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Abedin says anger over Weiner ‘almost killed me’

Huma Abedin, the former top campaign aide to Hillary Clinton, said in an interview that aired on Sunday that her anger toward her ex-husband Anthony Weiner “almost killed” her.

In 2017, Abedin filed for divorce from Weiner after it was discovered that he had sent lewd images of himself to a minor. In September 2017, Weiner was sentenced to 21 months in prison and had to register as a sex offender. He was released from prison early in 2019 for good behavior.

When asked by host Norah O’Donnell on “CBS Sunday Morning” if Abedin still had any anger toward Weiner for an array of public scandals that eventually led to their divorce, Abedin said, “I can’t live in that space anymore.”

“I tried that. It almost killed me,” Abedin said.

Abedin detailed to O’Donnell “a very flirtatious text” from another woman on Weiner’s phone earlier in their relationship, around the time they had started discussing marriage.

“I was shocked. And I showed it to him right away and said, ‘What is this? Can you explain this to me?’ And he did: He was a public personality and that people communicated with him all the time,” Abedin said.

In her new memoir, “Both/And: A Life in Many Worlds,” Abedin wrote that the moment was “a warning sign.”

In 2011, around one year after they were married, Weiner admitted that an intimate photo he had posted on Twitter had been meant for another woman. Abedin lamented the loss of anonymity she experienced in the ensuing scandal.

“I liked my anonymity, a lot,” Abedin told O’Donnell. “I don’t read anything about myself. I never did.”

Abedin said that during Weiner’s 2013 New York City mayoral campaign, she was still going through a “tremendous amount of trauma” despite supporting him in public.

Speaking about her relationship with Weiner now, Abedin said they’re “good” and that she wishes him well.

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