JFK's student mistress reveals affair after decades of silence

Mistress reveals her four-year affair with JFK and compares him to Harvey Weinstein: Psychotherapist, 83, says president ‘singled her out’ as a student and promised her ‘fame and fortune’

  • Diana de Vegh, 83, has opened up about her affair with JFK for the first time 
  • Her affair with the then-senator started in 1958 and was on and off for the next four years 
  • She said that despite the #Metoo movement, she was still seeing many young girls getting involved with powerful older men like she did
  • ‘The whole idea of conferred specialness – “You go to bed with me, I’ll make you special” – we’ve seen a lot of that with Harvey Weinstein…’ she said 

Diana de Vegh, now 83, (pictured) kept her illicit affair with then-Senator John F. Kennedy a secret for 63 years

An 83-year-old grandmother has revealed for the first time she had an affair with President John F. Kennedy when he was a senator and she a 20-year-old college student. 

Diana de Vegh, who now lives in New York City,  wrote her story for Air Mail News, a digital weekly, in her own words. 

It is the first time she has spoken of her affair with the then-future president in public since it happened 63 years ago.  

She told The New York Post that despite the progression of feminism and the #MeToo Movement, she still sees too many girls devoting themselves to older, more powerful men, much like she did. 

She told the Post: ‘The whole idea of conferred specialness – “You go to bed with me, I’ll make you special” – we’ve seen a lot of that with Harvey Weinstein, Roger Ailes, show business.’

De Vegh met John F. Kennedy in a Boston ballroom in 1958 while she was a student at Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  

He was on his reelection tour for senator when he gave a speech in Boston before sidling up de Vegh’s table and asking to sit. 

De Vegh recalled Kennedy asking her date to give up his seat. 

‘Give me your seat, so a tired old man can sit next to a pretty girl,’ she recalled to the New York Post.   

De Vegh met Kennedy (pictured with his wife) at a political dinner where he an electrifying speech before coming to sit at her table. He would personally invite de Vegh to the next event and their affair started there and would go on for four years 

‘Young woman, great man,’ she wrote for Air Mail News. ‘Predictable outcome: heartbreak for her, no consequences for him.’ 

Before the relationship started, de Vegh admitted she felt like she was ‘wilting.’   

She wrote: ‘But here, now, in this ballroom, adrenaline poured through me. A star galvanizing a crowd… here he was. Center dais. Easy in the spotlight.’ 

‘Finally, a place to land. A place to belong. I just had to become part of this: glamour, drama, suspense. How would it turn out? Then, suddenly, the senator was at our table.’ 

She recalls wanted Kennedy to notice her: ‘I wanted to be one of the favorites. Actually, I wanted to be the favorite.’   

Kennedy would personally invite de Vegh to his next event outside of Boston. She and Kennedy would have an on-again-off-again affair for four years.

De Vegh (pictured with her brother) told the New York Post there was an inequal balance of power between her and Kennedy and she hopes young women stop devoting themselves to old men 

His driver picked her up and drove her these events and his staff would attend to her by grabbing her coffee.

She later realized what they were actually doing: making sure she was inconspicuous at public events and not drawing attention to herself. 

‘What could I have been thinking? Obviously, I wasn’t thinking,’ she recalled. ‘I was feeling, in full movie-star-infatuation mode. 

‘Only this movie star was a worldly actor who was going to make everything different. And I would be part of it, carried along in the wake of his power.’

‘I didn’t realize then that I’d simply been netted.’ 

De Vegh admitted that it was easy to avoid Jackie Kennedy (pictured with her husband), as she did not attend these types of events

Kennedy had gotten married to Jackie Kennedy five years before de Vegh’s affair with him, something she chose to ignore to stay ‘in my bubble.’  

She admitted it was easy to avoid Mrs Kennedy, as she did not attend to events at ‘this level of suburban campaigning.’ 

De Vegh would enjoy the car rides home with the senator after the events and she would think of ‘smart things to say.’  

Sometimes they would go back to ‘the apartment,’ as Kennedy called it, a place he kept in Boston. In the apartment, they were ‘something different.’ 

One night Kennedy told her he was hungry and took her back to the apartment. She convinced herself she was in love with him that night. 

She wrote: ‘This was love, for sure. And…now, it was sex for sure.’ 

But she found herself wanting to flinch when he placed his hands on her and she was confused. 

‘This was love… love not spoken, not the explicit words, but silently conveyed in so many ways. So why the confusion?’ she questioned in her editorial. 

She recalled how different it was for women back then. 

She wrote: ‘There were consequences for young women who might stray from the accept path. Nice girls, didn’t have sex. If they did, trouble started with a “bad reputation” and rolled downhill from there.’ 

She remembered the lesson she learned from her mother, who married someone outside of her societal class which ended in divorce: ‘Men could be trouble, tears-and-long-days-in-bed trouble.’ 

Kennedy would be accused of having multiple affairs, including with Marilyn Monroe (pictured), as well as White House employees

Now she’s questioning her affair with Kennedy, a man twice her age at the time. 

‘For a great man, he was still in the throes of the male mythology of his time: see a pretty woman, have a pretty woman,’ she wrote.

She would eventually be cast to the side as Kennedy threw himself in a presidential campaign. 

They spent less time together and he eventually told her: ‘We’ll meet when this is all over.’

They eventually lost interest and contact and she moved to Paris. 

A year later, Kennedy would be assassinated and de Vegh found herself in disbelief. 

‘I just went completely numb,’ she told The Post. 

The next day she would grab a copy of every newspaper. 

Eventually, de Vegh got married and moved back to the US and had two daughters. Like her mother, she would eventually get divorced and find a new partner. 

But she kept Kennedy a secret. 

Kennedy would be accused of having many affairs with many women, like White House employees and some even high-profiled actresses, like Marilyn Monroe.

Now de Vegh is ‘old and blind’ and works as psychotherapy for the past 20 years out of her West Village apartment and prefers it that way.  

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