Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton have been married for 46 years; she twice said no to him before they wed

After being inaugurated as US President in 1993, Bill Clinton rose to become one of the most well-known individuals in the world. Since then, the politician from Arkansas has had a long and fruitful career, though a significant portion of his tenure in the White House was overshadowed by the scandalous affair with intern Monica Lewinsky.

At the same time, Bill has been wed to Hillary Clinton for more than 45 years despite the affair, which was unquestionably a huge scandal. The two have remained by one other’s sides through many difficult moments since they first met while attending college.

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It turns out that Hillary wasn’t entirely sure she wanted to wed Bill in the first place; it took him three approaches before she finally said yes.

William Jefferson Blythe III was given the name Bill Clinton on August 19, 1946 in Hope, Arkansas. Three months before Bill was born, his father died in a car accident, causing great grief for his mother, Virginia Kelley, at the time.

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His mother wed Roger Clinton when he was four years old. His stepfather, on the other hand, was not at all a good man. He allegedly beat Bill’s mother and was always intoxicated.

“I know it seems ridiculous, but I never despised Roger Clinton, my stepfather. Even after dad shot himself in this room, while inebriated, even after he beat my mother — even after I grew big enough to stop him from beating her,” Bill added.

Future president Bill Clinton, a teenage boy, shakes the hand of President John F. Kennedy (1917 – 1963) as other American Legion Boys Nation delegates look on during a trip to the White House in Washington DC. (Photo by Arnold Sachs/Getty Images)

I could somewhat understand that he was a fine man who struggled with his drinking. And that because he was overflowing with demons, he was unable to control it and used it to cause harm and harbour hatred. Although I despised what he did, I never loathed him.

Bill chose to adopt Roger Clinton’s last name while still in high school, despite what Roger did. He retained the first and middle names of William Jefferson, his biological father, but not his last name.

Presidential hopeful Bill Clinton is joined by his daughter Chelsea (L) and wife Hillary during his campaign for the presidency. (Photo by Brooks Kraft LLC/Sygma via Getty Images)

Hillary and Bill were both law students at Yale. At the 2016 Democratic National Convention, he spoke about his early impressions of her.

I met a female in the spring of 1971,” Bill said. “I initially met her in a political and civil rights class, which is just fitting. She lacked cosmetics and had thick blonde hair and large glasses. She also emanated a magnetic aura of strength and self-possession.

Although they had frequently crossed paths on campus, one particular event in 1971 altered everything.

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Bill and Hillary were in separate study areas of the law library. Hillary, though, spotted Bill staring at her. The young lady made the decision to put her book down and go talk to Bill about it.

“Look, I’m staring right back at you if you’re going to keep starring at me. We should at least be familiar with each other’s names. Who are you? My name is Hillary Rodham. Bill remembered Hillary having told him.

The future president was rendered speechless at the time. The two soon reconnected after he introduced himself. Bill proposed to Hillary after growing fond of her.

Bill remarked during the 2016 Democratic National Convention that “she exuded this air of strength and self-possession that I found magnetic.”

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“I just requested that she walk over to the art museum. Since then, we have been talking, laughing, and strolling together.

It came out that Bill and Hillary had a passion for politics. They started dating, and the following year they both contributed to George McGovern’s presidential campaign. Despite his defeat in the race, Hillary and Bill were happy with their work. Not least of all, Bill hoped that their excellent professional relationship would continue.

While visiting England in 1973, he asked Hillary to marry him. Hillary, regrettably, declined Bill Clinton’s offer, saying that she needed more time. But despite that, she was madly in love with him.

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Bill was in an alternative reality. There was a different degree of intimacy. In a Hulu documentary, Hillary stated, “I felt that he was the most interesting man I ever met, and ever would meet.

Hillary admitted to being “terrified” of losing her individuality and becoming lost in “kind of the wake” of “Bill’s force-of-nature-personality” when she spoke with Girls star Lena Dunham in 2016. The promising young woman wasn’t sure she could commit to a life in the spotlight, and she was aware that Bill intended to work in politics.

Bill re-asked her to marry him a year later. But she again declined, exactly like the first time.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MARCH 17: Bill Clinton is seen visiting his daughter Chelsea Clinton on March 17, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Say Cheese!/GC Images)

Well, I won’t ask you again until you’re prepared to say yes, he said. And that contributed significantly to my ambivalence and anxiety that, if I got married to someone who was going to follow a route that he was very sure about, I wouldn’t necessarily know who I was or what I could do.

Hillary was given time by Bill, and when he requested again, she agreed. The pair tied the knot in their Arkansas home’s living room in 1975. Only a few close family members and friends came to the event.

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