Fact Check

No Evidence Ashley Biden Said She Feared Her Father 'Coming in the Shower' with Her

The alleged quote has been circulating online for months without a shred of evidence to support it.

Published Dec. 8, 2022

Updated April 29, 2024
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Claim:
U.S. President Joe Biden's daughter, Ashley, once wrote in a diary, "I [am] so afraid of him coming in the shower with me that I've waited until late at night to take a shower."

In late 2022, social media users were sharing a quote meme that claimed Ashley Biden, the daughter of U.S. President Joe Biden, once wrote of her father in a diary,?"I [am] so afraid of him coming in the shower with me that I've waited until late at night to take a shower." According to the quote meme, the sentence appeared on pages 67 and 68 of the aforementioned diary.

We have so far been unable to find any evidence whatsoever indicating that this is an actual quote from Biden's daughter.

A supposed diary quote said Ashley Biden wrote she was afraid of her dad coming in the shower.

We previously published detailed coverage?about rumors of the existence of a diary that allegedly belonged to Ashley Biden. A reproduction of the purported diary was leaked online by the right-wing blog National File in October 2020, just one month ahead of the U.S. presidential election. Although the evidence that the diary and its alleged contents were authentic was largely circumstantial for a time, Ashley Biden herself finally confirmed its authenticity in a April 8, 2024, letter to the judge overseeing the sentencing of one of the people convicted of stealing the diary.

Moreover, the leaked diary, which Ashley Biden had kept while she was recovering from addiction, does contain a page on which she ruminated on the possible reasons she felt "hyper-sexualized" at a young age. In addition to feeling uncomfortable at the house of a certain family she knew and "having sex with friends @ a young age," she wrote of "showers w/my dad (probably not appropriate)."

However, we skimmed through all 112 pages of the PDF file and found nothing resembling the quote "I [am] so afraid of him coming in the shower with me that I've waited until late at night to take a shower." It does not exist in the document.?

Some Facebook commenters appeared to believe the passage was real, despite the fact that the post included no links or source material of any kind. One person commented, "Our President. Wake up America." Other users remarked that they found the quote to be "sick." We even noticed one person claiming that the diary was "clearly staged by the Biden administration."

One of the most engaged posts containing the quote meme was in a?tweet?from Nov. 30, 2022.

A supposed diary quote said Ashley Biden wrote she was afraid of her dad coming in the shower.

Additionally, in October 2022, the quote appeared in a post on the r/conspiracy subreddit on Reddit. So skeptical were the users of the self-described "free thinking" Reddit forum?about the Ashley Biden quote that the top comments of the post were filled with dismissals.

Despite all of the skepticism in the r/conspiracy post, the thread still showed a score of around 1,300 points, meaning that it had been believed to be real by quite a few users.

We have rated it "Unfounded" due to a complete lack of evidence that any such passage about being afraid of her father or taking showers late at night exists.

More: Have Contents of "Ashley Biden's Diary" Been Verified?

Sources

Bullock, Warren. Facebook, 4 Dec. 2022, https://www.facebook.com/warren.bullock.7/posts/pfbid0VoDHSTHcTpCBVAs1Z5LNSkRwGgNYo2gg1gwKQD2NMLFwXR8W6yGCVzdxMek37q6Ml.

Cercone, Jeff. "The FBI Did Not Confirm Any Contents of Ashley Biden's Diary." PolitiFact, 15 Sept. 2022, https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2022/sep/15/facebook-posts/fbi-did-not-confirm-any-contents-ashley-bidens-dia/.

@Gitmo99. Twitter, 30 Nov. 2022, https://twitter.com/Gitmo99/status/1597946250703564800.

Howley, Patrick. "EXCLUSIVE SOURCE: Biden Daughter's Diary Details 'Not Appropriate' Showers With Joe As Child."?National File, 24 Oct. 2020, https://nationalfile.com/exclusive-source-biden-daughters-diary-details-not-appropriate-showers-with-joe-as-child/.

Kasprak, Alex. "Did Ashley Biden Accuse Joe Biden of Inappropriate Behavior in a 'Leaked Diary'?" Snopes, 7 Dec. 2022, /fact-check/ashley-biden-leaked-diary-accusation/.

Regular_Witness_7014. "Ashley Biden Talking about Her Father, Joe Biden." r/conspiracy via Reddit.com, 17 Oct. 2022, www.reddit.com/r/conspiracy/comments/y69443/ashley_biden_talking_about_her_father_joe_biden/.

Updates

April 29, 2024: This article was updated to reflect that Ashley Biden confirmed that the diary and its leaked contents were authentic in a letter written to a district court judge on April 8, 2024.

Jordan Liles is a Senior Reporter who has been with Snopes since 2016.

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