June 30th, 2010
08:27 AM ET
12 years ago

Elizabeth Edwards talks Rielle Hunter and more on Larry King

(CNN) – Elizabeth Edwards, who became legally separated from husband John Edwards in January, is again speaking out about the woman who was instrumental in ending her marriage.

Speaking to CNN's Larry King in an exclusive primetime interview airing Wednesday, Edwards took aim at Rielle Hunter – the woman with whom John Edwards engaged in an affair and fathered a child – for posing provocatively in a magazine earlier this year.

"I did see the pictures and I think it's really important when you're a mother to convey that's the role you value and I think she just had too many T's to cross," Edwards said. "She also wanted to be viewed as sexy and everything else. At some point you can be sexy but that can't be your goal.

The photos in question were published in GQ magazine last February and show Hunter in several suggestive positions. Hunter herself was very upset with the photos the magazine ran, telling ABC's Barbara Walters she had wrongly trusted the photographer would make them tasteful.

In the wide-ranging interview airing on CNN at 9 p.m. ET, Edwards also dismisses charges from Hunter that her marriage was dysfunctional even before John Edwards began to have an affair in 2006.

"If that were true, why would John and I have worked so hard, under such difficult and public circumstances to make the relationship work," said Edwards. "I really think we both worked hard in the end to make it work. And I suppose there are a lot of women in her position who like to justify their behavior...by thinking this relationship in which they are thrusting themselves wasn’t valuable to begin with. It was clearly valuable to both of us and something we tried very hard to save."

Edwards' comments come as the paperback edition of her 2009 book Resilience is set to be released. The latest edition includes a new chapter about her separation earlier in the year.

soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. Shelley Neff

    Sorry Elizabeth, but you knew about the affair yet encouraged and supported John's run for the presidency. You put yours and your husband's ambitions before the good of the country.
    "A former supporter"

    June 30, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  2. maxine

    as usual she is blaming the wrong person.
    John Edwards cheated on her. Don't blame Rielle.

    June 30, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  3. Sharon

    I don't feel that Rielle Hunter was "instrumental in ending" the marriage between Mr and Mrs Edwards. I feel that 100% of the blame lands on John Edwards shoulder. He was the married person in the affair and it was his decision to be part of the affair. A gentleman would have separated from his wife when he realized he had intentions with Reille Hunter.

    June 30, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  4. BlondieKnox

    I just don't think a marriage can be broken in two unless one or both parties want it to be, to some extent or the other. If one takes the risk and the affair is discovered, then it didn't mean that much to them in the first place, we're talking way down deep inside. It's not always that someone is a sex addict. It can happen due to lonliness within the marriage. This is another sad situation of a couple breaking up. I hope everyone heals soon.

    June 30, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  5. Ed

    Wont this woman simply just go away? Why does she feel compelled to go on TV and be in the news? She is worse than her husband & that is saying a lot

    June 30, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  6. Anon

    Elizabeth Edwards is a woman who really "has a head on her shoulders."
    She comes across as "real", nothing phony about her. Too bad her
    ex-husband didn't pick up on it and act the same way, as he'd be better off now if he had. Instead, he's seen in a very negative light.

    June 30, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  7. Ray Hudson

    >>"If that were true, why would John and I have worked so hard, under such difficult and public circumstances to make the relationship work," said Edwards.<<
    Ummm, just guessing here, but could it have had anything to do with the fact that he desperately wanted the job of POTUS, and appearances of marital strife in a campaign are not at all good? Just sayin...

    June 30, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  8. Tam

    Elizabeth, blame your creep of a husband. He had a choice.

    June 30, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  9. Kendra


    Rielle actually tries to blame the PHOTOGRAPHER for not making the low rent photos she took "Tasteful"..... HAAAAAA Does that finally show America that this woman isnt playing with a full deck here?

    No one deserves to have their heart broken into a thousand pieces like this, let alone know they are dying of cancer and have it all open for disection by the media.

    Rielle Hunter has a lot of KARMA coming– she's like the worse FATAL ATTRACTION predator you can imagine who destroyed many lives, and has absolutely ZERO conscience about it.... My question is–after knowing all of this, WHY isnt John Edwards running for the hills??

    June 30, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Elizabeth continues to blame the other woman which is wrong. You cannot heal yourself in these type of situations unless you take responsibility for what you did wrong and even blaming your husband doesn't help. I've been there and at first I blamed my husband but then I began to look back over the past years of my marriage and realized th part I played in it's failure but never cast blame on the other woman. Deep down inside Elizabeth knows what she done wrong in her marriage but clearly doesn't want to take responsibility. People always thinks it's easier to blame someone else thinking it will subside the pain inside, but it doesn't because you are the only one suffering while those who hurt you have moved on.

    June 30, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  11. suzy diamond

    What............she ran out of words for her cheating husband who is the married one in this whole thing, the same guy who was running for President of the United States? Lets NOT let HIM off the hook so easily!!

    June 30, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  12. Marie

    Elizabeth should forget about the BIMBO and her PIG of a boyfriend and live the rest of her life to the fullest with her children. They should
    be her main concern now. She should keep fighting to survive to take care of her children.

    June 30, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  13. Fed Up

    In my opinion, she didn't look sexy – just cheap! Your husband picked him and I think he's going to have a rough ride. That will be well-deserved.

    June 30, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  14. nm mom

    Elizabeth Edwards is a brave and strong woman and is showing grace under so much pressure. I agree with her, women like Rielle Hunter try to justify their behavior by saying that a marriage was broken or dysfunctional rather than have the courage to look at themselves in the mirror to see the ugly person that they really are. A self-serving, unconscionable homewrecker. John Edwards may have told her that his marriage was broken to justify what he is doing, but she knew it wasn't her place to be involved with another woman's husband. I don't see how a woman can do that to another woman. Yes it is a spouse's duty to be faithful, however, no woman or man has the right to step into someone else's marriage – no matter what they think the status of that marriage is. The status of a marriage is only between the married couple.

    June 30, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
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