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John McCain’s First Wife Comes Out of Hiding to Expose What He Did to Her

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John McCain will be remembered as a war hero and a dedicated public servant, regardless of however one might disagree with certain of his political positions.

But, as most people do, he also leaves behind a personal story, and it’s one of heartache and infidelity.

In an HBO special that aired just days before McCain died of brain cancer, his first wife, Carol, opened up about what he had done to her.

More than five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam had already put strain on John and Carol’s marriage. Upon finally returning home, McCain used his newfound celebrity status to catapult to senior positions first in the military and then on Capitol Hill. This, too, kept him away from home.

It was during this time, and as his marriage to Carol deteriorated to a point beyond saving, that John met his second wife, Cindy, a woman 15 years his junior.

“He was looking for a way to be young again, and that was the end of that,” Carol told the producers of the HBO special. “I didn’t know anything about it, I had no idea what was going on, I was pretty much blindsided and it broke my heart.”

McCain’s daughter, Sidney, and his two adopted sons (children from Carol’s first marriage) were similarly unimpressed by his unfaithful behavior.

“It left a bad taste in my mouth ’cause I knew it wasn’t what my mother wanted,” said Doug McCain.

“We were all shocked and heartbroken,” added Sidney. “It caused quite a rift within the family.”

Despite the fact that this family break-up happened nearly 40 years ago, what’s clear from the HBO interviews is that what McCain did is still a source of pain and heartache for these people.

Via People

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