On May 6 Vanity Fair released a portion of their official interview with Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Lewinsky has broken her silence after 10 years under the radar. Lewinsky shares her hopes that her openness will finally help her keep her past behind her so that she can finally move forward with her life.
Lewinsky began her internship at the White House in 1995 in which she shared her account of multiple sexual encounters with former President Bill Clinton. The “inappropriate behavior” that the president eventually admitted to subsequently lead to his impeachment in 1999.
Lewinsky, 40, decided that it was time to speak up due speculations that she was paid by Clinton to remain silent when in fact she states, it is time to stop “tiptoeing around my past—and other people’s futures”.
Lewisky claims that her life has been permanently altered from the humiliation she felt after the news of the affair became public. Lewinsky shares that it has been difficult maintaining steady work due to her reputation. Companies did not want to risk tarnishing their name because of Lewinsky’s history.
Lewinsky shared with Vanity Fair, “I’ve decided, finally, to stick my head above the parapet so that I can take back my narrative and give a purpose to my past”. Lewisnky makes it clear that she is uncertain what will come of her resurfacing and digging so deep into the past but she reveals that she is finally ready to find out.
Lewinsky has resided in multiple cities in the U.S. until moving to London and earning a Masters degree in Social Psychology at the London School of Economics. In 1999 Lewinsky cooperated with author Andrew Morton in his writing of Monica’s Story which is a biography of Lewinky’s life and tells her side of the infamous affair between her and Clinton.
Lewinsky’s full interview with Vanity Fair will be available in digital on May 8. The magazines will hit stands on May 13 nationally.