Edwards' Mistress Breaks Silence
Rielle Hunter, the love interest of former Sen. John Edwards, is speaking out for the first time since news of their affair broke almost two years ago.
Hunter participated in a candid Q and A with “GQ” Magazine, which appears in its April issue. In it, she speaks of the love that she and Edwards — who she calls “Johnny” — still have for one another and challenges accounts of their relationship, especially those given by former aide Andrew Young. Click here for the "GQ" interview.
Hunter said she didn’t feel like she could speak publicly until Edwards admitted that he fathered her child — 2-year-old Frances Quinn. She said she would have “emasculated” him if she did.
“I could have cashed out big,” she told GQ’s Lisa DePaulo in an interview at her Charlotte home. “But that's not what I'm about. I love Johnny and I love my daughter more than anything in the world, and I don't want to ever do anything to hurt them or hurt their relationship.”
Hunter claims that Young — who wrote a tell-all book about Edwards and the affair — came up with the idea to claim paternity of Quinn. She largely discredited his book, “The Politician,” which hit shelves in February.
“I'll say this about Andrew's book: If his grand-jury testimony matches his book, I would suspect that they will be looking at him for many, many counts of perjury,” she said.
She also called Elizabeth Edwards’ recollection in her book “Resilience” of how she found out about the affair was “factually incorrect.” Elizabeth claimed that her husband told her that his affair with Hunter was a one-night stand.
When Elizabeth’s cancer recurred in 2007, shortly after Edwards announced his second presidential bid, Hunter said the decision to continue the campaign was “reckless.” She claims Edwards wanted to drop out, but that Elizabeth insisted that he stay in the race.
Hunter described the Edwards’ marriage as “toxic,” “dysfunctional” and “abusive.”
“And you know, the wrath of Elizabeth is a mighty wrath,” she said.
Hunter describes Edwards as being a “humanitarian,” and as being “very truthful and honest.”
She added that the affair ended in 2008, when news of their relationship broke, and “evolved into something different.”
Many Americans disagree with her characterization of the two-time presidential candidate. A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll in December found that Edwards was the most disappointing public figure in 2009, ahead of Tiger Woods.
Edwards grew up in Robbins, located in the northern end of Moore County.
Matt Lauer interviewed DePaulo on NBC’s “Today” this morning. Click here for a video taken from the interview.
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