Monica Lewinsky returns to 'burn the beret and bury the blue dress'

By Updated at 2014-05-07 02:54:56 +0000

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Nearly two decades after her name became synonymous with scandal, impeachment and one infamous blue dress, Monica Lewinsky is writing publicly about her affair with President Bill Clinton for the first time.

“It’s time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress," Lewinsky writes in the upcoming issue of Vanity Fair, explaining that she doesn't want people “tiptoeing around my past — and other people’s futures. I am determined to have a different ending to my story."

The revelation of Lewinsky's affair with Clinton created a firestorm in American politics, and led to the president's impeachment.

“I, myself, deeply regret what happened between me and President Clinton," Lewinsky writes. "Let me say it again: I. Myself. Deeply. Regret. What. Happened.”

The full essay will be published in the June issue of Vanity Fair, on newsstands May 8.

“Sure, my boss took advantage of me," Lewinsky continued, "but I will always remain firm on this point: it was a consensual relationship. Any ‘abuse’ came in the aftermath, when I was made a scapegoat in order to protect his powerful position."

By Dylan Stableford, Yahoo News

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