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

It’s fairly common knowledge that John F. Kennedy had some skeletons in his closet when he resided at the White House. But it wasn’t just his alleged affair Marilyn Monroe that the 35th president of the United States tried to keep secret. Family tragedies, health issues, and substance abuse all dominated parts of Kennedy’s seemingly public life. (And yes, there were even more affairs mixed in there as well.) Here’s a look at the hidden love affairs 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 infamous wife, Jacqueline, knew he was an unfaithful husband and wanted to divorce him before he even became president. An unauthorized biography of her life reveals her father-in-law, Joe Kennedy Sr., offered Jackie a $1 million bribe 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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