Though Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton have been married for nearly 40 years, the former first lady just revealed she previously turned down two marriage proposals from Bill before they eventually tied the knot!
"I was terrified about losing my identity and getting lost in the kind of wake of Bill's force-of-nature personality. I actually turned him down twice when he asked me to marry him," Hillary, 67, confessed in a recent interview for actress Lena Dunham's new email newsletter, Lenny Letter.
Bill and Hillary in 1991. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Hillary then recalled that Bill, 69, first popped the question during a trip to England just after she had graduated from law school in the early 1970s.
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"I said, 'You know, I can't say yes. No, I can't do that right now. And then, about a year later, he asked me again, and I said, 'No.' He said, 'Well, I'm not asking you again until you're ready to say yes.' And that was a large part of the ambivalence and the worry that I wouldn't necessarily know who I was or what I could do if I got married to someone who was going to chart a path that he was incredibly clear about," she said.
Bill, Hillary and Chelsea in September 2011. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
When Bill asked for Hillary's hand in marriage a third time, she agreed and the pair exchanged vows in the living room of their Fayetteville, Ark. home in October 1975. They later welcomed their only child, daughter Chelsea Clinton, 35, in February 1980.
"It was a big leap of faith, and I think most marriages are," Hillary said of tying the knot.
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