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“It’s time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress,” says Monica Lewinsky, speaking for the first time in a decade about her affair with former President Bill Clinton.
In an exclusive Vanity Fair story, America’s most famous intern will write for the first time ever about the scandal and how it made her “the first person whose global humiliation was driven by the Internet.” Now 40, she is “determined to have a different ending to my story.”
The article, titled “Shame and Survival” gives insight into how the 1998 affair changed her life. Lewinsky says the 2010 suicide of Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi, who jumped to his death after a video showing him kissing another man streamed online, inspired her give a purpose to her past. The article is the first public effort in Lewinsky’s current plan to advocate on behalf of online bullying and harassment victims.
Lewinsky will share about the struggle to build a career, reveal the offers she declined to make millions from her story and continue to maintain that the relationship she and Clinton shared was real and mutual.
Vanity Fair featuring Lewinsky will hit newsstands May 13.