Did Robert F. Kennedy stray in his marriage? New book reveals shocking rumors of infidelity

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Robert F. Kennedy Flirted and May Have Been Unfaithful to His Wife, Book Claims

Robert F. Kennedy and his wife Ethel were once admired as members of the American royalty, but new allegations reveal their love story may not have been as virtuous as one believed.

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Friends knew him as Bobby Kennedy, and he was known to be at the head of what appeared to be a perfect family, including 11 children, until his assassination more than 50 years ago.

Larry Tye, author of new book 'Bobby Kennedy: The Making Of A Liberal Icon' spoke to Robert's widow Ethel Kennedy as well as others who were part of his inner circle to reveal that the late New York senator and U.S. attorney general may have been unfaithful in his marriage.

"Some who know him say that Bobby flirted (like other members of the Kennedy family), and may have been unfaithful," Tye said, but clarified, "I don't know whether or not Bobby cheated."

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16th March 1938: Joseph Patrick Kennedy (1888 - 1969), the American Ambassador and financier with his wife and five of their nine children at the Princes Gate home in London. Left to right: Kathleen, Edward (who became a Democratic senator), Joseph Kennedy, wife Rose Kennedy, Patricia (1924 - 2006), Jean and Robert, who became a Democratic senator before his assassination. (Photo by H. F. Davis/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
circa 1964: Outside his residence at number 10 Downing Street, London, the British prime minister Sir Alec Douglas-Home, right, shakes hands with Robert Kennedy, US attorney general, and brother of the assassinated American president. Kennedy is in London for talks with the British government. (Photo by Kent Gavin/Keystone/Getty Images)
A family pay their respects at the John F Kennedy Memorial after the assassination of Senator Robert Kennedy, Runnymede, Surrey, England, 6th June 1968. (Photo by Tilbury/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
6th June 1969: Mrs Stephen Smith and her daughters place flowers on the grave of her late brother, Senator Robert F. Kennedy following a memorial service at the grave site on the first anniversary of the late Senatorfs death. (Photo by Gene Forte/Keystone/Getty Images)
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Tye explained that extramarital affairs within the Kennedy clan are not unheard of, though frowned upon. Despite rumor of possible infidelity, Tye believed "(Bobby) was the most puritanical and sanctimonious of the Kennedy boys."

According to Tye, rumors surrounding the family has plagued 88-year-old Ethel since her husband died, but "she long ago stopped listening to or reading them. She tried to block them out then, too, although they must have hurt."

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Amid the gossip, Tye said Ethel never wavered in solidarity with her husband: "She never disclosed any suspicions. What she knew then and still does is that she loved her husband more completely than she'd dreamed possible. And she knew he always came home, not just to the kids but to her."

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