Megyn’s Shock­ing Con­fes­sions

Anx­i­ety, debt, her “ob­ses­sion” with men — NBC’S Megyn Kelly ex­poses her dark­est se­crets

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Come Sept. 25, all eyes will be on Megyn Kelly — sev­eral mil­lion eyes, NBC ex­ecs hope. On that morn­ing, the for­mer Fox News an­chor will make her much-hyped de­but on Megyn Kelly To­day dur­ing the 9 a.m. hour of the To­day show. And Megyn, 46, badly needs a hit af­ter months of bad press. Her Sun­day prime-time news­magazine de­buted to lack­lus­ter rat­ings in June; she came un­der fire for giv­ing con­spir­acy the­o­rist Alex Jones a plat­form on her show; and To­day an­chor Matt Lauer has rebuffed the one­time lawyer, ac­cord­ing to mul­ti­ple sources. He fears Megyn Kelly To­day will garner low rat­ings, hurt­ing To­day (which is No. 1 among adults 25–54) as a brand. “The pres­sure is on Megyn to come out of the gate with big num­bers,” says one in­sider. But she isn’t sweat­ing it. “[I’m] not ner­vous at all. [I’m] psyched!” she told a fan at an event for her book, Set­tle for More, at a Barnes & Noble store in Prince­ton, N.J., on Sept. 7. Dur­ing a free­wheel­ing Q&A, the re­mark­ably can­did host re­vealed so much more.

SHE FEARED SHE’D NEVER WED AGAIN Megyn be­came filled with anx­i­ety af­ter her nearly five-year mar­riage to Dr. Dan Ken­dall, an anes­the­si­ol­o­gist based in the Wash­ing­ton, D.C., area, ended in 2006. “I was 36, I was won­der­ing, Will I get mar­ried again? Am I ever go­ing to have chil­dren? Do I have cob­webs on my ovaries?” she said. Megyn needn’t have wor­ried. She soon met en­tre­pre­neur and nov­el­ist Dou­glas Brunt on a blind date, and the two wed in 2008. Nine years and three chil­dren later, the mom to Yates, 7, Yard­ley, 6, and Thatcher, 4, can’t be­lieve her luck. “[It’s] fun to look back now and see how it worked out,” she said. “I did find true love.”

SHE WAS IN THER­APY When her mar­riage ended, Megyn sought pro­fes­sional help. “[My ther­a­pist] said, ‘There are lots of [ guys out there].’ It’s al­most like one of those man­i­fes­ta­tion things where if you be­lieve, then sud­denly you put out dif­fer­ent en­ergy into the world and then you start at­tract­ing dif­fer­ent kinds of peo­ple,” she re­called, “and that is what hap­pened to me.” SHE STILL TALKS TO FRIENDS AT FOX Through­out the 75-minute event, Megyn never men­tioned Matt or her other NBC col­leagues, in­clud­ing Hoda Kotb or Savannah Guthrie. She did, how­ever, make a point to shout out her for­mer col­leagues at Fox News, where she worked for 13 years. Gushed Megyn, “I talk and text with my friends there ev­ery day.”

SHE WAS IN DEBT AND FACED BANK­RUPTCY Megyn holds a B.A. from Syra­cuse Univer­sity and a J.D. from Al­bany Law School. But her de­grees came with a hefty price. In 1995, “I grad­u­ated law school with $100,000 worth of debt,” Megyn said. Though she wanted to work for the Man­hat­tan dis­trict at­tor­ney and “put bad guys in jail,” she couldn’t af­ford to live on the $30,000-per-year salary. “I was be­low the fed­eral poverty level,” said Megyn, who went into lu­cra­tive cor­po­rate law in or­der to pay her bills. “I [was] in the po­si­tion where I could ac­tu­ally face bank­ruptcy…. I was that in debt.”

SHE WAS “OB­SESSED” WITH MEN One of the most pow­er­ful women in me­dia was once a boy-crazy teen. Asked by an at­tendee what ad­vice she’d give to her younger self, Megyn replied, “Not to worry so much about men…. I do think that we tend to ob­sess about mem­bers of the op­po­site sex…. I re­ally wish I had wor­ried more about my­self and what would make me happy than what would have made the guys that I was dat­ing at the time happy.” As for ad­vice she’d give to young women now, Megyn was sim­i­larly blunt. “Don’t be a slut,” she said. “Re­spect your body is the point, un­der­stand, be con­fi­dent in your­self even there. And try ev­ery­thing.” ◼

HER LOW­EST MOMENT “I just wasn’t happy, and I was to­tally afraid to ad­mit that to my­self be­cause the worst lies are the ones that you tell your­self,” Megyn says of what mo­ti­vated her to end her mar­riage (in 2006) and change ca­reers.

“I don’t have any wor­ries about Fox,” she said of her em­bat­tled for­mer em­ployer. “They are do­ing just fine.” “I just know in my heart that I love the man I’m with, and he loves me,” Megyn has said of Dou­glas (with Thatcher and Yard­ley). A source says Megy

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