Fool me once, shame on you. Fool Huma Abedin four times, and she’ll still take you back, The New York Post reports.
After years of public humiliation by her sext-a-holic husband, Anthony Weiner, 40-year-old Abedin finally separated from the former congressman in August, one day after The Post reported that he had sent yet another explicit photo to a woman — this one showing his toddler son asleep beside him.
But sources tell The Post that Hillary Clinton’s righthand woman is now giving the marriage another try.
“Huma has been working hard on her relationship with Anthony,” said a source close to the Abedin family. “He has been spending 80 to 90 percent of his time at the [Irving Place apartment] they share . . . If there is a disagreement, he goes to his mother’s apartment in Brooklyn.
“Both [his and her] families are hoping they will reconcile.”
Another source, who worked closely with Bill and Hillary Clinton for several years, corroborates this, saying the breakup was “more for optics for the campaign and [under] pressure from Hillary’s camp.”
It’s hard to believe a reconciliation is under consideration given how many times Weiner has betrayed his wife.
In May 2011, he accidentally tweeted out a photo of his erect penis in boxer briefs that he apparently meant to send privately to a college student. Asked about the tweet, he initially denied sending it. Two weeks later, Weiner resigned from Congress as more women with more photos emerged.
While Weiner was running for mayor in 2013, additional sexts and photos came out, posted under the alias “Carlos Danger.” Refusing to withdraw from the race, he came in fifth place with a mere 4.9 percent of the vote.
As his wife led Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, even more sexts were uncovered. Last September, the Daily Mail alleged that Weiner had sent X-rated messages to a 15-year-old girl. The next month, Abedin was sucked into the FBI’s investigation into Clinton’s e-mails after her then-estranged husband’s laptop was seized.
Despite all of this, the family friend said, the couple is still in love. They blame “the pressures of the campaign and presidential race . . . and him drifting off into obscurity” for Weiner’s most recent relapse, the friend added.
The friend said that since completing outpatient therapy for sex addiction last fall, Weiner has been continuing treatment in New York City.
“A lot of [their] friends believe this is an illness, that he is sick,” said the friend. But “Huma takes it into consideration that there’s been no affair, or physical contact that anybody is aware of. He never met [the women].”
Abedin may be forgiving, but Manhattan parents are less so.
The friend said the couple is sending their 5-year-old son, Jordan, to a “fancy private school downtown,” but that there have been complications.
“Parents were very concerned . . . They didn’t want [Anthony] to be on the playground,” said the friend, adding that Abedin and Weiner eventually reached an agreement under which Weiner will not show up for drop-off and pickup. (Abedin and Weiner’s lawyers did not reply to requests for comment; A representative of Abedin’s refutes the claims of reconciliation.)
It’s a sacrifice, but Abedin is ready to do whatever it takes to emerge from the shadows after years of major career disappointments and personal struggles — including being part of two failed Clinton presidential bids and getting named as one of the “Western Muslims” on an ISIS hit list last April.
For years, Abedin, who worked as an intern in 1996 for the then-first lady before rising to vice chair of Clinton’s 2016 campaign for president, seemed a reluctant public figure — her hair always perfectly blown out, but her head down, as though the flash of a camera might melt her. Last November, two days after Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump, Abedin’s façade finally shattered: She was seen openly weeping outside campaign headquarters.
Lately, though, Abedin has been embracing the spotlight like never before. She was in the front row at the Prabal Gurung and Oscar de la Renta/Monse shows this past New York Fashion Week. She was spotted accompanying Clinton to the John Barrett Salon last week for a paparazzi-friendly glam session. And this past week, she has been gallivanting around Los Angeles with a big smile on her face. She made a very public visit to Disneyland with actor Tony Goldwyn — who played the president on “Scandal.” She also attended the Hollywood Walk of Fame Star ceremony for film producer Haim Saban on Wednesday with famous womanizer and composer David Foster.
The Clinton source said that, despite her seeming reluctance, Abedin has always adored “that celebrity s–t. She loves the fashion world. She always has. When she married Anthony, nobody could understand it because he’s one of the world’s greatest a–holes . . . but she saw a life she wanted to live, that provided her with a lot of the stuff that she’s drawn to.”
He’s also not surprised that the duo is getting back together given that Abedin has been encamped with the Clintons for more than two decades.
“You can be around a real world of value or you can live in a fake Clinton world that’s totally dysfunctional and without principle . . . and [with] an incredible amount of selfishness and narcissism,” the source explained. “She doesn’t know any different because she doesn’t want to know any different.”
“Huma likes to go to all these things — fashion-show front rows — and that all emanates from her connectivity to Hillary,” he added.
“She’s addicted to the Clinton drug.”
In a glossy, designer-filled August 2016 Vogue spread, Abedin herself said, “I have often thought that if I weren’t in politics I would work in fashion.”
The Clinton source said Abedin was even in talks with Vogue to possibly work at the magazine post-election but that she wanted too much money. (Both a representative for Abedin and Vogue refute this account.)
A former senior Clinton aide who worked closely with Abedin during the 2016 race told The Post that a shift into the fashion world has been nixed. “I know she has been advised by people in the fashion industry not to do that,” he said.
The former aide confirmed Abedin is now working for Clinton, saying that whether she will be employed by Hillary’s personal office or the Clinton Foundation is moot. “If she’s working on Hillary’s time and schedule and appearances and public positioning, it’s not material who pays the check,” he said.
“Huma has had an unbelievably successful and interesting career, but also, she wants to work on a successful presidential campaign — which is an experience she hasn’t gotten to have yet. So it wouldn’t shock me at all if she stayed involved in politics in some way.”
He ruled out the possibility of Abedin running for elected office herself, though.
Despite tongues wagging about her and Goldwyn, whom she met when he campaigned for Clinton, the “Scandal” star is married.
Besides, the family friend said, Abedin is too busy working things out with Weiner to date other men.
“They clearly have rebuilt a life together,” the friend said. “How romantic it is, I can’t tell you.”
If one thing’s certain, it’s that Abedin — much like her mentor, Clinton — is resilient.
“Oh, my gosh, this is not a person who feels sorry for herself,” the former aide said.
“In the same ways Huma brought Anthony back for the  mayoral race, she’s willing to emerge and see how the spotlight is going to treat her,” the friend said.
“She is favorably received everywhere. She has done a lot of favors for a lot of people over the years. She was the gatekeeper, and she opened that gate a lot more than she closed it.”