Huma Abedin, wife of Anthony Weiner, a leading candidate for New York City mayor, speaks during a press conference in New York City on 23 July 2013
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Weiner wife: 'Horrible mistakes'

As her husband, New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner admits to sending explicit messages to a woman, two years after he left Congress over a similar affair, Huma Abedin says she has forgiven him.

New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner has admitted sending explicit messages to a woman, two years after he left Congress over a similar affair.

His wife, former Hillary Clinton adviser Huma Abedin, has said she knew of the messages that occurred after he resigned from Congress and that through "a lot of work and a lot of therapy", she had decided to stay in the marriage.

"I made the decision it was worth staying in the marriage," she said. "I love him, I have forgiven him, I believe in him."