Bill Clinton was impeached while in office after it was proven that he lied about having sexual relations with White House intern, Monica Lewinsky -- but in a recent interview, he claimed that the affair held him to manage his anxieties.

I feel terrible about the fact that Monica Lewinsky's life was defined by it, unfairly I think," Clinton Hulu's series, Hillary. "Over the years, I've watched her trying to get a normal life back again, but you've got to decide how to define normal."

Bill says he was just trying to ease his stress.

"Nobody sits down and thinks, 'I think I'll take a really irresponsible risk. It's bad for my family, bad for my country, bad for the people who work with me.' That's not what happens," he said per The Daily Mail. "You feel like you're staggering around, you've been in a 15 round prize fight that was extended to 30 rounds and here's something that will take your mind off it for a while, that's what happens. 'Because there, whatever life — not just me. Everybody's life has pressures and disappointments, terrors, fears of whatever. Things I did to manage my anxieties for years. I'm a different, totally different person than I was, a lot of that stuff 20 years ago."

Is this a legit excuse or his he reaching?