Bill Clinton reveals he had an affair with Monica Lewinsky to 'manage anxiety'

Bill Clinton revealed why he had an affair with Monica Lewinsky.
Bill Clinton revealed why he had an affair with Monica Lewinsky. Photo credit: Getty.

Former US President Bill Clinton has revealed why he had an affair with Monica Lewinsky, in new documentary Hillary, about his wife Hillary Clinton.

Clinton says his scandalous affair with Lewinsky was a way of managing his anxieties.

According to the New York Times, Clinton is asked by the director why he had an affair with Lewinsky.

"Nobody sits down and thinks, 'I think I'll take a really irresponsible risk,'" he replies.

"It's bad for my family, bad for my country, bad for the people who work with me." 

He added the pressure of being in such a position makes "you feel like you're staggering around".

"You've been in a 15-round prizefight that was extended to 30 rounds, and here's something that'll take your mind off it for a while.

"Everybody's life has pressures and disappointments and terrors, fears of whatever, things I did to manage my anxieties for years."

Clinton added that when he told Hillary, he sat on the bed and talked to her.

"I told her exactly what happened, when it happened. I said I felt terrible about it. We've been through quite a bit in the last few years.

"I said I have no defence, it's inexcusable what I did."

But despite his honest revelation, some viewers were disgusted. 

"I wonder did he ever consider a Valium , Xanax or committing himself into an insane asylum? cause to make a statement like that there's something wrong with Bill Clinton. In fact there's something wrong with the entire Clinton camp," posted a social media user in retaliation. 

Another wrote, "YOU ARE A STRAIGHT UP PIG @BillClinton You're a deviant I suggest you & your sadistic wife @HillaryClinton go into 'RETIREMENT' while folks are still cool with you being free #LockThemUp."

Another said: "I just read about how Bill Clinton used his affair to 'manage his anxieties' and as a professional anxiousologist I have to say my dude, have you never heard of L-Theanine, meditation, or picking all the skin off of your thumb?"

In the documentary, Hillary also reveals the couple went through marriage counselling, which involved "painful, painful discussions". 

Lewinsky, an avid user of social media site Twitter, has yet to comment on the revelations.