Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin sat down with PEOPLE twice between the former's 2011 and 2013 sexting scandals

By Lindsay Kimble
Updated October 04, 2016 07:40 PM
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In 2012, Huma Abedin and husband Anthony Weiner appeared to have settled into a happy routine of parenthood, a welcome distraction after Weiner’s embarrassing and career-crippling sexting scandal that made headlines just one year prior.

Now, after the former congressman’s third sexting scandal erupted, the pair have separated.

Abedin, a top aide to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, announced their split in a statement Monday, just hours after the New York Post published a report alleging that Weiner had been sexting a new woman, a divorced Trump supporter in her 40s.

Their exchanges allegedly included a racy snap of Weiner in boxer briefs, lying on a bed next to 4-year-old son Jordan. The image was not so dissimilar from photos that emerged from Weiner’s previous online dalliances.

In 2011, just under one year after Weiner’s Long Island wedding to Abedin, he admitted to inappropriately communicating online with six women over three years.

Abedin, then pregnant with Jordan, stood by her husband – but, a source told PEOPLE at the time, she was “between shocked, angry, disappointed, sad and hurt.”

A friend added, “She wants what’s best for this baby and this baby’s father. It’s unclear what that is.”

But a year later the couple told PEOPLE they were on the mend.

In July 2012, ensconced in the joys of being a new family of three, Weiner said, “I really do feel like a very, very different person.”

At the time, Weiner told PEOPLE he was happy staying at home and doting on then-6-month-old Jordan, and didn’t plan a return to politics, though he would later go on to run for mayor of New York City in 2013.

“I’m very happy in my present life,” he said. “The only next dramatic steps I’m planning on are Jordan’s first.”

Added Abedin, “I’m proud to be married to him. My husband did a really stupid thing. It was an extremely painful time. But there was love and a commitment to this marriage.”

Abedin called her little brood a “normal family,” and explained that Weiner had taken to handling laundry and day-to-day tasks while she traveled to Washington for work.

The calm was short-lived, though. Weiner launched his mayoral campaign in 2013, a crusade that was ultimately crushed after he admitted to sexting other women, yet again.

Following this third and final blow to his marriage, his wife and son have remained in the Hamptons with the Clintons, in the middle of three days of pre-planned fundraising there.

A source told Politico, “She’ll get through it.”