Monday, September 14, 2009

For McGreevey's Wife, an American Dream Turned Nightmare - May 2, 2007 – ABC News

Dina Matos McGreevey

Said When Her Husband Came Out,

Her World Shattered

At any given time in the United States, there are an estimated 2 million marriages where one spouse is straight, the other gay, according to an organization called the Straight Spouse Network.

Dina Matos McGreevey used to be tangled in one of them. The estranged wife of former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey, Matos McGreevey found out about her husband's double life shortly before he came out as a "gay American" and resigned from political office.

On "Good Morning America," she described how the news shattered her world.

"I thought I had it all, I thought it was the American dream, and it turned out to be a nightmare," she told ABC's Diane Sawyer.

As her husband came out on live television in August 2004, Matos McGreevey stood like a stone by his side, wearing a strange smile that she said was pasted over a pain almost too scalding to survive.

"You know he had the entire day scripted," she said. "His entire life had been choreographed, and even as his world was falling apart, he was still trying to script everything and making sure that day went as he wanted it."

Matos McGreevey said the former governor asked her to be brave at that announcement, like "Jackie Kennedy." In her new book, "Silent Partner: A Memoir of My Marriage," she writes that she was actually crashing, like someone "in a storm in a skid on black ice." Read complete article - ABC News

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