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- In the new Hillary documentary, Bill Clinton confesses what prompted him to strike up an affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Hillary Clinton even talks about how the betrayal "devastated" her
In the new Hillary documentary, Bill Clinton confesses what prompted him to strike up an affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Hillary Clinton even talks about how the betrayal "devastated" her
The audience heard the apology Bill Clinton for an affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, when he was married to Hillary Clinton since the 90s, but not its reason. Two decades later, the 73-year-old former US president is finally telling the truth in his wife's upcoming documentary, Hillary, which will be released on March 6 in Hulu. In the documentary, Bill talked about the shocking infidelity that led to his infamous 1999 impeachment trial: “You feel like hesitating, you fought in a 15-round prize fight that was extended to 30 rounds, and here's what- what distracts you from it for a while is what happens."
For Bill, Monica was a source of relief; he adds: “In everyone's life there is pressure and frustration, horror, fear of anything. Things I've done to deal with my worries for years. I am a different, completely different person than I was 20 years ago."
Looking back, Bill admits: "I feel terrible about the fact that Monica Lewinsky's life was ruined after that, I think it's unfair." Monica, who was only 22 when her romance with the former president went public, later admitted in a 2016 interview with the Guardian magazine that she was "very close" to committing suicide after facing scrutiny from the media. Since then, Monica has become a human rights advocate against bullying, and Bill says in a new documentary, "Over the years, I've watched her try to get her life back."
But how did 72-year-old Hillary react to all this? Bill also talks about the moment when he had to somehow justify himself in front of his wife, with whom they have been married since 1975. “I went and sat on the bed and talked to her. I told her exactly what happened when it happened. I said I felt terrible about it. We've gone through a lot over the past few years. I said there was no excuse for me, it was unforgivable for what I did,”says Bill in the documentary. Hillary did not expect to hear such recognition, especially after Bill said on national television in 1998: "I have not had sexual relations with this woman, Ms. Lewinsky."
“I was just devastated. I couldn't believe it. Personally, it hurt so much that you lied,”says Hillary in the documentary. This led to the need for the help of a psychologist, whose counseling “was one of the hardest things,” says Bill. However, he believes it was "necessary" because Hillary and their daughter Chelsea Clinton, who was 18 years old when she found out about the case, did not "deserve it."