Hunter Biden was smoking parmesan cheese, 'anything that resembles crack' at height of addiction

Joe Biden's son Hunter has opened up about his crack addiction and alcoholism while his father was Vice President.

Hunter Biden, 51, admitted he was abusing alcohol and drugs and barely slept after the death of his brother Beau in 2015.

"I spent more time on my hands and knees picking through rugs, smoking anything that even remotely resembles crack/cocaine," Biden told CBS Sunday Morning.

"I probably smoked more parmesan cheese than anyone that you know, I'm sure."

The 51-year-old said he once went 13 days without sleeping.

"I went, one time, for 13 days without sleeping and smoking crack and drinking vodka exclusively throughout that entire time."

His addiction was so bad his father intervened.

"He came to my apartment one time, and this is when he was still in office as Vice President. So he kinda ditched his Secret Service, figured out a way to get over to the house.

"I said, 'What are you doing here?' he said, 'Honey, what are you doing?' I said, 'Dad I'm fine,' he said, 'You're not fine'.

Hunter's addiction stemmed from the death of his older brother Beau, who died from a brain tumour at the age of 46.

"After Beau died, I never felt more alone, I lost hope," he wrote in his memoir 'Beautiful Things'.

After his brother's death, Hunter began a relationship with his late brother's widow, Hallie Biden, in March 2017.

"It came out of a real overwhelming grief that we both shared. And we were together, and trying to do the right thing," he told CBS.

"And that grief turned into a hope for a love that maybe could replace what we lost. And it didn't work. It didn't work."

The 51-year-old has been sober since he married South African activist Melissa Cohen in 2019.

The couple have a one-year-old son, Beau Biden Jr - named after his late brother.