Heartbroken Barbara Bush was driven to despair — and nearly took her own life —after discovering her husband’s torrid affair with a young staffer, according to an explosive new biography.
After George H.W. Bush was tapped to lead the CIA in 1975, the future first lady “fell into darkness,” claims author Susan Page in her book The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty.
“Barbara Bush found herself falling into the worst personal crisis she had faced since daughter Robin had died more than two decades earlier,” writes Page. “Overwhelmed by pain and loneliness, she contemplated suicide.
“She would pull over to the side of the road until the impulse to plow into a tree or drive into the path of an oncoming car had passed.”
“I really wasn’t brave enough to kill myself, but that’s why I pulled over,” Page quotes Barbara as saying before her death in 2018.
Though the mother of six officially chalked up her tears to being an empty-nester and George’s refusal to discuss his top-secret government gig, insiders suggest another reason for the loyal wife’s woes — Bush’s assistant Jennifer Fitzgerald.
The future president was “simply captivated” by flirtatious Jennifer after being introduced by a family friend in 1973, claims a source.
Jennifer’s former housemate recalls besotted Bush phoning the ho