Should Monica Lewinsky change her name considering it may always be tainted following the cheating scandal with past U.S. President Bill Clinton? Lewinsky has recently called herself “Patient Zero” in terms of being the first, most humiliated woman on the Web, but she is keeping her name and is not ashamed of who she is. Page Six News reveals this Monday, November 24, 2014, that despite all of the controversy and scandal from 1998, she never once thought about the idea of actually changing her name, and shares her inner feelings in a brand new interview.
As many people can attest when they look back, Monica Lewinsky became a household name after it was discovered that she had a sexual affair in the White House with Bill Clinton, the former President. Yet the previous intern recently shared her thoughts with Porter magazine about how she feels now about the scandal going public. While she may have been living the past 15 years or so out of the spotlight, she is now ready to make a comeback as a proud supporter of anti-bullying initiatives on the Internet.
The dark-haired beauty spoke about the rumored “Monica Lewinsky change name” gossip in her interview with the publication. She also posed for a stylish fashion shoot, which will be featured inside Porter magazine upon its release. Lewinsky says that she remains proud of her name and who she is, regardless of her being the unofficial “Patient Zero” or her infidelity with the former U.S. leader. She did admit that she is forced to use an alias for privacy reasons on occasion.
“No one else in the investigation had to change their name,” Monica revealed in a statement. “Why should I? I use aliases at times to protect my privacy, but I’m not ashamed of who I am.”
According to the Washington Times, the shameless 41-year-old has recently dubbed herself a unique set of nicknames. Lewinsky says that she was at one point the most “humiliated” woman in the entire world, and believes that she was “Patient Zero,” meaning she was the very first person to have had their standing and status utterly disgraced on the Web — and across the whole world, for that matter. She used this phrase this October 30 during a talk at the Forbes Under 30 Summit gathering.
In the interview with Porter magazine, Monica Lewinsky admits although she never changed her name, she suffered mentally over the past decade and a half following the affair with Bill Clinton. The 41-year-old admits that she was thinking about suicide for an extended period of time, and dealt with ongoing depression for years while she lived and worked between London and New York. Even now, everyone knows the name Monica Lewinsky — she says that the utter loss of privacy is one of the most challenging aspects she currently faces.
“For a long time I didn’t realize the implication of simple things, like looking for an apartment. Now when I fill out a form I have to think, ‘Will somebody go to the press with my private information?’”
The worst of all in terms of Monica Lewinsky’s name and her refusal to change it was back in 1998, when the scandal with former U.S. President Clinton was at its controversial peak. She said that there was a time afterwards she feared she might never even find work again following the affair’s aftermath. The full interview will be made available via Porter Magazine this Friday everywhere.
“In 1998 . . . I was terrified every morning for eight months that I would be indicted, then ultimately convicted and put in jail … I graduated from the London School of Economics with a master’s in social psychology,” Lewinsky says. “I had been job-hunting with little — really, no — success. It was at that point . . . that I began to realize how much damage has been done to my reputation — what had been taken from me. It was a frightening time filled with much despair, and anxiety and hopelessness.”