The biographer whose extramarital affair with then-CIA director David Petraeus triggered his resignation says she regrets the relationship and the harm and grief it caused her family.
Paula Broadwell told WSOC-TV in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday that she credited her husband and friends for standing by her as she rebuilds her life six months after her relationship with the married Petraeus was revealed by an FBI investigation and ignited a political firestorm.
"I have remorse for the harm, sadness that this has caused in my family and other families and for causes that we belong to," said Broadwell, the mother of two young children. "I'm blessed with family, community. That's been a great part of my rehabilitation and wonderful organizations that realize that even if you've made mistakes you can pick up, dust off and move on."
Broadwell spoke briefly last month with a reporter outside a Charlotte prayer breakfast, but Thursday was her first in-depth media interview since the scandal broke. Broadwell is a U.S. Army reserve officer who met then-Gen. Petraeus while researching a book about his wartime leadership in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The affair came to light after Broadwell sent vaguely threatening emails to Tampa socialite Jill Kelley, whom Broadwell viewed as a rival for his attention. Kelley showed the emails to an acquaintance who is an FBI agent.
For his part, Petraeus made similar comments in March in a speech at an event for soldiers in California, saying he was sorry for the affair and the pain it caused his wife, family, friends and supporters.
Broadwell spends much of her time working with groups in the Charlotte area that help returning veterans and wounded warriors with finding jobs and housing.