The activist says she leads a very 'full and fulfilling' life

By Liz McNeil Rose Minutaglio
September 30, 2015 02:00 PM

Ask Monica Lewinsky about her work as an anti-bullying advocate and she’ll answer any question you have, but ask her about her dating life and she’s not as forthcoming.

“You can ask it, but I keep my personal life private. I think people have known enough about my romantic life for a lifetime,” she told PEOPLE.

Lewinsky, 42, gave a rare interview this week to talk about her work with Bystander Revolution and their October campaign, Month of Action, to fight back against online shaming.

“I think that Bystander Revolution’s mission and my mission is to change things, for people to feel less alone in their experiences,” she tells PEOPLE. “I’Ve been able to give a purpose to my past. I want others to know they can do it too.”

Lewinsky, who made headlines in 1998 for her affair with President Bill Clinton, is working hard to end bullying culture.

“Do I wish my past were different? Absolutely,” she says. “But given all things not changing, I absolutely have had demonstrations where surviving what I have, has resonated for someone else.”

After breaking her silence last year and giving an anti-bullying TED Talk in March, Lewinsky has been working, as she says, “to shift the culture.”

And she is “grateful,” for all the changes that have come with sharing her story. “I have a very full and fulfilling life,” says Lewinsky who is based in New York but travels often to Los Angeles and London for her work.

“I’m simple! I love to have a good laugh, go to dinner, see a show, concert or movie,” she says. “I’m looking forward to the new season of The Good Wife“.

As for the future, she says, “I’m thrilled to be working with Bystander Revolution. I never imagined things could change as much as they have for me so I’ll let the future continue to surprise me.

“I’ve promised Barbara Walters a dance at my wedding so I hope to make good on that promise some day!”

Read more about Lewinsky and the #MonthofAction project in this week’s PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

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