Former U.S President, Bill Clinton has opened up about his extramarital affair with his secretary, Monica S. Lewinsky in the White House.
According to reports, Clinton described the incident that led to his impeachment in 1998 as a way of “managing his anxieties.”
In a new documentary about the life of Hillary Clinton, the director, Nanette Burstein asked the former president why he engaged in an affair with Lewinsky who was 22 at that time and whether he weighed the risks,
“Nobody sits down and thinks, ‘I think I’ll take a really irresponsible risk,’” Mr. Clinton says.
“It’s bad for my family, bad for my country, bad for the people who work with me.” He says that he was under enormous pressure, but that his actions were inexcusable.
“You feel like you’re staggering around — you’ve been in a 15-round prizefight that was extended to 30 rounds, and here’s something that’ll take your mind off it for a while.
Everybody’s life has pressures and disappointments and terrors, fears of whatever, things I did to manage my anxieties for years,” he added.
Reacting to the revelation, the Former presidential candidate and secretary of state Mrs Clinton told the documentary she was devastated by her husband’s infidelity.
“I could not believe it. I was so personally just hurt and I can’t believe this, I can’t believe you lied,” she said.
The documentary is in four parts and will be ready for viewing on Hulu from Friday.
A particular episode of the documentary was solely centered on the affair.
In that episode, Mr Clinton offers an apology to Ms Lewinsky, who in recent years has begun to publicly speak out about their relationship, saying her view of it changed during the #MeToo movement. She struggled for years to fight her life being defined by the affair.
The former president said he felt “terrible” that her life had been “unfairly” tainted by it.