DailyMail reports Bill Clinton claims that his affair with Monica Lewinsky was one of the ‘things I did to manage my anxieties’.
The former President suggests, in an explosive documentary seen by DailyMailTV, that he had the fling with the ex-White House intern while he was in office because it helped with his own issues.
Bill reveals that at the time he met Lewinsky the pressure of the job made him feel like a boxer who had done 30 rounds and he looked at Lewinsky as ‘something that will take your mind off it for a while’.
He makes the claims in an interview featured in the new documentary series that will air on Hulu about his wife Hillary Clinton, called ‘Hillary’, where the former First Lady and Secretary of State candidly reveals that in the aftermath of the scandal the couple underwent ‘painful’ marriage counseling.
Bill offers an apology to Lewinsky in the documentary that will premiere on Friday, and says he felt ‘terrible’ that her life was defined by their affair.
But he said that at some point when things don’t return to normal ‘you’ve got to decide how to define normal’, suggesting the infamous former intern should just move on.
The four-part series features extraordinary access to the Clintons’ inner circle and examines Hillary’s public life from her student days to losing the 2016 election to Donald Trump.
But the part about the Lewinsky affair – which the political couple rarely address in public – will likely be the most scrutinized.
The scandal led to Bill being impeached in 1998. But he survived the trial in the Senate and remained in office during his second term.
The last time Bill spoke about the scandal was in 2018 and it backfired spectacularly because he said that he did not owe Lewinsky a private apology.
This time he went through in great detail, at times appearing emotional as he talked about the moment he finally came clean to his wife.
His hand was forced in 1998 when it became apparent he had lied to a grand jury investigating his personal affairs by denying the affair.
Bill had also denied it to Hillary – and she believed him.
He said in the interview: ‘I went and sat on the bed and talked to her. I told her exactly what happened, when it happened. I said I feel terrible about it. We’ve been through quite a bit in the last few years. I said I have no defense, it’s inexcusable what I did’.
Hillary tells the cameras: ‘I was just devastated. I could not believe it. I was so personally just hurt and I can’t believe this, I can’t believe you lied.’
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