updated 07/24/2013 AT 6:00 PM ET
•originally published 07/24/2013 AT 7:00 PM ET
When they invited PEOPLE into their Manhattan home last summer – their first interview since he resigned from Congress amid scandal – Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin (joined by baby son Jordan) were the picture of a family tested, but healed and happy again, with Anthony’s sexting habit kicked.
Now, he tells a very different version of What I Did Last Summer, calling it “a rough time in our marriage.” (Asked Wednesday at a campaign event whether he’d been dishonest, Weiner said, “Look, I was going through some things personally – family-wise – and trying to be honest about it, about where we were at the time. But this thing, you know, was still there.”)
Here, PEOPLE offers previously unpublished and expansive excerpts from that 2012 interview to shed new light on what Weiner and Abedin are saying now.
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Weiner said in the July 2012 interview that he went through therapy around the time of his June 16, 2011 resignation from Congress – “It was early on: May, June. When this all was going down.” He emphasized that he was diligent about behaving. “Every day since this has happened, I’ve tried to become a better person, a husband that Huma deserves and as good a father as I can be. And I’ve explored every way to try to do those things and I’m committed to continuing on that path.”
Abedin, too, said all was well – his bad behavior banished to the past, describing him as a model husband. “Anthony would be the first to tell you that he regrets the mistakes that he made and he has spent every single day since then trying to be the best dad he can be, the best husband he can be and it shows. I consider myself very lucky to be married to him. I’m proud to be married to him, I want Jordan to be proud of who his father is.”