'In a couple of years… God willing': Chelsea Clinton admits to wanting children with her husband as she finally breaks silence on her personal life
07:14 GMT, 15 August 2012
Chelsea Clinton has spoken publicly for for the first time about her marriage; giving her mother the 'grandchildren she has always wanted'; and following her parents into politics.
Famously protective of her private life, the 32-year-old daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton has long stayed silent on her relationship with husband Marc Mezvinsky, but in a new interview, the pair candidly discuss their future.
In the new September issue of Vogue, her husband calls Ms Clinton 'the yin to [his] yang', while she admits to wanting children 'in a couple of years, hopefully…God willing'.
Another Clinton in politics Chelsea admits in a new interview with Vogue that she wouldn't rule out running for office in future
Last year there were reports that the couple’s marriage was in trouble, based on the fact that Mr Mezvinsky, an investment banker, had rented a house in the West 'to play the ski bum' after he left his job at 3G Capital.
The paparazzi camped outside their building, and for the past two years, people have continued to ask if the couple were getting divorced.
Her chief of staff, Bari Lurie said: 'None of it was true.
'But what put a strain on them was that the stories were being written because none of us were paying attention to it. It was an eye-opening lesson. Chelsea realized, “Maybe I need to get out there and demystify myself a little bit”', she said.
The pair met in 1992 at a retreat the Clintons regularly attended during their White House years, when Ms Clinton was just 12, and he was 15.
While they remained friendly from afar, it was after Ms Clinton attended Stanford University, where her future husband was a sophomore, that their friendship turned into something else.
Apparently, their relationship only
remained platonic until Ms Clinton broke up with her longtime boyfriend
from Oxford, Ian Klaus.
Facing up to fame: Ms Clinton sparked a media storm when she married investment banker Mark Mezvinsky in 2010, in a lavish ceremony believed to have cost $3million
Ms Lurie explained: 'Chelsea really used Marc as a shoulder to lean on, and it just kind of happened. She always says that it’s like one of those bad after-school specials.'
During the interview, Ms Clinton also reveals how impatient her mother is for grandchildren.
She admits: 'It’s certainly something that Marc and I talk a lot about. I always knew I was the center of my parents’ lives when I was growing up. And I am determined that our children feel the same way.
'Marc and I are both working really hard right now, but I think in a couple of years, hopefully . . . literally, God willing. And I hope my mom can wait that long.'
Hillary was 32, the age her daughter is now, when she gave birth in February 1980, after becoming the first lady
of Arkansas, and the first woman to be made full partner in the Rose
Law Firm, where she was earning more money than her husband.
Perhaps needing to make a bigger mark on
the world before she becomes a mother, Ms Clinton also discusses the
possibility of following her parents into politics.
Like mother like daughter Ms Clinton says it was after her mother's campaign, in 2008, that she reconsidered the idea of following in her footsteps
She says: 'Before my mom's campaign I would have said no. And now I don’t know…
'If there were to be a point where it
was something I felt called to do and I didn’t think there was someone
who was sufficiently committed to building a healthier, more just, more
equitable, more productive world
'Then that would be a question I’d have to ask and answer.'
Ms Clinton also alludes to the Monica Lewinsky scandal that rocked her family, however she refuses to
dwell on the downside.
'There were constant reminders of how blessed I
really was, and the blessings always far outweighed the burdens,' she says of the Clinton's roller-coaster scandal during their time at the White House.
Ms Clinton, who sparked
a media storm when she married Mr Mezvinsky in
2010, in a lavish ceremony believed to have cost $3million, admits it was only afterwards she decided fame was either 'something I could continue to ignore or it was something I could try to use to highlight causes that I really cared about.'
First daughter: Chelsea , in 1994 with her then-President father and mother Hillary, says she has long fielded questions about running for office herself
Breaking her silence: The interview with the former First Daughter appears in the new September issue of Vogue
'Historically I deliberately tried to lead a private life in the public eye,' she said. 'And now I am trying to lead a purposefully public life.'
She added that the suggestion of her running for office has been a question she has fielded her whole life.
'Even during my father’s 1984 gubernatorial campaign, it was, “Do
you want to grow up and be governor one day” No. I am four,' she recalled.
She says she believes 'there are many ways for each of us to play our part…
'For a very long time that’s what my mom did. And then she went into elected public life. Her life is a testament to the principle that there are many ways to serve.'