If Chelsea Clinton had never been born, Gennifer Flowers might still be together with Bill Clinton. At least that’s what Bill Clinton’s former mistress is claiming, 20 years after her allegations of an affair almost derailed Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign before it got on its feet.
In an exclusive interview with the Daily Mail, Flowers said Clinton told her that Hillary Clinton was bisexual and speculated that he would have left Hillary if it not been for the birth of the future first daughter.
“Bill and I would be together today if it wasn't for politics,” Flowers, now 63, told the British tabloid. “It was me, Bill and Hillary. Then they had Chelsea and the stakes got too high.”
Clinton was a little-known Arkansas governor in 1992 when Flowers came out with the allegations of a 12-year affair. Clinton initially denied the claims but later admitted to having a sexual relationship with the former Little Rock television reporter, although he said it was only on one occasion.
Flowers said Bill tried to arrange a meeting eight years ago, but she refused to chat with the former president. Now she says she regrets turning down the offer.
“We have some unresolved issues that it would be nice to sit down and talk about now,” she said. “He was the love of my life and I was the love of his life and you don’t get over those things.”
The contact came 13 years after Flowers and Clinton stopped talking to each other, she told the Daily Mail.
“He called me back in 2005 in New Orleans," she said. "He wanted to put on the hoodie and jog on over like he used to. First I was just shocked. He was so adamant about wanting to sit down and talk to me in person. It almost seemed like what I had heard of people who were going through a 12-step program and wanted to atone to people for various things.”
But Flowers said she was scared and felt deep down that she didn’t want to see Clinton again.
“If we had the opportunity to sit down and visit with each other in person, I’m not saying the romance would be rekindled but we will always have something," she said. "Whatever you might call it."
Flowers held a press conference in 1992 to allege the 12-year affair with Clinton just as he began his campaign to become the Democratic Party's candidate for president. But Clinton survived the storm, won the nomination, beat then-President George W. Bush in the general election, and went on to be elected to a second term.
Flowers said that if the affair took place today, it would have been harder for Clinton to deny the relationship (Clinton and his advisers initially claimed that the recorded phone calls between Flowers and Clinton were altered).
“I had recorded telephone conversations, thank God," she said. "But if I hadn’t had them and Monica [Lewinsky] hadn’t had that blue dress, we would have been cast out as crazy stalkers. I think today Bill and I would have texted every opportunity we got. So I would have had tons of texts from him.”