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Anthony Weiner: 'I'm Just An Empty, Soulless Vessel'

10/17/2013 09:54 am ET | Updated Oct 17, 2013

Former Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) told GQ he's less sensitive than his wife Huma Abedin when it comes to questions and rumors about the state of their marriage.

“I duck it as best I can,” Weiner said. “But her reputation has become the Woman Who Married an Idiot and Stuck with Him. More of it rolls off my back, because that’s the way I am constitutionally. She’s more sensitive."

"I'm just an empty, soulless vessel, so it doesn’t hurt me as much," Weiner continued.

GQ writer Marshall Sella said Weiner's "soulless" remark was delivered "with an utter lack of humor." Weiner has defended his marriage many times since 2011, when it was revealed he was sending lewd messages to a number of women.

He got more defensive while running for mayor of New York City in 2013, when more sexting allegations surfaced. In September, Weiner said Abedin's "crime is standing at my side and helping me get through it."

“One thing I’m grateful for is that now I’m under no obligation to answer anything like this,” Weiner told GQ of questions on his marriage. “But we’ve had a very rough time. It causes me a great deal of pain in the way [Abedin] gets reported and the way she gets discussed. Her treatment in the press has been rough. It pains me because I deserve it. She doesn’t."

Read GQ's full interview with Weiner here.

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