Huma Abedin filed for divorce this month, on the same day disgraced ex-congressman Anthony Weiner pleaded guilty to sexting with a 15-year-old girl, and it seemed she had finally come to grips with who her husband really is.
But now it appears the move to file for divorce was just another savvy political move on the couple’s part, since one, Huma hasn’t yet served him with divorce papers, and two, he is moving back home to their apartment, reports The New York Post.
Huma just “renewed the lease on their pricey Union Square duplex,” a luxury three-bedroom, 1,500-square-foot pad in New York. Anthony was supposed to hit the bricks Tuesday, but they just signed the lease on the pricey pad for another year. Before the invite to come home, Anthony had been crashing on his mother’s couch in Park Slope, Brooklyn. How far the mighty have fallen.
The serial texter, who as part of a plea deal will have to register as a sex offender and will be sentenced on September 8, was spotted this week leaving the building with the couple’s 5-year-old son, who he once lay next to in bed as he texted a crotch shot to a woman.
If so many couples who have split can find ways to co-parent their children peacefully without reuniting, why is Huma hanging on to a marriage with a man who has admitted himself he is “sick?”
On one hand, says Dr. Dathan Paterno, Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Director of Park Ridge Psychological Services in Illinois, it could be a case of “standing by your man for political purposes.” Any hope of Weiner returning to politics would hang on him getting completely healthy - and that would involve Huma sticking by his side, and portraying the image that they have repaired their marriage.
“Their marriage has always been one of political leverage,” Dr. Paterno says.
But Huma's reason for staying could also be much darker.
“The explanation [of why she would invite him home] becomes something of a Stockholm Syndrome,” he explains. “Like a kidnap victim who can't help but become drawn to one's kidnapper, some personalities can't help but feel trapped with the ‘sick’ spouse. The overly helpful, codependent personality is particularly vulnerable in this regard. The process is aided and abetted by a culture that views many forms of evil from a psychiatric perspective. From Huma's point of view, she stays to help heal the sick, rather than dumping a monster.”
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