- The former White House intern whose affair with President Bill Clinton caused controversy in 1998 spoke about her new cause on GMA
- Lewinsky has been serving as a strategic adviser for the anti-bullying group Bystander Revolution since June
Ashley Collman For Dailymail.com
07:30 EST, 30 September 2015
09:02 EST, 30 September 2015
Monica Lewinsky kept her cool as she was asked to give her two cents on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, 17 years after her affair with then-President Bill Clinton made headlines.
While promoting her campaign to end bullying on Good Morning America on Wednesday, Lewinsky was asked how Mrs Clinton‘s latest run at the White House has impacted her life.
Lewinsky only smiled and said she was just glad that women were taking center stage in the race.
‘I think its really wonderful that we have women from both parties running for higher office,’ Lewinsky said. ‘However it may affect me personally is not something I’m going to talk about today.’
Monica Lewinsky said she’s glad women are running for president in both parties, when she was asked on Monday to weigh in on Hillary Clinton’s latest campaign
The former White House intern whose affair with then-President Bill Clinton sparked a nationwide scandal in 1998 appeared on GMA to speak about her anti-bullying campaign with the group Bystander Revolution
She then broke out into a laugh and turned the attention back to Bystander Revolution, the anti-bullying organization for which she has been working as a strategic adviser since June.
In her interview, Lewinsky detailed how her scandalous relationship with former President Clinton turned into a positive by leading her to join the non-profit.
She says it was her mother’s emotional reaction to the death of Tyler Clementi, a college student who committed suicide after being publicly outed by his roommate in 2010, that made her realize that she could help others by sharing the experiences of her own personal scandal.
Bill and Hillary Clinton pictured above in June, after the former secretary of state gave a campaign speech on Roosevelt Island in New York City
After Clementi’s death, Lewinsky says she realized her mother ‘was very much reliving 1998.’
When her affair with Bill Clinton was revealed, Lewinsky says her mother had to sit by her bed every night ‘because she was worried about what I would do if I were left alone’ and she wouldn’t even let her daughter shower with the door locked.
In the years following the scandal, Lewinsky stayed out of the spotlight but she said that it became ‘really hard to stay silent’ on the issue of bullying which is why she has returned to public life last year by penning a now famous cover story for Vanity Fair.
And its her work as an anti-bullying advocate that has helped her find purpose in life and fully move on from the story that has haunted her since she was 22.
Lewinsky says that while she used to be approached by people in the street because of the negative affair, they are now also showing interest in her charity work.
‘I really think that I’m grateful to have this opportunity,’ she said. ‘Even though I have suffered from shame, I’m not ashamed of who I am.’
October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and Lewinsky came on GMA to promote her group’s latest campaign called Month of Action.
During October, Bystander Revolution is calling on supporters to complete an action for every day of the month, ‘centered around one simple act that can help defuse bullying and shift the culture.’