Many world leaders were caught in adulteries, so it is interesting to remember the most striking cases. Here are the eight most viral ones.
Politicians of worldwide stature draw public attention in the same way as artists and performers do. Journalists keep a careful eye on their personal lives, and with good reason: their lives are full of intrigue, scandals, mistresses, and divorces. Many international leaders have been caught in adulteries; thus it’s worth remembering the most notable incidents.
8 Presidential Adulteries
John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe, one of the brightest actresses of the twentieth century, and American President John F. Kennedy are regarded as the brightest love story of the previous century. This story continues to fascinate historians and journalists since we have never been able to determine if their love affair was only a passing fancy or something more serious. In 1961-1962, we know Marilyn and John had a romance, but the paparazzi never captured them. That’s unexpected, given how closely the press was monitoring them.
The politician had an affair with a Hollywood celebrity. Monroe revealed it to a few of her close pals. It’s also a secret that she shared with the masseur, who was subsequently the source of the leak. After Monroe’s death, the press was filled with curiosity regarding their connection.
Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky
Bill Clinton, another American president, was discovered to have cheated on his wife while in office. For two years, Bill Clinton had an affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. However, concealing the affair was impossible, and when it became public, it sparked a major controversy that nearly resulted in impeachment. Clinton lied under testimony that he did not have an intimate connection with Lewinsky, but she had a trump card in her sleeve in the form of a dress in which they had sexual delights.
Lewinsky has become a household name across the globe as a result of the controversy, and her face has never left the front pages of the tabloids. But, given the severity of the persecution, it’s improbable that anybody would have desired such fame. Clinton’s political career was said to have been ruined by her. The girl couldn’t even leave the house without being trailed by photographers and journalists. Lewinsky’s psychological health was badly shattered as a result of the bullying, and she departed the United States for the United Kingdom, where she studied at the London School of Economics and even completed her dissertation.
Monica returned to the United States after finishing her studies, assuming that history had long been forgotten. However, due to her notoriety, she was unable to get employment. Working with the Bystander Revolution Foundation, the former mistress of the US president now assists individuals who have been harassed online.
François Mitterrand and Anne Penjo
President François Mitterrand of France was an exception. He not only had a mistress, but he also had two families at the same time. He also managed to live at the Elysee Palace with two of his favorite ladies. This delicious scenario was kept hidden throughout his lifetime, but it was disclosed after the politician passed on to the other side.
He was said to prefer his mistress Anne Penjo, with whom he had a daughter, over his official wife. He spent more time with her as a result of this. Both of his families were there despite the genuine first lady’s opposition to Anne Penjot’s attendance at Mitterrand’s burial.
Valéry Giscard d’Estaing and Sylvia Kristel
Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, another French president, was married to a woman. He picked the renowned actress Sylvia Kristel, who played the lead part in the sensual film “Emmanuelle”, as his unofficial lady of the heart. He didn’t disguise his mistress; in fact, he brought her on official travels with him, and she readily assumed the role of the first lady at government meetings. His connection with the actress was not hidden from the public eye, and the people reacted calmly and without censure to their leader’s romantic character.
It’s worth emphasizing Sylvia’s foresight in not seeking a divorce or claiming to be the first lady. Everything was OK with the actress until it was revealed that the president had affairs with other women. Their romance terminated quickly on this basis.
François Hollande and Julie Gaillé
François Hollande is just another French president for whom a single woman’s love was insufficient. He had an affair with Julie Gaye, an actress. And it’s possible that everything would have remained a secret if it hadn’t been for a stroke of luck. Journalists inquired why the president’s scooter was parked outside the actress’s home in early 2014. What was the public’s astonishment when it was revealed that Hollande had been having an affair with Julie Gaye on the side for three years?
The story burst like a bomb, with Hollande being slammed from all sides and Gaye openly admitting that her connection with the politician was a mistake. The storm passed, but it was later discovered that Julie and François continued to meet, although more warily. Hollande’s divorce came as a result of his extended involvement with a mistress.
Barack Obama and Vera Baker
Barack Obama is widely regarded as one of the most popular presidents in the United States. But he, too, has a narrative that tarnishes his image as a model family guy. Vera Baker, the 44th president of the United States, was having an affair with him. An interview with Obama’s driver, in which he said that the affair between Barack and his assistant started during the 2004 election campaign and got stronger after he was elected senator, made the public aware of this.
The pair met in the capital at a hotel. Although the footage from the hotel security cameras was not broadcast publicly, the driver’s statements were corroborated. Vera said categorically that she had never had an affair with President Barack Obama.
Viktor Yanukovych and Lyubov Polezhay
Although post-Soviet leaders’ personal lives do not elicit the same level of interest as their Western counterparts, there are exceptions. Following the iconic Maidan events in 2013, it was found that Viktor Yanukovich, Ukraine’s fourth president, had a mistress. Lyubov Polezhai, a fellow countrywoman, was the one. She was the sister of the president’s kitchen maid.
The future lovers were known to each other in one of two primary variants. Polezhai worked as a waitress in Mezhigorie (where Yanukovych’s apartment was situated) according to the first one, and that is how she met Yanukovych. The second version claims that she was a member of Yanukovych’s team and later grew close to the president after working as one of his assistants.
Despite having an apartment in Kyiv, Polezhai stayed in Mezhyhirya with her kid. When Yanukovych rushed out of his house after the Maidan events to flee Ukraine, Polezhai accompanied him, which was filmed by security cameras.
Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni
Carla Bruni, a well-known singer, and model who has had previous love affairs is an exception. This is what occurs when a man divorces his wife and marries his mistress. Bruni and Sarkozy struck up a discussion at a dinner gathering.
According to the official story, after his divorce from Cecilia Attias, the politician began dating a model. The story is widely believed to have started with a less glamorous beginning, with Carla Bruni being the cause for Sarkozy’s divorce from his 25-year-old wife.
Julia, their daughter, was born three years after they married in secret in 2008. It’s amazing to understand how Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni, a shady-looking president, found happiness and learned to cherish feelings.