03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Jeri Thompson: "I Was Never An Older-Man-Dater Kind Of Girl Before"

Jeri Thompson, wife of GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson, shakes off the "trophy wife" label critics have tagged her with for being 24 years younger than her husband.

"It's hard not to be defensive," she told People magazine in her first solo interview. "To think back on how hard you've worked, and all anybody thinks about is that you're a trophy wife."