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September 02, 2016 02:15 PM

Almost 20 years later, Hillary Clinton is opening up about the private heartache she endured when husband Bill Clinton‘s affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky became a very public matter.

In a clip from an upcoming documentary set to air on CNN Monday night, the Democratic presidential nominee tells reporter Pamela Brown, “It was really hard. It was painful. And I was so supported by my friends. My friends just rallied around.”

Hillary Clinton, who was first lady to then-president Bill Clinton at the time the scandal broke, adds that her friends would visit and “try to make me laugh, they would recommend books to read, we’d go for long walks, we’d hang out, you know eat bad food.”

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“Just the kinds of things you do with your friends, and it was something that you just had to get up every day and try to deal with while still carrying on a public set of responsibilities,” she says. “So it was very, very challenging.”

The Clinton special will air on CNN Monday night and will be followed by a documentary on her Republican rival,
Donald Trump.

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