It’s been a minute since we’ve heard a peep out of Monica Lewinsky, a staple name-drop in songs about fellatio and the second name you think about when you hear President Bill Clinton besides his wife. Now 10 years after the infamous White House scandal, she has broken her virtual silence in a new piece for Vanity Fair.
“It’s time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress,” she writes. “I am determined to have a different ending to my story. 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. (What this will cost me, I will soon find out.)”
Aside from expressing her regret for the affair—“I, myself, deeply regret what happened between me and President Clinton”—Lewinsky insists that it was a consensual relationship, shared her bout with suicidal thoughts and explained how hard seeking employment was after “her history” went mainstream.
There was a bit of lightheartedness in the piece. She’s quite aware of her influence on pop culture, and playfully corrected Beyonce’s raunchy “Partition” line about a backseat rendezvous. “Thanks, Beyoncé, but if we’re verbing, I think you meant ‘Bill Clinton’d all on my gown,’ not ‘Monica Lewinsky’d.’”
The full story will be available digitally May 8 and on stands May 13, but read a few more excerpts over at Vanity Fair.
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