Former President Bill Clinton
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Gennifer Flowers, former mistress of Bill Clinton, claims she would still have been with the ex-President of the U.S. if it was not for politics and his daughter Chelsea.

In an interview with the MailOnline, Flowers, claimed she had a 12-years-long affair with Clinton and that he was the "love of her life."

"We have some unresolved issues that it would be nice to sit down and talk about now. He was the love of my life and I was the love of his life and you don't get over those things," she said, adding that they would still be together had it not for Chelsea. "It was me, Bill and Hillary. Then they had Chelsea and the stakes got too high."

Flowers stirred up controversy during Clinton's 1992 Presidential election campaign alleging that he had  a 12-year affair with her. Clinton refuted her claims  after which she produced tape recordings of their calls in a press conference. Six years on Clinton admitted to his relationship with her. In his 2004 autobiography 'My Life,' Clinton confessed to  having sexual relations with her only once in 1977.

She went on to claim that the 67-year-old Clinton called her in 2005, 13 years later, and insisted  on meeting her. "He called me back in 2005 in New Orleans. He wanted to put on the hoodie and jog on over like he used to... He was so adamant about wanting to sit down and talk to me in person," she said adding that she regretted her decision to not meet him.

Flowers also spoke of Clinton's wife Hilary during the interview. She said she was not surprised when rumors of Hilary having an affair with married female adviser Huma Abedin made headlines. "I just know what Bill told me and that was that he was aware Hillary was bisexual and he didn't care. He should know."

In 1992, Flowers published a book, 'Passion and Betrayal,' in which she discussed  her relationship with Clinton. The same year December, she was featured in the 'Penthouse' magazine in the  nude. She reportedly earned around $1 million for it.

Flowers, who ended her 10-year marriage in 2005, said that she was still "affected" by the break-up of her affair  with Clinton. "I'm still affected by it, the Clintons in some way every day and every day something happens that sparks a memory. It was a defining moment in American culture absolutely and to an extent I paid a high price for my honesty."

Clinton's reputation has been marred by several such affairs. In 1998, his infamous affair with Monica Lewinsky made headlines.