COLUMBIA — South Carolina first lady Jenny Sanford said it hurt when her husband, Gov. Mark Sanford, called his Argentine lover his 'soul mate' during a news interview, and said she is unsure whether her marriage will survive.
On Wednesday, Jenny Sanford spoke to Barbara Walters during an ABC special on the year's 10 most fascinating people.
Walters asked Jenny Sanford if she believed she was her husband's soul mate.
'Well, clearly not,' Sanford calmly said.
Will their 20-year marriage survive?
'I think the hurdles are significant,' the first lady said.
Jenny Sanford, who has garnered praise for refusing to stand by her husband as other political wives have, is estranged from him.
She and the couple's four children live on Sullivan's Island while Mark Sanford resides at the governor's mansion in Columbia.
The governor has been under fire since secretly leaving the state for five days in June to visit the other woman and misleading his staff to believe he was hiking the Appalachian Trail.
Jenny Sanford said that after she discovered the affair in January, she told her husband not to see the other woman.
While the first lady is writing a book about the aftermath of her husband's affair, has trademarked her name and has appeared in Vogue magazine, she told Walters that she's not interested in seeking office.
'I have no interest. I never have,' said Jenny Sanford, a Georgetown alumna who ran her husband's congressional and first gubernatorial campaigns and served as one of his top advisers.
The first lady is set to appear in a second hourlong interview with Walters in April in conjunction with her book's release.