Hillary Clinton opens up about the humiliation she faced when husband Bill Clinton admitted to having an affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
In a revealing interview with The Hollywood Reporter to promote her four-part Hulu series “Hillary,” the former first lady discusses a scene in which the former president acknowledges “the burden” his wife was put under, and expresses gratitude that she “thought we still had enough to stick it out.”
While referencing “The Book of Gutsy Women,” the 2016 presidential candidate said her “gutsiest decision” was staying in her marriage following the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal.
On Wednesday’s live episode of “The Real,” hosts Adrienne Houghton, Loni Love, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Jeannie Mai and Amanda Seales discussed whether they could stay married to a partner who committed adultery.
To begin, Mai mentioned how some women might stay in these kinds of relationships for the sake of children and/or finances.
“I think that’s a fear you always have when you get into a relationship, but you also have to understand, obviously, that there might be financial limitations if you leave,” she explained. “You might be staying for the kids. You might still be in love. At the end of the day, women who do that are courageous and are willing.”
However, Jeannie exclaimed, “I’m just not that bitch.”
Houghton agreed, adding, “Ultimately, everyone has free will and I respect whatever people choose to do in their lives, but very similar to Jeannie, yeah.”
Additionally, Mai brought up the difficulty in trusting your mate after an act of betrayal.
“How do you sleep knowing if he’s out, he’s really out where he’s saying? How do you look at texts the same? How do you not have those flashbacks of what it was like?”
In her interview, Hillary also discussed the criticism she faced — particularly from women — regarding her choice to stay with Bill.
When the publication discussed a quote from her campaign media consultant Mandy Grunwald, who said, “Women who judged Hillary for staying with Bill Clinton would have voted for Bill Clinton all over again if they had the chance. And kept saying so… And yet they took it out on Hillary,” Clinton responded, “That’s exactly right.”
“I wish I understood it, I really do,” she added.
Though she received judgment, Hillary said her experience with infidelity prompted other women to talk about their own stories.
“And look, I lived through that, where women were judging me, and then a little conversation would lead to the fact that they had a similar issue or their sister did or their friend did, and there was so much anxiety and even fear wrapped up in it,” she said.
“Hillary” premieres March 6.