Barbara Walters has admitted to having an affair with married U.S Senator Edward Brooke in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, that is scheduled to air next Tuesday.
The View creator and veteran newswoman had a passionate affair with Massachusetts Republican, who was the first African-American to be elected by a popular vote to the Senate, for several years in the 1970s.
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Barbara will appear on The Oprah Winfrey Show to promote her upcoming autobiography, Audition: A Memoir, which is set to hit bookstore shelves May 6th.
Brooke was married to Remigia Ferrari-Scacco – his Italian war bride – when he met Walters at a New York City restaurant in 1973. Walters recalled how they reconnected several months later in Washington and Brooke invited her for lunch at the Senate Dining Room.
“He told me that he had never stopped thinking of me since the night we met,” the journalist wrote.
Soon they were having a physical relationship, staying at his friends’ Virginia home and at his Watergate apartment. There were summer getaways to Martha’s Vineyard. “We never ran out of things to talk about, and of course there was the fascination of our having to be so secretive,” Walters recalled. “But I was beginning to resent the sneaking around, and I slowly began asking myself if we could ever be married.”