February 5, 2010

Silent no more, wives go public about husband's affairs

Posted: 11:15 AM ET

South Carolina first lady Jenny Sanford talks to Larry about the sex scandal that ended her marriage. Her husband cheated on her and lied about it. Now she's moving on. Her story, Monday night at 9 ET.

(CNN) - In front of cameras and on the pages of widely promoted books, the wives of a few high-profile cheating husbands have been finding and broadcasting their own voices, a pronounced shift that has some who study infidelity applauding.

Available in bookstores Friday is "Staying True" by Jenny Sanford, who filed for divorce in December from South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, whose affair with an Argentine woman was exposed by reporters after he disappeared for several days last summer. Staffers said he was hiking the Appalachian Trail. He later admitted he was actually in Argentina with his mistress.

Sanford's published perspective is the latest addition to a small library of books written by wives betrayed by their prominent husbands. And the book arrives with perhaps the shortest time between marital shock and print.

Dina Matos McGreevey was one of the first political wives to make the public about-face with the release in 2007 of "Silent Partner: A Memoir of My Marriage." She stood shellshocked three years earlier, by the side of her then-husband, New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey, as he stepped up to a microphone, quit the office, and came out as a "gay American."

Elizabeth Edwards provided a glimpse into her journey with "Resilience: Reflections on the Burdens and Gifts of Facing Life's Adversities," published last May and months before she and her husband, former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, eventually separated.


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Joe G. (Illinois)   February 5th, 2010 5:27 pm ET

What does the Constitution say about all that garbage that goes on in politics? And is it really true that it was written?

Jim ..Ft. Worth...Texas   February 6th, 2010 3:04 am ET

No revelations in this story. Just the same old song.

Jim ..Ft. Worth...Texas   February 6th, 2010 3:12 am ET

She will appear on LKL and say the following: I forgive him; I won't take him back; he wants her back, or so he says; I knew it could happen; I was shocked when it did; he hasn't said he was sorry; the kids read his e-mail; he is a pig; i will move on for the kids....same old swan song....

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   February 6th, 2010 6:02 pm ET

Brave lady. At least she did try to save the marriage, but it didn't work out.........and you have to draw the line. She can hold her head up, he's the disgraced one.

Writing a book can also be cathartic. It is not an easy thing to bare your soul and infidelity is perceived as a shameful be hidden away. Good luck to her.

Glen   February 8th, 2010 10:44 pm ET

Jenny Sanford tonight.
What is this woman "on" tonight? Listen to her on the View today and this chat tonight. Huge difference. She's speaking like she's wired on something as her speech is flying at a speed that is unusual to say the least.

Inez   February 8th, 2010 10:52 pm ET

Kudos to Jenny Stanford! To me she is a very lovely, well spoken honest and speaking from the heart. She is holding her head up as she should and she has to live with her situation, her ex-husband and most of all her children. She is a strong attractive and intelligent woman and she is to be commended for going on LKL and speaking her piece. I myself admire her and understood everything she said, and I did not feel she was making excuses for him. Keep your head up Jenny!!!!!


Lorraine   February 8th, 2010 10:52 pm ET

If Mrs. Sanford's husband was so cheap, why did he have no problem flying to Argentina at public expense to visit his mistress? He had to pay the money back after the scandal became public.

Mary G. from Michigan   February 9th, 2010 11:19 am ET

Wow it seems like Tiger Woods is not the only cheat ...AND before anyone comments ....



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