Washington (CNN) - Former Sen. John Edwards admitted Thursday that he fathered a baby with his mistress.
The two time White House hopeful and 2004 Democratic vice presidential nominee had previously denied that he was the girl's father.
"It was wrong for me ever to deny she was my daughter and hopefully one day, when she understands, she will forgive me," he said in a statement.
"I will do everything in my power to provide her with the love and support she deserves," he added.
"To all those I have disappointed and hurt, these words will never be enough, but I am truly sorry."
Edwards admitted in 2008 that he had an affair with Rielle Hunter two years earlier while he was campaigning for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.
Edwards' campaign paid Hunter $114,000 to make a series of short webisode videos about his presidential campaign, and she traveled extensively with the candidate's entourage.
Hunter gave birth in February 2008 to a baby girl. She is widely reported to have named the girl Quinn.
Edwards denied that he was the girl's father for more than a year, saying the affair was over before Hunter became pregnant.
Now he has admitted it.
"I am Quinn's father," his statement said. "I have been able to spend time with her during the past year and trust that future efforts to show her the love and affection she deserves can be done privately and in peace."
"I have been providing financial support for Quinn and have reached an agreement with her mother to continue providing support in the future."