"I just wanted to stop," Kelly said in an interview with People magazine published Wednesday. "You'd get past an incident and then it would start again. It was really shocking."
Trump unleashed attacks on Kelly after a GOP presidential debate in August during which she questioned him about misogynistic statements he'd made. Trump said Kelly treated him unfairly before infamously saying that "she had blood coming out of her … wherever."
Appearing on "Live with Kelly and Michael" on Monday, Kelly discussed the rift.
“I’m a normal person," she said. “I cry. I have fear. Of course it’s been a difficult year. "
In January, Trump skipped a Republican debate in Iowa to avoid facing Kelly again.
"The hate can be very ugly and it can be threatening and it can be off-putting when you're walking around the city with your kids in particular," Kelly told People.
Kelly moderated another debate in March. This time, Trump participated but afterward said that she was "sick" and "crazy." He urged his supporters to boycott her show.
In April, during a lull in their conflict, Kelly joined Trump for a not-so-secret meeting. It was such a success, Kelly declared that they'd called a "truce."
That meeting was "surreal," Kelly said to People, but it paved the way for her upcoming May 17 interview with the presumptive GOP presidential nominee on Fox.
"I knew all along that if there could be a period of calm on his part, that I could go and approach him and we could get to a better place," Kelly said.
A clip released from the upcoming interview even shows Trump telling Kelly that "I have great respect for you."
Editor's note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist