Hidden Love Affairs and Dark Secrets JFK Tried to Keep From Americans During His Presidency

It’s common knowledge that John F. Kennedy had skeletons in his closet while he resided at the White House. Family tragedies, health issues, and substance abuse dominated parts of Kennedy’s seemingly public life. (And yes, there were many cheating scandals, too.) Here’s a look at the hidden love affairs (page 10) and other dark secrets JFK tried to keep from the country during his presidency.

1. Joe Kennedy bribed Jackie to stay with his son

John F. Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline Kennedy

John F. Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline Kennedy | Stringer/AFP/Getty Images

Kennedy’s wife, Jacqueline, knew he was unfaithful and wanted to divorce before he even became president. An unauthorized biography of her life reveals her father-in-law, Joe Kennedy Sr., offered Jackie $1 million to stay with his philandering son. Jackie allegedly said the price would jump up to $20 million if JFK came home with any sexually transmitted diseases from his mistresses.

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