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Why did Dina agree to appear at the press conference in the first place? Although Jim had told Oprah that he and his wife had prayed about Dina attending the press conference, Dina says that didn't happen. "He didn't sit me down and say, as he said, [that] we sat and we prayed about it and he said, you know, 'I'm gay,'" she says. "That didn't happen."

Dina says her decision came as the result of examining her own thoughts and consulting with a therapist. "[My therapist said], 'Do whatever you're comfortable with,'" she says.

Ultimately, despite the humiliation it caused her, Dina says she chose to be at Jim's side for the sake of their then-2-year-old daughter, Jacqueline. "I thought about it, and I thought, well, I've stood by his side all these years. We have a daughter together, and one day she's going to hear about this or read about it, and she's going to ask me, 'Mommy, why weren't you at Daddy's side?'" she says. "So I was there for my daughter's father. And I also had nothing to hide. I had done nothing wrong."
FROM: Dina McGreevey, Estranged Wife of the Gay Governor
Published on January 01, 2006


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