Barbara, who died in 2018 at age 92, was one of only two American women to be both the wife and mother of U.S. Presidents with her Georges 41 and 43.
But many fans didn’t know that behind Barbara’s silver mane and bright smile lurked profound sadness.
The new biography The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty by author Susan Page claims Barbara’s husband George had a 12-year affair with his younger aide, Jennifer Fitzgerald, which drove her into a severe depression.
“Overwhelmed by pain and loneliness, she contemplated suicide,” Page wrote of the political wife’s toughest time.
Both Fitzgerald and George always denied an affair.
However, when George was assigned to head the embattled CIA in 1975, years before his presidency, Barbara “fell into darkness.”
She bravely pulled herself out of her depression and continued her marriage to George that only ended with her death, just months before his.
She said she was “still in love with the man I married.”
In fact, Barbara’s long life was a bumpy ride, both in and out of the spotlight.
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