'I'm no gold-digger' says John Edwards' mistress
Rielle Hunter breaks her silence about affair with presidential candidate
Tuesday 16 March 2010
Their eyes met across a crowded room. "You're so hot!" she said. "Why thank you!" he replied. One thing led to another, and a few hours later, the 42-year-old divorcee was waking up with one of America's best-known politicians. "You know what?" he gently whispered. "Falling in love with you could really fuck up my plans for becoming President!"
On that count, John Edwards wasn't wrong. Four years, one love-child, and thousands of column inches after their chance encounter at a New York hotel, the former Senator's mistress, Rielle Hunter, has broken her silence about the affair which ended his marriage and once-stellar political career.
In a lengthy interview with GQ magazine, Ms Hunter has given a blow-by-blow account of their relationship, describing both the "magnetic force field" that initially drew them together, and the various "errors in judgement" that Mr Edwards made after newspapers discovered that he was the father of her two-year-old daughter, Quinn.
"I know he loves me. I have never had any doubt at all about that," she said. "That hasn't changed, and I believe that will be till death do us part."
Ms Hunter hadn't previously shared her version of events. But that silence certainly wasn't prompted by shyness: in one glossy photograph accompanying the GQ piece, she lies in bed holding her daughter and exposing her midriff. In another, she sits cross-legged, wearing a white shirt and a pair of knickers.
Elsewhere in the interview, Ms Hunter reveals that she calls Mr Edwards "Johnny," that she wears size two jeans and Ugg boots, and lives in a house near the ex-Senator in North Carolina rented for $1,500 a month. She feeds their infant daughter sushi, dabbles in astrology, and wants readers to know that "I'm not a gold-digger, I'm not the stalker."
That may come as news to Mr Edwards' wife, Elizabeth, who was suffering from terminal cancer when she discovered her husband's affair.
When Mr Edwards decided to run for President, two years into their fling, Ms Hunter attempted to dissuade him. Looking back on his initial decision to deny both the affair and then paternity of Quinn, Ms Hunter said: "Most of his mistakes or errors in judgement were because of his fear of the wrath of Elizabeth ... he was emasculated."
The nature of Ms Hunter's current relationship with Mr Edwards, who recently announced that he was finally separating from Elizabeth, is left unclear.
Whatever happens, the scandal will continue to make headlines. Mr Edwards may soon face prosecution from investigators examining payments of $100,000 from his political action committee made to Ms Hunter, in a possible breach of campaign finance rules. She denies the payments were "hush money".
- 1 What happens to your body when you give up sugar?
- 2 Licence fee: What is the BBC charge – and how will the changes affect you?
- 3 This is what the photographer has to say about the picture of a weasel riding a woodpecker
- 4 Delhi bus rapist blames dead victim for attack because 'girls are responsible for rape'
- 5 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
Bill Clinton portrait features Monica Lewinsky reference, artist admits
Japanese island overrun with cats after population explodes
Delhi bus rapist blames dead victim for attack because 'girls are responsible for rape'
Pornhub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
The 'sex selfie stick' lets you FaceTime the inside of a vagina
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin and says West should 'abandon zero-sum mentality'
£16000 - £46000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity to join ...
£9 - £13 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This is a great opportunity to join a s...
£25000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Have you got a proven track rec...
£15000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a great opportunity for...