The best way to handle past misdeeds or bad behaviors is to forge ahead. For example: During the 2000 campaign between GW Bush and John Kerry, Bush was asked on camera by a reporter if he had ever been addicted to or used cocaine (he was and he did, according to Neil Bush's ex-wife), and GW responded, "Let's just say that when I was young and stupid, I was young...and stupid."
Take a page out of Jeff Bezos playbook. When the Trump crime network tried to blackmail Bezos about an extramarital affair behind the scenes, what did amazon.com owner and new Washington Post owner multibillionaire Bezos do? He went public, admitted the affair, and then sued the would-be blackmailers.