Hillary Clinton has said she decided to talk about her husband’s affair with Monica Lewinsky in her new Hulu documentary about her life because you ‘couldn’t do a film’ about the Clinton’s without mentioning it.
It was the biggest sex scandal of the nineties and now the former secretary of state is prepared to relive and retell the sordid Lewinsky saga in an unmissable docuseries.
As she promoted her upcoming film on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday, Hillary opened up about her shocking decision to revisit the affair between Monica and her husband Bill.
The documentary does not air until March 6 but Clinton spoke about the ordeal calling it “emotionally draining”, and praised herself for making the ‘gutsy’ decision to stay in her marriage.
After telling the director that no topics would be off-limits for the documentary series, Hillary called the situation ‘draining’.
She said: “It was a really emotionally draining experience to go through it again, but I have to say, once I saw the whole four hours of the documentary, I hope that our talking about this, my willingness to address all of this, really does help other people.
“People need to be thoughtful about the decisions they make in their own lives, and we should be kinder and more supportive to everybody who makes the best decisions that they think they can make.”
President Clinton also speaks in the documentary, about his affair with a then-22-year-old Lewinsky, who was a White House intern at the time.
Hilarry told Ellen: “Staying in my marriage was the gutsiest personal decision I ever made. So for me, revisiting that, talking about it, for my husband also to agree to be in the film and also to be asked, made it a bit difficult, there’s no doubt about it.”
“But you couldn’t actually do a film about my life and not cover something that everybody knew about because you could read about it, and everybody had an opinion about.”
Hillary continued to explain: “It’s fascinating because as you go through the film, some of the women who have been my friends and who have supported me personally and every other way, they talked about how so many women would be really upset because I chose to stay with my husband.
“A lot of the women would say, ‘I can’t support her, I don’t like her because she stayed with her husband.’ And they would say, ‘OK, why is that?’ And people would talk and pretty soon they would say that happened to my sister, that happened to my friend, and I always said everybody needs to make the best decision for you and your family.
“It was such a strange conversation because some of the very same people who would say, ‘I could never support her,’ would say literally in the next breath, ‘but I love her husband, I love Bill Clinton.'”
Ms Lewinsky, who was a White House intern at the time of the affair in 1996, remained quiet at first but news of the scandal broke two years later and almost ruined Clinton’s presidency after he was impeached by the US Senate and then acquitted.
Monica’s affair with Clinton famously saw the President remark: “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.”
Hillary decided to stand by her husband and continued to hold his hand at press conferences, much to the shock of the world watching.
Insisting that she wants the couple’s honesty about the situation to help other people going through similar things, Hillary admitted that it was tough to talk about but encouraged ‘kindness’ and ‘more support’.
Clinton gave 36 hours worth of interviews for the film. It is set to air on Hulu on March 6.
The film, directed by Nanette Burstein was reduced down from 1,700 hours of behind-the-scenes footage from her 2016 presidential campaign, including the tell-all interviews with Hillary.
The film also includes emotional moments, such as an interview with Betsy Ebeling, who was Hillary’s best friend since sixth grade and was being treated for breast cancer at the time. Ebeling died at 72 in July after filming the interview.
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