Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg sat down with Van Jones over at CNN over the weekend for an interview, during which he spoke about his husband, Chasten.
Since announcing his candidacy in January, Buttigieg has gone from a small town mayor of South Bend, Indiana to a national political figure, and raised an impressive $7 million along the way.
Asked how his husband Chasten is dealing with Pete’s newfound notoriety, the 2020 hopeful replies: “He’s pretty good at rolling with it, and I’m lucky for that. Frankly, he’s one of the best things I’ve got going for me. I love him. He’s grounded. He keeps me grounded.”
Of course, this isn’t Chasten’s first time at the rodeo. He was also around when Buttigieg was elected mayor of South Bend. So he knows a thing or two about what it means to be a political spouse.
“He was really alive to the ways that we could use our abilities to help people, to make people feel better just by showing up at their event,” Pete says. “He’s taken that same attitude on the trail. He definitely got more than he bargained for.”
And now, the question we’ve all be waiting for.
How did they meet?
“I met him through this app called Hinge,” Buttigieg confesses. “As soon as I saw his picture, I saw something in his eyes. I said ‘I gotta meet this guy.’ And then I did.”
And the rest, they say, is history.
Buttigieg says he was drawn to his husband’s “really quick wit” and describes their relationship sort of like a marathon, but in a good way.
“I was trying to keep up with him, and what I found was that I’m still trying to keep up with him in a lot of ways.”