Woman reveals how Monica Lewinsky had an affair with her husband before she rendezvous with President Clinton
A writer has revealed how she discovered her close friend Monica Lewinsky was having an affair with her husband the year before the White House’s rendezvous with President Clinton became a national scandal.
Kate Nason has recounted now-ex-husband Andy Bleiler’s affair with their family friend in her new memoir ‘Everything Is Perfect’.
And she shared how the couple was in therapy to save their marriage when Lewinsky’s affair with President Bill Clinton brought them into the national media.
Nason says Bleiler was friends with Lewinsky after they met when he was a high school drama teacher.
Unbeknownst to Nason, their affair began in 1993 when Lewinsky was 19 years old and moved to Portland, Oregon.
Lewinsky was a close friend who looked after the couple’s children and called daily from DC, the New York Post reports.
Kate Nason (pictured) talked about her husband’s affair with family friend Monica Lewinsky in her new memoir ‘Everything Is Perfect’
A photo of former White House intern Monica Lewinsky meeting President Bill Clinton in a White House
Bleiler (right) and Nason (left) held a press conference in 1998 where the drama teacher admitted to having an affair with Monica Lewinsky
Nason writes that she was most impressed with Lewinsky’s bawdy humor, saying, “She always made me laugh and always made me blush.”
But in 1997, Nason said she was beginning to suspect her husband was having an affair with a co-worker.
“I confronted him about it and he was gaslighting me,” she told the New York Post.
But the co-worker later came to their house and confirmed her suspicions, dropping an additional bombshell – Bleiler was also in a relationship with the then 23-year-old Lewinski.
“I heard about them both that day,” Nason told the Post.
Lewinsky (pictured this year) was 19 when her affair with Bleiler began. Lewinsky was a close friend babysitting the couple’s children and calling daily from DC
Nason and Bleiler were in couples therapy to mend their marriage in January 1998, when news broke of Lewinsky’s affair with President Clinton.
Shortly afterwards, the press learned about Bleiler and Lewinsky’s affair.
“I wavered from that discovery when January 1998 happened,” Nason said.
“I got a call from my mom who told me she’d read a blurb about the… [Bleiler and Lewinsky’s] affair in the LA Times… Before the end of the day my voicemail was full. Within hours the press was at our door.’
Nasar says the press camped outside her Portland home and she was forced to hide with her kids in Los Angeles for a week, but the reporters hadn’t left, so she was forced to deal with the situation.
“I came back and it got worse, so we were advised to have a press conference to make them go away,” Nason said.
The couple held a press conference with their lawyer, where Bleiler was clear about his affair, and Nason silently agreed.
Nason says that after the press conference about the affair, the press continued to chase her into the supermarket and that she had to live in hiding for months
‘I said nothing. I stood there like a deer in headlights,’ she said. “My ex said a few words and then the lawyer took over. It seemed like an eternity.’
During the press conference, the couple’s attorney told the press that Lewinsky told the couple, “I’m going to the White House to get my presidential knee pads.”
Nason says the press continued to chase her after the press conference, even in the supermarket and had to live in hiding for months.
“It was horrible. Whenever there was a wrinkle in the business, there were people at my door,” she recalls.
“We lived with our curtains drawn for six to eight months. To experience something so private and so heartbreaking and broadcast so publicly.
“I sympathize with everyone who has been through this.”
The couple would divorce in 1999.
Nason says Lewinsky sent her a note apologizing ten years after the scandal, which she still “tucked away in a box,” the Post reported.
Nason says her new memoir isn’t meant to be a “gruesome narration,” but instead a “deep dive and self-calculation” to process the events, noting that she even changed Monica and Andrew’s names to Mallory and Charlie as a method of ‘self-preservation’.
“The book is really about my 30s, and the ridiculous mistakes I made along the way by ignoring my intuition,” Nason wrote in a blog for Audible.
“I was well aware that my big story had a big problem. How do I tell my story if another woman’s story gets tangled up in mine? In particular, a woman whose story has been told by herself and others,” she wrote.
“A woman who is in public and has worked to wrestle with her own minds, just like me. And then, of course, there was an American president and a first lady,” she added.
“At first I tried to write this story without them in it. Ultimately, the magnitude of these events in my life was so crucial that it was impossible to write them down.’