In a surprising revelation, Sean Hannity, the renowned news anchor and host of the popular show “Hannity” on Fox News, announced his divorce from Jill Rhodes in June 2020. However, unbeknownst to many, the couple had actually finalized their decades-long marriage dissolution in early 2019, long before Hannity became linked to Ainsley Earhardt.
Amidst rumors and speculation regarding the timing of Hannity’s relationships, it is important to set the record straight. “Amicable agreements were entered into over four years ago,” Hannity and Rhodes clarified in a statement to USA Today. The news of their separation may be recent, but the separation itself occurred several years prior. The couple, who had tied the knot in 1993, had been apart for quite some time leading up to the divorce, putting an end to their enduring love story that had begun in Alabama back in the early ’90s.
Before Hannity gained prominence as a news anchor, Rhodes had an established career as a political columnist for the Huntsville Times. Interestingly, Hannity would often reach out to her for advice and insight, cultivating a connection that would eventually blossom into something more. Rhodes revealed that she was captivated by Hannity’s charisma while watching him at a mayoral debate in 1992. “I looked at his face and I said, ‘That is the man I’m going to marry,'” she shared with People in 2002, reminiscing about the fateful encounter.
The former couple’s commitment to their role as parents has remained steadfast throughout their separation. They share two children, Patrick and Merri, born in 1998 and 2001, respectively. Despite their own relationship coming to an end, Hannity and Rhodes have prioritized the well-being of their children. “They maintain a close relationship as parents to their children,” the statement to USA Today affirmed.
Following his separation from Rhodes, Hannity began a new chapter in his personal life by entering into a relationship with Ainsley Earhardt, his fellow Fox News colleague and co-host of “Fox & Friends.” At the time of their romance’s inception, Earhardt’s daughter, Hayden, was just a young toddler. Meanwhile, Hannity’s children, Patrick and Merri, were teenagers. The blending of their families was a significant undertaking, but reports suggest that Hannity has become a caring father figure to Earhardt’s daughter. According to a source quoted by the Wowplus, “Sean adores Ainsley’s daughter Hayden.”
The intricacies of this love web can be difficult to untangle, but understanding the timeline provides a clearer picture of Hannity’s relationships over the years. From his fateful encounter with Jill Rhodes in Alabama to the dissolution of their marriage years later, and finally, the emergence of his relationship with Ainsley Earhardt, Hannity’s personal life has undergone significant transitions.