America hasn’t heard much from Hillary Clinton ally Huma Abedin since the 2016 election, but now, the top Clinton aide is speaking out on the toll her disgraced husband’s sex scandals took on her mental health.
In her first television interview, Abedin revealed that Anthony Weiner’s sexting drove her to contemplate suicide, the Daily Mail reported.
In 2017, Weiner was convicted of sending sexually explicit messages to a 15-year-old girl and served 18 months in prison, Politico reported. He is a registered sex offender.
The former New York congressman’s political career came crashing down years before, in 2011, when he accidentally shared a lewd photograph on Twitter with the public that was meant for a woman he was chatting with, the Daily Mail said.
Public support, private distress
Weiner’s 2013 run to be mayor of New York City was then marred when he was exposed for sexting women under the name “Carlos Danger.” Abedin stuck with Weiner through the scandal, appearing at a press conference where she said she had forgiven him. But privately, life was a tempest.
At one point, she wanted to jump in front of a subway train, she writes in her new book, Both/And. But her Muslim faith gave her strength, she told CBS’s Norah O’Donnell.
“Well, one of the best things I’ve had in my life is my faith, and the belief that there is always a way through,” she said, as the Daily Mail reported.
Separated but supportive
In 2016, Abedin said she would separate from Weiner after he was found to have sent more lewd images of himself that included their son, who is now 9, but she and Weiner are still finalizing their divorce. Abedin told O’Donnell that she wishes Weiner well, and that the two are on “good” terms now.
As a testament to that, Weiner praised Abedin’s new book, which reveals for the first time that Weiner was having sex with strange women in the family home. “Huma is a remarkable woman who has written a truly amazing book,” he said, according to the New York Post.
Abedin also described her shock when the feds seized the couple’s laptop days before the 2016 presidential election, which led the FBI to reopen its email probe into Hillary Clinton.
Abedin, who Clinton once described as a second daughter, says she was so angry with Weiner she wanted to “shake” him.
“‘Anthony,’ I said, wanting to shake him through the phone, ‘If she loses this election, it will be because of you and me,’” she wrote, according to the Post.