President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden have publicly acknowledged their 4-year-old granddaughter, Navy Joan Roberts, for the first time after facing backlash for previously referring to having six grandchildren rather than seven.
"Our son Hunter and Navy's mother, Lunden [Roberts], are working together to foster a relationship that is in the best interests of their daughter, preserving her privacy as much as possible going forward," the president said in a statement shared with a news outlet.
"This is not a political issue, it’s a family matter," the statement continued. "Jill and I only want what is best for all of our grandchildren, including Navy."
As OK! previously reported, Hunter and Lunden were locked in a series of years-long legal battles over paternity, child support and Navy's name. The First Son initially claimed he'd never had a sexual relationship with Lunden, but in 2019, a DNA test confirmed that he was the little girl's father.
Late last year, the former exotic dancer petitioned a judge to change her daughter's surname from Roberts to Biden, however, Hunter fought the request, claiming bearing the famous name would make it difficult for her to enjoy a "peaceful existence" away from the public eye.
Now, a source familiar with the situation spilled that Hunter and Lunden's court battles played a role in the Biden family's lacking relationship with the 4-year-old.
"You have to remember there were some fairly contentious legal proceedings between Navy’s parents happening until just a few weeks ago. As grandparents, the Bidens are following Hunter's lead," the source explained. "They are — and have been — giving Hunter and Lunden the space and time to figure things out."
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"Thousands of families have faced similar circumstances, working it out in private, versus the spotlight," the source added. "At the center is a 4-year-old girl and everyone wants what is best for her, including all of her grandparents."
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People reported President Biden's statement, as well as the source's comments.