Inside Kim Kardashian's 'boyfriend' Van Jones' dramatic life including recent divorce & nasty feud with Wendy Williams
VAN Jones has hit the spotlight in recent months thanks to romance rumors with a newly-single Kim Kardashian.
But the CNN reporter, 52, has also been racking up headlines all on his own thanks to his recent divorce from Jana Carter and nasty feud with Wendy Williams.
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Van and producer Jana Carter were married for 13 years before they divorced in June 2019.
The couple wed in 2005 and were together for more than a decade before Jana filed for separation in September 2018.
Van announced his pending divorce on Instagram, writing: "Divorce means the end of a marriage, not the end of a family. #FamilyForever."
In a statement to PEOPLE, the political commentator said: “Though we have decided to end our marriage, we still love each other very much."
He added: "We will continue raising our kids together, running our businesses together and supporting each other’s growth. There is no beef or drama – just evolution.”
The couple share two sons named Mattai and Cabral.
Jana asked for joint legal and physical custody in the divorce proceedings and the couple continue to co-parent their kids.
Van – who was first linked to Kim in February – clearly wanted to keep his marriage breakdown out of the spotlight, as he snapped at Wendy Williams when she quizzed him about it.
Back in April 2019, Wendy said to Van on her show: "They are getting a divorce. The divorce is not finalized. You still wear your ring."
Van interjected and said: "You got something on your hand, too, so I ain’t talking about that."
The Van Jones Show host was referring to the large floral diamond ring Wendy had on her left hand.
The talk show host fired back pointedly: "Excuse me. This side of the couch is for the asking of the questions. That side is for giving up the information."
Van conceded, saying: "[Jana] was my best friend 20 years ago and she's my best friend today.
"We're going to keep on doing good. Just because one thing changed doesn't mean everything changed."
Wendy continued to probe, asking Van if he will continue to wear his wedding ring while dating.
Van looked taken aback, exclaiming: "You getting personal man!"
He added: "First of all, I got no dating life. I've been off the market for 20 years.
"Now you have to go on apps, and put all your information on there – I ain't doing that. I'm good. I'm just trying to save the world."
Van has previously faced struggles in his political career as he was forced to resign as an advisor to Barack Obama in 2009 after he described Republicans as "a**holes".
He was working as White House environmental adviser and was called Obama's "green jobs tsar" at the time.
Van faced what he called a "smear campaign" after a video surfaced in which he made the derogatory remark.
Fox commentator Glenn Beck and Republican members of Congress also took issue with the fact that he had signed a 2004 letter suggesting that George Bush may have knowingly allowed the 9/11 attacks to happen.
Van resigned from the White House, saying at the time: "Opponents of reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign against me."
Fans have been encouraging Kim, 40, to date close friend Van since she filed for divorce from Kanye West in February.
Kim and Van, who is best known in the UK for crying on television when Joe Biden won the US election, have known each other for years.
The friends worked together on criminal justice reform, helping to free Alice Johnson from jail in 2018 after she was jailed for life for a first-time drug offense.
One fan commented, "They look good together" below a picture of the pair at a criminal justice summit.
Another tweeted: "Kim K dates up, Van Jones would be a perfect match in this political climate.”
On Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Kim studied for and took the “baby Bar” in preparation for the difficult test.
Kim, who shares North, 7, Saint, 5, Chicago, 3, and Psalm, 1, with Kanye, 43, filed for divorce from her third husband after nearly seven years of marriage.
The divorce filing came after Kanye struggled with his bipolar disorder last summer, going on rants on Twitter and at his presidential rallies.
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