March 15th, 2010
03:21 PM ET
12 years ago

Edwards' mistress details affair to GQ

(CNN) – John Edwards' mistress tells GQ that she slept with the former Democratic vice presidential nominee only hours after first meeting him in 2006, and that she still loves the father of their child.

"You're so hot," Rielle Hunter tells the magazine she said to the former North Carolina senator when she met him at a New York hotel.

Hunter said Edwards promptly provided her with his hotel room telephone number imploring that she call him immediately. When Hunter called a short time later, Edwards asked that she come to his room. Hunter tells the magazine that she "terrified" and told herself she would not sleep with him.

"I had never experienced anything like what was flowing between us," Hunter said in the interview. "I sat on the other side of the room. I wouldn't go near him. "And he kept saying 'What are you doin' over there? Come over here. I can't even see you. Come closer. I won't bite you."

"I was just-there was sooo much attraction and sooo much… I want to say love, but it wasn't love at that point. You know, it was just this, this magnetic force field like I had never experienced. It terrified me," Hunter said. "Absolutely terrified me. And, um, I eventually walked over to his side of the room. He was pretty relentless. And that's all I'm gonna say on that! Now fade to black!"

But Hunter said Edwards quickly realized the potential ramifications of the tryst, telling her that "Falling in love with you could really f- up my plans for becoming president."

"If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans," Hunter said she told Edwards in response. Hunter was soon hired to work as a videographer for Edwards.

Hunter also told the magazine Edwards' wife, Elizabeth, learned of the affair in late December of 2006, days after Edwards announced he was running for president. She said Edwards' wife found a cell phone her husband used only to call Hunter.

She "picked up the phone and called me, because it was the last number dialed," Hunter said. "And I answered the phone and said 'Hey, baby.' And, click."

But Hunter says the two continued their affair, even after Elizabeth Edwards' cancer returned the following March. According to Hunter, the two conceived their daughter that May and Hunter discovered she was pregnant in July.

Edwards took the news well, Hunter said.

"He was always very gracious about it," she said. "And always said that he would support whatever decision I made. But I believe on some level he was hoping I would get an abortion. Because he didn't-he wasn't happy about the timing. Which is understandable. He was married and running for president."

As for the cover up, once the National Enquirer got wind of the story, Hunter says Andrew Young, the former top Edwards aide who recently wrote a tell-all book, volunteered to claim paternity.

"I was on the couch pregnant, and I just felt like I… it was devastating for me, because it went against all of my belief systems. And to go along with this insane plan… but I eventually made the choice to do it," she said.

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  1. zydeco D

    Why shoud I care about this story. When there is nothing in the news. Networks should just say there is nothing negative to report so we will just run comercials for our sponsors.

    March 15, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  2. Dan586

    WHO CARES ! John Edwards has been out office Public Office since 2005 ! Move on people there are still a lot of politicians that are still in office and still cheating on the wives today.

    March 15, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  3. jeff jackson, alabama

    Peter Graves did more for people than Edwards.
    Why not more on Graves and less on Edwards?
    Nobody cares about Edwards.

    March 15, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  4. Chris

    She's no model, that's for sure. Maybe the porn industry could use her but i doubt it

    March 15, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  5. sc

    SHAMEFUL ... It wasn't too long ago people like this made every attempt to HIDE what they did behind closed doors. Now, not only are they telling the world, they are most likely profiting from it.

    People in this country (and the world) need to get their acts together, straighten up and fly right. What a messed up society we've created.

    Looks like Edwards was cut from the same cloth as Clinton – hound dogs.

    March 15, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  6. emmie

    @Walt: "Classic Democrat love story"–can you say Ensign, Gov. Sanford, Newt? Any of the other many, many other Republican politicians? Neither party is pure. At least Dems don't hold themselves up as the party of "family values"–somehow that hypocrisy sticks in the craw a bit more. . .

    March 15, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  7. S Callahan's called essentially, both of you, looked with you eyes and in the process forgot you had brains...the result...brokenhearted children, suffering wife, and families of both parties....
    There is no good here....just plain Pain...and Sad for everyone involved, and even worse to make it National Fodder.

    March 15, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  8. Elizabeth

    This women is a Pig. Hasent she already done enough damage? Shame on her and John. How LOW can those two go?

