October 26th, 2009
06:58 PM ET
11 years ago

Elizabeth Edwards: Marriage is a 'great love story'

John and Elizabeth Edwards during the 2008 presidential campaign.

John and Elizabeth Edwards during the 2008 presidential campaign.

(CNN) - Despite John Edwards' extramarital affair that rocked his marriage, his wife described their union as a "love story," albeit an unconventional one.

Elizabeth Edwards told WJLA-TV in Washington late last week that she wants her marriage to work, and that her husband has been supportive as she continues to battle breast cancer.

"John said, 'Perhaps not the great love story that we hoped, but maybe a great love story nonetheless," she said.

Edwards added: "'Til death do you part, because that's what I want."

Though Elizabeth promised to soldier on, she acknowledged the grim reality of trying to overcome terminal cancer.

"Cancer will probably win," she said. "Why would I give it any more days than it may already take? That's the choice I make."

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  1. Monrob

    If Elizabeth wants to believe all that nonsense, fine. I don't swallow one gulp of it.

    The worse was Elizabeth lying to the rest of us. She could have said to John: John, this is where I get off and then would have come clean to the nation. She kept quiet and that is lying.

    October 26, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  2. T'SAH from Virginia

    OMG – my heart is out to Elizabeth. I would have KICKED HIM TO THE CURB!!!

    If Elizabeth wants to be with him for the rest of her life – then she should have that without anyone criticizing her and we should pray for her happiness!!!

    But we all know John will be with his Mistress if and when Elizabeth passes away and he will have US to criticize him for the rest of his LIFE!!!

    October 26, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  3. Mike

    If she's lucky, she'll live long enough to be pimped out for her husbands next run at office. Imagine letting yourself be used for your husbands for political gain.

    What horrid, trashy people the Edward's are.

    October 26, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  4. CM

    I can't help but feel that one of the biggest reasons Elizabeth Edwards is standing by her cheating man is for her children. She knows they will have huge emotional obstacles to overcome when she dies and she doesn't want to see them suffer anymore than they already will. For everyone who wants to judge her as weak or co-dependent, I see it as her putting her childrens well being before her own feelings. Do you people actually think she wants to spend her final few years battling through divorce court and custody hearings? Give the woman a break. Just because it isn't what YOU would do, doesn't mean she's handling this all wrong.

    October 26, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  5. Carol

    Perhaps if E. Edwards could put her full attention on the love of her children, and forget what wasn't, her immune system would react differently to the cancer in her body, and she might be able to throw the disease off.

    October 26, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  6. Idiot_Pelosi

    Jon Edwards, the low life attorney who made millions upon millions suing hospitals and doctors. Yes, the very sort of people that need to be REGULATED and REFORMED to lower HC Costs.

    But NOOOOOO, the Obozo administration and the clowns with him don't want to address anything where their contributors (the trial lawyers) make their butter........

    October 26, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  7. CT

    Willl we see the matyr love story on Lifetime now!?! Thank god I cancelled cable!

    Sorry, but this woman (cancer or not) is just as much a politician as her husband and perpetuated the false image of her husband and their marriage when she knew of the affair. She is only sticking by him to maintain her own popularity.

    October 26, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  8. norb

    Evidently, living in that 28 thousand square foot home has made her delusional. Married to a glorified ambulance chaser.skirt chaser. She should have dumped him.

    October 26, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  9. Joyce Becker

    I wish Mrs. Edwards the best, but John robbed her of her love story. They might have had one in the past, he destroyed the ending of the story with his sad affair and his new child, nothing can change that.

    October 26, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  10. Barbara

    It's easy for us to judge the Edwards; saying what we would do but we are not in their shoes. We all confront issues in our lives which only we truly understand. My prayers and best wishes are with Mrs. Edwards and her family.

    October 26, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  11. Rebecca

    Mrs. Edward loves unconditional and that kind of love is rare. I personally do not feel John deserves her and is lucky to have her love at this point. She is the stronger of the two and also the most admired.

