated from the University of Delaware in 1975 and began a career as a substitute teacher in WiIlmington, Delaware, and taught English full-time for a year at St Mark’s High School.

She continued to teach while she worked on a master's degree at West Chester State College. She completed the course while pregnant with the Bidens' daughter Ashley Blazer, who would be born on June 8, 1961.

She taught English and acted as a reading specialist. She would go on to teach in the adolescent program at the Rockford Centre psychiatric hospital for five years in the 1980s.

By 1987 she would receive a second degree, a Masters of Arts in English from Villanova University.

She continued to teach in the 1990s and in all spent 13 years teaching in public high schools.

From 1993 until 2008, she was an instructor at the Stanton/Wilmington Campus of Delaware Technical & Community College.

In January 2007, she received a Doctor of Education in educational leadership from the University of Delaware.

Marriage to Joe Biden

Jill met her future husband in 1975. She already had a date planned for the night they were due to meet up, but a very confident Joe told her to cancel it so they could go out.

They went out for dinner and to see a film, and ended up seeing each other three nights in a row.

Jill wasn't put off by the nine-year age gap, and liked how mature he was compared to the guys she had dated in college.

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In an interview with Vogue magazine, she said: "I was a senior, and I had been dating guys in jeans and clogs and T-shirts, he came to the door and he had a sport coat and loafers, and I thought: 'God, this is never going to work, not in a million years. He was nine years older than I am!

"But we went out to see A Man and a Woman at the movie theatre in Philadelphia, and we really hit it off."

Joe's first wife Neilia and the couple's daughter Neilia died in a car accident.

Neila was taking the children Christmas shopping in 1972 when their vehicle was hit by a truck. Both Neila and their daughter Naomi were killed in the horrific crash, but sons Beau and Hunter survived, despite being seriously injured.

A heartbroken Joe was left raising their sons alone, before he went on to find love with his current wife Jill three years later.

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Jill wanted to be completely sure her marriage to Joe would last so the boys didn't lose a second mother figure.

In her 2019 memoir, Where the Light Enters, Jill explains that she was also concerned about losing her career and her own identity.

She wrote: "I knew that no matter how much I tried, there would be so much I could not control.

"If I gave Joe my whole heart, he had the power to break it.

"I was launching my career and planning for graduate school – and then I had staff calling to schedule dates with my boyfriend around his insane Senate schedule.

"I was being pulled in so many directions."

But when it came to the fifth proposal, things were different.

Joe went to Jill's flat on his way to the airport in 1977 and said: "Look, I’ve been as patient as I know how to be but this has got my Irish up. Either you decide to marry me or that’s it, I’m out. I’m not asking again."

He added: "I’m too much in love with you to just be friends."

He then left, flying to South Africa for political duties, and he finally got the "yes" he wanted later that night.

They married at the United Nations chapel in 1977, taking Joe's sons Beau and Hunter on their honeymoon.

In his autobiography, Joe said: "She gave me back my life. She made me start to think my family might be whole again."

They welcomed a daughter together, Ashley, in 1981.

Loss of a second child

Tragedy struck again for the Bidens when Joe's eldest son Beau died of brain cancer at the age of 46.

Joe said in a statement at the time: “It is with broken hearts that Hallie, Hunter, Ashley, Jill and I announce the passing of our husband, brother and son, Beau, after he battled brain cancer with the same integrity, courage and strength he demonstrated every day of his life."

He added: “In the words of the Biden family: Beau Biden was, quite simply, the finest man any of us have ever known.”

Beau served as the former attorney general of Delaware for two terms and as a Major in the Delaware Army National Guard.

He announced plans to run for governor of Delaware in 2014, and had considered a run for the US senate in 2010.

He was married to wife Hallie Olivere from 2002 and the couple had two children together.

Becoming Second Lady and the 2020 campaign trail

When Joe was named Vice President in Barack Obama's administration and Jill took on the role as Second Lady, she refused to give up her career.

She continued her job as professor of English at Northern Virginia Community College, saying "Being a teacher is not what I do but who I am".

However, she took a break from her impressive career in April last year to support her husband on the campaign trail.

But she has previously said that she would go back to teaching English if Joe won the White House.

During the campaign, she became a trending topic after she faced off with vegan protesters in a bid to protect her husband.

Videos and pictures show one protester rushing onto the stage, brandishing a placard with a cow on it, and yelling "let dairy die".

A security guard pulled the demonstrator away, but moments later another would rush at the podium where Joe was speaking, but was expertly blocked by Jill.

The future First Lady grabbed the protester by the wrists and could be heard saying it was "okay" as staffers hauled the protester off the stage.

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