Paula Broadwell is finally talking — the first time since her affair with former CIA director David Petraeus went public last year.

In her first public remarks since the scandal, Broadwell spoke briefly to a Charlotte TV station after attending a YMCA prayer breakfast Tuesday. “The mission today, the prayer breakfast today, was to speak about redemption and slowing down in life and finding purpose,” she said. “It really touched my heart. I’ve made some mistakes in the past but I’m trying to look forward with my family.”

Broadwell said she had returned to her faith-based roots “for strength, for my family, for myself and to protect our children and to forgive others and move on and face forward.” She did not mention Petraeus by name or the fallout from the extramarital affair, but shared that she’s been spending time with her family, volunteering with wounded warrior organizations and veteran support initiatives in North Carolina, and working on her PhD.

“I’m not seeking publicity,” she said. “I’m seeking meaningful work.”


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