    October 26, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  12. pattyo

    My heart goes out to this woman who is becoming more and more a very pathetic figure. However, she was perfectly willing to let her husband become president of the United States with full knowledge of his extra marital affair. He betrayed her, but she betrayed us all.

    October 26, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  13. America is getting better

    What a bunch of judgemental, narrow-minded creeps! This is not a romance novel and life is not lived by a script or set of rules. We have no right to judge this woman. She has every right to do what she must to live the life she wants while she can. John? Yep, he's a shmuck alright and I for one was deeply offended by his behavior. By I have no right to judge Elizabeth Edwards.

    October 26, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  14. Ray

    At first I felt sorry for her. But then, based on her actions, comments, TV appearances, books, etc. I came to realize she is just as pathetic as he is.

    October 26, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  15. yahoo

    Has anyone missed the fact that she is dying of cancer or we that self center. You would want her to spend time away from battling her cancer and her moments with her children to deal with Edwards. She is not well. Don't you all get it. This is not about getting even with your husband. This is about spending time with family, making HER beliefs heard and count. Not your beliefs but hers. This shoud be her moment but people like us following these articles about her are missing the over all good she has tried to give to the community. Maybe you don't like her positions but that doesn't give us the right to say such awful things about her. Most of the people here that are leaving comments just don't get it. I hope none of you will have to deal with what this women has had to go through so publicly.

    October 26, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  16. Joey

    Political correct that woman had no other choice but to stay with him. Hillary did the same with Bill Clinton after his affair. It seems to me their marriage is but a marriage of convenience. Where is the love in it?.

    October 26, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  17. sue

    I guess I didn't realize that there could be such hatred and shallow mindedness in the world. What have we become when
    we call her phony and Sarah Palin "trailer trash".

    October 26, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  18. David Thomas

    I admire her and wish them both well.

    I think that Jesus said something about judging and casting the first stone. As someone who is not perfect, I will continue trying to use him as my model.

    October 26, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  19. gt

    i feel sorry for her,,, to bad edwards is such a sum bag,,,,

    October 26, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  20. mindy

    I particularly like the "till death you part, because that's what I want" and then a later nod to the cancer that will "likely take" her life. Ugh, that's a hopelessly depressing outlook.

    That said, I agree. It's certainly not our place to debate how she spend her last days on earth.

    October 26, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  21. marion/alabama

    Why are listening to anything this woman says? She is like an Abused woman in an abusive relationship,that keeps saying he will not hit me again.She is only fooling herself and delaying her happiness,unless she likes being treated like an up stairs maid?

    October 26, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  22. John

    Everyone knows what John Edwards did to Elizabeth. The blog comments speak for themselves. But I see Elizabeth as a believer in her faith, marriage bound by more than a marriage certificate but a sacrament. She could have taken the easy road and divorced this loser Edwards. But she is bound by the holy spirit to respect her unity with the church and marriage. So while many see divorce as beginning a new life, their mistake is breaking the marriage sacrament, the church marries people till death do they part. But in America, this is just not so. Hell is expanding all the time with those that disrespect the Grace of God. No on lives forever, so why try to live forever on earth when Gods grace provides salvation. Elizabeth knows this, maybe more people seeing doubt in their lives should turn to god before it is to late.

    October 26, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  23. Laverne

    John Edwards will probably publically acknowledge his daugther with Rielle and marry her when Elizabeth passes. This jerk has it all planned!

    October 26, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  24. Jackie in Dallas

    You know, there are some truly low people making comments on here! If Elizabeth loves her husband, and he is truly making the effort to be supportive of her fight at this time, it is her right to call it a love story! If every cheating man and woman on this planet was judged as harshly as you guys are judging John, there would be very few marriages left. Love that conquers obstacles is greater than love that has a smooth road...it has been tested and risen above those obstacles.

    Let you who are without sin cast the first stone...and there are none of you without sin!

    October 26, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  25. J. Miller

    Two words that define Elizabeth Edwards: Grace and Courage

    October 26, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
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