Hunter, 48, whose fling with Edwards ruined his presidential aspirations, told ABC’s Good Morning America she and Edwards had broken up but would continue to see each other as they share parenting responsibilitis of their now 4-year-old daughter, Frances Quinn Hunter.
“We are a family, but as of the end of last week, John Edwards and I are no longer a couple,” Hunter said today. “Not at all.”
Hunter appeared on GMA to discuss her new book, “What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter, and Me,” billed as giving Hunter’s inside scoop on the extramarital affair that John Edwards hid for months from his wife who was ill with cancer.
It follows Edwards’ trial in the state of North Carolina, which ended in May with an acquittal on one campaign finance charge and a mistrial on five other charges as the jury was deadlocked.
Hunter said the split was at least party due to mounting public pressures.
“For me, for my part in it, it’s because I’m no longer interested in hiding,” she said. “Hiding our relationship. Hiding. Not living out in the – we’ve had a lot of media scrutiny. . . it’s complicated and it’s hard and it wears you down after a while.”
Edwards, 59, was accused of using over $900,000 from two wealthy supporters to hide Hunter and her pregnancy from voters during his unsuccessful attempt to win the Democratic nomination four years ago.
Edwards’ wife, Elizabeth, died from cancer in December 2010.
Hunter said she wrote the tell-all memoir to change public perception that she was a home wrecker.
“Many things in the relationship were a mistake, but I don’t regret loving him,” Hunter said.
When asked if Edwards still loves her, Rielle replied: “You’d have to ask him that, but I think he does and I feel that he does.”
More in the video below.
- Rielle Hunter: She and John Edwards no longer a couple (newsok.com)
- Rielle Hunter Reveals John Edwards’ Reaction To Contentious Pregnancy News (huffingtonpost.com)
- Hunter Splits with Edwards (politicalwire.com)