    March 15, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  9. dondie

    Why are so many politicians opposed to civil rights for gays and lesbians, yet fully in favor of adultery, especially if it is occurring in their own beds. This country has been dragged kicking and screaming in the last 100 years to offer civil rights for all. We are inclined to not offer civil rights to others unless they are the same color as us, go to the same church as us or can procreate with reckless abandon like the rest of us. We have been more than willing to fight each other to the death in order to preserve all of the liberties this country has to offer for ourselves. We are no better than China, Iran, or North Korea except for the fact that we have a few brave souls every generation or so that refuse to be cow-towed by religion, the status-quo, or nationalists with the urge to hold all human and civil rights close to their chests for no one else to see. These men who have denied that all men are created equal have a history of slashing the hopes of minorities in the halls of Congress, then rushing off to their mistresses when the voting was done. Democrats and Republicans are of the same filthy ilk.

    March 15, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  10. average guy

    Good looking lady I would say looking for the easy road and a typical politican....

    March 15, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  11. Tenees

    She doesn't seem to demonstrate any remorse for sleeping with a married man. She and John Edwards were wrong for doing this. He should've at least seperated himself from his wife. But this is the reality of the world we live in dating back from the bibical days, people will step on anyone's toes or hurt anyone to satisfy their own sexual desires. I hope that they both ask God for forgiveness.

    March 15, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  12. Elisa

    As someone who was married to a John Edwards' clone - do not pity Elizabeth Edwards, for she is the fortunate one in all of this. She has her dignity and a chance at a peaceful life. Rihelle can worry about where he is everytime he's "working" late– or has a last minute meeting - or needs to travel alot - There will be moments when John Edwards will realize that Rihelle is no Elizabeth Edwards - but someone who has her own agenda and will just as easily move on when life does not go as planned -

    March 15, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  13. princess gilbert

    The wrath of God will descend on people rhat defile holy matrimony! how can any human being not have even a remote conscience to act brutlly towards another being! A married man with a very very sick wife and children not to talk of years of marriage together.this is unforgivable! this other woman who i refuse to call by her name is a shamleless nonetity. can somebody please tell me what is wrong with this picyure and for those of you cheering her actions, GOd will judge everyone according to their deeds.Thas all i have to say. shame shame shame!

    March 15, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  14. jo

    It took three women to bring down Bill Clinton. Edwards gets shot down by one. They are getting better at getting rid of top Democrats.

    March 15, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  15. George James

    There is nothing great about this lady.Justifying immoral acts is also a crime.Thank God,Edwards is not the President of U.S.

    March 15, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  16. Avg Guy in Red State Kansas

    You can take the trash out of the "trailer", but you can't take the "trailer" out of the trash.

    And to think I once kinda liked this guy.

    March 15, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. sara

    these so called women with no morals kill me!! and what is really going on with the sexy photo shoot in her daughters bedroom with no clothes on..where is social services when you need them!! SCARY!! what a bunch of losers and this is REAL News!! No wonder Kennedy ranted up on the hill !!

    March 15, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  18. betty brown

    THAT'S OK CHIC! WAHT GO Around come around. Ok yeah both of you guys cheated. I can except that. But you are a Nasty lady! To go and get pregnant from an MARRIED Man.. HAA! you had a daughter, let's see what the headlines reads when it happens to your daughter!

    March 15, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  19. Democrat1

    Why all the hate for Democrats? At least they cheat with women and not men, all the while professing their strong Christain, conservative values. Republitards are the most digusting freaks on earth. Say one thing while doing another.

    March 15, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  20. Vexorg

    I thought her name was Donna Rice.

    March 15, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  21. Chet

    Well done I am sure your Daughter will be so proud of her parents when she is able to read this drool!

    March 15, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  22. neon

    Wilt's comments shows what is wrong with politics in this country. His" typical democrat love story" comment is laughable and childish. We all know republicans don't lie, cheat, have sex with their male pages or meet strange men in airport bathrooms for gay sex. I am an independant because I was sick of the dishonesty on both sides of the aisle. And because I am sick of the petty cross-party comments made by mental midgets like Wilt. grow up and form an intelligent opinion people, the political discourse in this country is embarrassing.

    March 15, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  23. Jo Darte

    She's as classy as he is.

    March 15, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  24. gl, From Pittsburgh

    This is why I find women at fault becasue a man can not cheat if he don't have any body to cheat with. Women are evil just look at all the women that slept with Tiger Wood knowing he was married. Women do not have respect for one another and it make me sick to my stomack how reckless women live their lives.

    March 15, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  25. Sue Thompson

    It went against your belief system? What type of belief system do you have when you have sex with a married man?

    March 15, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
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