Broadwell says she has moved on from scandal
RALEIGH — Paula Broadwell, trying to get back to life before the headlines, has apologized for her affair with retired Gen. David H. Petraeus, which led to his resignation as CIA director.
In her first in-depth interview since the affair, with ABC News affiliate WSOC in Charlotte, Broadwell said, “I have remorse for the harm that this has caused, the sadness this has caused in my family and other families.
“I'm the first to admit I've made mistakes, and I'm regretful for the pain I've caused, but at some point again you pick yourself up face forward and keep moving.”
She said she's “not focused on the past.”
Broadwell credited her husband and friends for standing by her as she rebuilds her life six months after her relationship with the married CIA director was revealed by an FBI investigation and ignited a political firestorm. TV crews camped out in front of her family home for days, and Broadwell went into seclusion. The couple has two young children.
“I'm blessed with family, community,” she said. “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.”