May 12th, 2009
08:35 PM ET
5 years ago

'I was certainly naive,' says Elizabeth Edwards


(CNN) – Elizabeth Edwards, wife of former Democratic hopeful John Edwards, tells CNN's Larry King that at the time her husband was carrying on an affair with videographer Rielle Hunter, she did not suspect him of being unfaithful.

"Did you have an suspicion at any time?," King asks Mrs. Edwards in an exclusive interview set to air Tuesday night on CNN.

"No. No. None," Elizabeth Edwards replies. "He's been on the road for quite some time. He's a lawyer who traveled. He took cases all over. But I saw the way he treated me. I knew the way he treated me, the commitment he had to our family. I was perhaps, the one thing I could agree with Maureen Dowd, I was probably naive, I was certainly naive."

Edwards also tells King that she believes her husband loves her, but fell prey to a flaw.

"I believe through this whole thing, John has loved me," she tells King. "I just think that he had a frailty that allowed him to do something which was completely contrary to the rest of his life."

The political spouse was also candid about the impact that her husband's infidelity has had on their marriage as she continues to live with terminal cancer.

"You know what's double sad, if God forbid you left, John will probably be double crushed," King says in Tuesday's interview.

"I completely agree with that," says Edwards. "We've talked about that. We've talked about his work at rebuilding trust, and it's really important that he get to that place, quote in time so that he understands that what he took away he does his very best job to put back."

Updated: 6:38 p.m.

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Programming Note: Watch Elizabeth Edwards' entire exclusive interview on Larry King Live beginning at 9 pm Tuesday.

soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. skyhawkdriver

    This womans' fifteen minutes of fame was over a long time ago..if she wants someone to blame for her life she only needs to look in the mirror..it is time to return to reporting the news..mrs edwards can take her crying tour to oprah

    May 13, 2009 05:25 am at 5:25 am |
  2. Keith in Austin

    Who cares about the Edwards embarrasment? John's political career is over and so is his marriage if Liz has any sense at all.

    May 13, 2009 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  3. julie in atlanta

    God loves Elizabeth Edwards and I do too. She shows us always what true class, compassion, and courage really look like.

    My heart hurts for her and I look forward to her candid book and the important lessons therein.

    Stay strong, dear Elizabeth. You are much loved.
    Julie in Atlanta

    May 13, 2009 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
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