Disgraced ex-US Rep. Katie Hill is pregnant with her first child
Former congresswoman Katie Hill has revealed that she is pregnant, posing in a bikini for Vanity Fair two years after resigning from office under a cloud when her ‘throuple’ with a campaign staffer was exposed.
Hill, 34, is now 21 weeks pregnant with her first child, she and her partner Alex Thomas, a former reporter for Playboy turned novelist, revealed in an interview with the magazine.
The couple are expecting a baby boy, and Hill described the pregnancy as a ‘miracle’ after openly discussing her battle with endometriosis, which left her with one ovary.
The California Democrat resigned from office in 2019 while facing a House ethics probe, after a DailyMail.com article revealed her three-way relationship with her then-husband Kenneth Heslep and 22-year-old campaign staffer Morgan Desjardins.
Former congresswoman Katie Hill has revealed that she is pregnant, posing in a bikini for Vanity Fair two years after resigning from office under a cloud
Her revenge porn lawsuit over the article, which included censored explicit images exposing the inappropriate tryst, was tossed out of court by a judge on First Amendment grounds.
A judge ordered Hill ordered to pay $105,000 in legal fees to DailyMail.com parent company Mail Media Inc, in addition to paying the legal fees of other journalists, which she says bring her outstanding legal costs to roughly $400,000.
With her savings depleted and without a steady paycheck, Hill is now considering bankruptcy protection from the court-ordered payments, according to Vanity Fair.
Prior to her fall from grace, Hill was considered a rising star in the Democratic Party, flipping a traditionally Republican seat in the US House in the 2018 election and cultivating a close relationship with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Hill’s partner Alex Thomas, a former reporter for Playboy turned novelist
Among her other struggles, Hill has been coping with the death of her brother, who died in a drug overdose in January 2020.
Now, as she mulls her political future with her first baby on the way, Hill is ‘ready to take control of her narrative’ according to the Vanity Fair article.
‘It f***s you up to have everybody have seen these horrible naked photos of you,’ Hill told the magazine.
‘I know I have my own responsibility…. I don’t ever want to take away from that,’ she said. ‘I also felt like there was a fundamental injustice here that happened and could only happen to a woman.’
Hill had previously interacted with Thomas in his role as a political reporter for Playboy, but had her first real interaction with him at the congressional baseball game in June 2019, just weeks after leaving her ex-husband.
She now says that that Thomas has been her ‘rock’ over the course of the last two years, and that the couple are ‘trauma-bonded.’
Hill said that she has no immediate plans to run for office again, with her focus currently on having her baby.
‘I need to find a way of kind of moving forward with my life, having this baby,’ she told the magazine.
Hill was once a rising star in the Democratic party before she fell from grace when her three-way relationship with her then-husband Kenneth Heslep and 22-year-old campaign staffer Morgan Desjardins was exposed (all three pictured together)
For the 2022 midterm election cycle, Hill says she plans to focus on her $2.3 million political action committee, dubbed Her Time, which aims to elect and reelect women to office.
‘That’s what’s going to get me through the next year. It’s not going to be trying to run my own campaign or do anything like that,’ Hill told Vanity Fair.
‘It’s just going to be like, these women need to stay in office and I’m going to have a baby,’ she said. ‘Then I guess by November, next year, after the midterms, I can kind of take stock again.’
For his part, Hill’s partner Thomas framed her struggles as an epic showdown between good and evil.
‘You grow up thinking the good guys win, like in every movie you ever see, because good guys win. Like, Rocky wins; Luke Skywalker wins,’ he told Vanity Fair.
‘When we’ve been talking a couple of times after the hard moments, it’s just like, that’s not how the world works…. Things go, like, dynamically wrong; the universe frowns upon you,’ he said.
‘These battles, these long f***ing battles, take a lot of time to win,’ he added. ‘Every time somebody tries to make society better, they lose a s**t ton at the beginning of it.’