Lewinsky breaks decade of silence over Clinton affair

For the first time in years, Monica Lewinsky has written about her affair with US President Bill Clinton.

In an essay for Vanity Fair - to be published in full later this week - the former White House intern writes: "It’s time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress.”

Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Credit: David Miller/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

She goes on: "I, myself, deeply regret what happened between me and President Clinton. Let me say it again: I. Myself. Deeply. Regret. What. Happened.”

Monica Lewinsky hugging US President Bill Clinton. On his last day in office. Credit: Reuters

Lewinsky, now 40, says it is time to stop “tiptoeing around my past - and other people’s futures." Adding she is now talking about her experiences so she "might be able to help others in their darkest moments of humiliation."