BY Benjamin ClarkJune 16, 2024
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 | June 16, 2024
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Exploring Jackie Kennedy's Secret Romance With Bobby Kennedy After JFK's Death

A recently published biography unveils the covert and controversial relationship between Jackie Kennedy and Bobby Kennedy following the tragic death of President John F. Kennedy.

The book delves deep into the personal bonds and consequential secrets among the Kennedys, spotlighting a delicate liaison that gripped two of America's most iconic figures, as the Daily Mail reports.

In 1963, the United States was rocked by the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, which caused manifold repercussions on a personal and national level. Among those hardest hit was his widow, Jackie Kennedy, who found solace in her brother-in-law, Robert F. Kennedy, otherwise known as Bobby.

The funeral of President Kennedy saw Jackie lighting the eternal flame at Arlington National Cemetery, symbolizing the start of her long mourning period. Following this poignant gesture, she and Bobby returned to the White House together, marking the beginning of their intimate journey bonded by shared tragedy.

This bond evolved into a complex relationship between Jackie and Bobby, a relationship maintained under the strictest secrecy. This was due to the potentially devastating social and political fallout it could have triggered.

Shared Grief Forges Intimate Bonds Between Jackie and Bobby Kennedy

Author Maureen Callahan, in her book Ask Not: The Kennedys and the Women They Destroyed, highlights how their shared trauma and the loss of JFK drew Jackie and Bobby closer. Callahan describes their connection as a "shared trauma" and a "terrible bond" that was cultivated in an environment of immense grief and public scrutiny.

As the years progressed from 1963 to 1968, Bobby increasingly became a pillar of support for Jackie, as well as a surrogate father figure to her children. According to Callahan, "Bobby was the only person keeping [Jackie] from killing herself," underscoring the depth of her despair and dependence on Bobby throughout her mourning.

This critical support system, however, was ensconced in strict secrecy, their relationship being labeled as "cataclysmic" should it have ever reached public knowledge. Yet, it was "whispered about in their social circles," showing the delicate balance they had to maintain.

The Burden of Secretive Love Amid Public Life

Bobby's commitment was divided as he spent a notable amount of time supporting Jackie and her children, significantly more than his time with his own family. This imbalance highlights the strong emotional ties that the shared grief had solidified between him and Jackie.

Such was the complexity of their relationship that Ethel Kennedy, Bobby's wife, seemed unaware of the depth of the connection between her husband and Jackie. Bobby's devotion to Jackie was both a source of solace and a potential risk to his familial and political endeavors.

Their secretive relationship endured until 1968, when Bobby commenced his presidential campaign and the dynamics within and around the Kennedy family began to shift once again.

Tragic Ends and New Beginnings: The Closure of a Secret Chapter

Tragedy struck again with Bobby Kennedy's assassination on June 5, 1968. In a poignant display of enduring loyalty, Jackie flew to Los Angeles from New York to console Ethel Kennedy, Bobby's widow. She also played a crucial role in the heartbreaking decision to turn off Bobby's life support machines, marking a grievous endpoint to their intimate yet concealed relationship.

Following this second profound loss, Jackie's life took another dramatic turn. She married Aristotle Onassis in October 1968, a decision that was influenced by many factors including Bobby's dislike for Onassis, with whom he suspected Jackie had previously had an affair even during JFK's life, a claim also noted by Callahan.

Thus, the complex interpersonal dynamics of the Kennedy circle continued to evolve, marked by affiliations, suspicions, and tragedies that intertwined their fates inexorably.

The Legacy of the Kennedys' Heartache and Triumph

The narratives of love, loss, and political legacy surrounding Jackie Kennedy and Bobby Kennedy provide a gripping insight into the personal costs of public service and the resilience needed in the face of overwhelming public scrutiny and personal tragedies.

The biography by Maureen Callahan not only explores their relationship but also underscores the immense pressure and the consequent personal sacrifices demanded by their roles in one of America's most visible families.

As we reflect on these events, the story of Jackie and Bobby remains a poignant reminder of the human element behind historical figures, whose personal experiences fundamentally shaped their public legacies.

Conclusion: Unveiling the Inner World of America’s Camelot

In conclusion, the story of Jackie and Bobby Kennedy reflects a narrative of intertwined destinies marked by shared grief, intimate bonds, and the relentless glare of the public eye.

Theirs was a relationship held together by personal loss and collective responsibilities, representative of the broader challenges faced by the Kennedy family.

As Callahan's biography reveals, these hidden facets of their lives provide a deeper understanding of the costs associated with living and governing under extraordinary circumstances.

Written by: Benjamin Clark



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