Bill had also denied it to Hillary – and she believed him.
He said in the interview: “I went and sat on the bed and talked to her. I told her exactly what happened, when it happened. I said I feel terrible about it. We’ve been through quite a bit in the last few years. I said I have no defence, it’s inexcusable what I did”.
Hillary tells the cameras: “I was just devastated. I could not believe it. I was so personally just hurt and I can’t believe this, I can’t believe you lied”.
Hillary told Bill that he was the one who had to tell their daughter Chelsea, who was 18 at the time. He thought it was worse than telling his wife and he said that doing so was ‘awful’.
Asked why he took such a risk with his family, his marriage and his country, Bill said he wasn’t thinking about those things when he cheated.
Instead, the pressures of being in the White House led him to seek a distraction.
Bill did not explain exactly what he was referring to, but Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Lucinda Franks has claimed that in 1999 Hillary told her Bill confessed that his mother abused him as a boy and caused him to become a sex addict.
The family went to Martha’s Vineyard for a vacation and when they returned Hillary had decided to stand by her husband and fight his impeachment.
On the helicopter ride there Chelsea took them both by the hand.
An emotional Hillary says in the film: “When she did that, oh my gosh, I thought that’s just so incredible, so strong and so wise”.
Hillary described the marriage counseling sessions with Bill as “painful, painful discussions”.
Bill said: “Counseling was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do but it was necessary. She deserved it, Chelsea deserved it and I needed it.
“I feel terrible about the fact that Monica Lewinsky’s life was defined by it, unfairly I think.
“Over the years I’ve watched her trying to get a normal life back again, but you’ve got to decide how to define normal’.
The documentary was directed by Nanette Burstein whose previous work includes a film about eccentric internet entrepreneur John McAfee.