Jackie Kennedy Demanded John F. Kennedy End His Affair With Marilyn Monroe, According To Recent Biography

Jackie Kennedy was well aware of John F. Kennedy’s feminine manners. Before she married the future president, she knew what she was getting into. While the first lady would often turn the other cheek when it came to her husband’s affairs, things were different with Marilyn Monroe.

When it came to JFK’s romance with a Hollywood bombshell, Jackie had to put her foot down. according to Marilyn Monroe: The Private Life of a Public Image, Jackie told the president he needed to end his relationship with Monroe. Failure to do so would destroy their public image.

First Lady of America Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy and US President John F Kennedy
First Lady of America Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy and US President John F Kennedy Tom Nebbia / Corbis through Getty Images

Jackie Kennedy knew that JFK would end up cheating on her throughout their marriage

A series of personal letters written by the first lady were published to the public (via Boston News). These letters describe her concerns about marrying a man with a flowing eye.

“He looks like my father in a way,” she wrote in her letters. “He likes to run and bother with the concussion. And once he’s married he needs confirmation that he’s still attractive, so he’s courting other women and insulting you. ”

President Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy by Car
President Kennedy and First Lady Jackie Kennedy Bettmann / Fios

In the letters, she also accepts that she and JFK will marry, but more for providential purposes than anything else.

She writes, “I think he was as much in love with me as he could be with anyone. And now he may want to get married because Grandfather needs a wife. But if he ever asks me to marry him, it will be for practical reasons – because his career is this driving force. ”

But despite Jackie’s knowledge of her husband’s impatient behavior, she remained in love with him because “he was always coming home to her.” But with Monroe, it was different.

President John F. Kennedy and his wife Jackie Kennedy
President John F. Kennedy and his wife Jackie Kennedy Bettmann / Fios

If it were discovered that the president belonged to the Hollywood sex symbol as one, it could have a detrimental effect on their public image.

Jackie Kennedy told JFK he needed to end things with Marilyn Monroe

According to Charles Cassilo’s biography with the title Marilyn Monroe: The Private Life of a Public Image, Jackie was strongly opposed to her husband ‘s relationship with Monroe. After her historic performance when she sang “Happy Birthday” to JFK, the public began to think about romance between them.

1954: Marilyn Monroe (1926 - 1962) arrives at the premiere of the film 'There's No Business like Show Business'
1954: Marilyn Monroe (1926 – 1962) premieres of the film ‘There’s No Business like Show Business’ | M. Garrett / Murray Garrett / Getty Images

According to a biography with the title Those few precious days: Jack’s final year with Jackie, A Monroe named Jackie. She contacted him telling her that JFK had promised to marry Monroe instead. And as reported by Vanity Fair, the first woman to receive a snarky response to a Hollywood star.

“Marilyn, you’ll marry Jack, that’s great,” Jackie replied, without fuss. “And you move into the White House, and you take on the responsibilities of a first lady. And I will move out, and you will have all the problems. “

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