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Bill Clinton Calls Monica Lewinsky Scandal 'the Most Stupid Thing I Could Possibly Do'

Bill Clinton Calls Monica Lewinsky Scandal 'the Most Stupid Thing I Could Possibly Do'

Bill Clinton is opening up about the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

The 73-year-old former U.S. president got candid in the new Hillary Clinton doc Hillary.

“I went and sat on the bed and talked to [Hillary],” Bill says in the doc (via People). “I told her exactly what happened, when it happened. I said, ‘I feel terrible about it.’ I said, ‘We’ve been through quite a bit in the last few years. I have no defense. This is inexcusable, what I did.’”

“[Nobody] sits down and thinks, ‘I think I’ll take a really irresponsible risk. It’s bad for my family, bad for my country, bad for the people who work with me,’” he continued. “That’s not what happens. It’s … you feel like you’re staggering around. You’ve been in a 15-round prize fight that’s been extended to 30 rounds and here’s something that will take your mind off it for a while. Everybody’s life has pressures and disappointments, terrors and fears of whatever. Things I did to manage my anxieties for years — I’m a totally different person than I was.”

Click inside to hear what else he and Hillary had to say…

He added, “What I did, it was bad, but it wasn’t like I thought, ‘Let’s see, how can I think about the most stupid thing I could possibly do and do it.’ It’s just not a defense.”

“I was just devastated,” Hillary said. “I just could not believe it. I was just so personally hurt and, ‘I can’t believe this. I can’t believe you lied.’ It was — anyways, horrible. And I said, ‘If this is going to be public, you’ve got to go tell Chelsea. You have to go tell your daughter. That’s worse than me.’”

“And so I did that, which was,” Bill remembered. ”Awful. Justifiably, because what I did was wrong. I just hated to hurt her.”

On deciding to get counseling, Bill Clinton said, “[My wife] deserved it, Chelsea deserved it and I needed it. I feel terrible about the fact that Monica Lewinsky’s life was defined by it, unfairly I think. Over the years, I’ve watched her trying to get a normal life back again, but you’ve got to decide how to define ‘normal.’”

Hillary is now streaming on Hulu.

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