Herman Cain said his wife never knew about his "friendship" with Ginger White until White went public with her allegations that she had a 13-year affair with the embattled Republican presidential candidate.
"My wife did not know about it, and that was the revelation. My wife found out about it when she went public with it," Cain reavealed in an interview with the New Hampshire Union Leader. "(My wife) did not know we were friends until she (White) came out with this story. My wife now knows."
Cain denies he had an affair with White, whom he claimed he met at a conference in Kentucky several years ago. He said his wife "is comfortable with the explanation that I told her."
Cain also admitted that he gave White money over the years to pay for "month-to-month bills and expenses."
He said White complained that she didn't have a job and no one would help her.
"I was the only person who was a friend at the time -- and I underscore ‘friend' -- that was in a position to help her, Cain said. "I'm a soft-hearted person when it comes to that stuff. I have helped members of my church. I have helped members of my family. And I know a lot of other people who had done the same thing. She was asking me to help her, and sometimes, quite frankly, it was desperation."
Cain said his lawyers told him not to reveal exactly how much money he gave White.
"I thought I was helping a friend, end of story," he said.
Cain admitted that the allegations could force him out of the race. "Yes, getting out is an option,” he said. Cain said he would reveal the decision "by next week."