Splitsville for Hunter and Edwards, Hunter says
June 26th, 2012
10:22 AM ET
10 years ago

Splitsville for Hunter and Edwards, Hunter says

(CNN) - Rielle Hunter said Tuesday that she and John Edwards, the former presidential candidate who fathered her child in an extramarital affair, have gone their separate ways.

"We are a family, but as of the end of last week, John Edwards and I are no longer a couple," Hunter said on ABC's "Good Morning America."

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Her announcement comes the same day she launches her tell-all book about the relationship, 'What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter, and Me."

It also comes nearly two weeks following the Justice Department's decision to drop the remaining charges against Edwards over allegedly violating campaign finance laws to cover up the affair. The Justice Department decision came after Edwards' corruption trial ended in an acquittal and mistrial last month.

In August 2008, Edwards admitted to an affair with Hunter, a onetime videographer for his Democratic presidential bid. At the time, the former North Carolina senator denied paternity of the daughter she had given birth to six months earlier.

While Edwards and Hunter were seen together in a series of beach photos last week, Hunter said their relationship had now fallen apart–a decision she described as mutual.

"For my part in it, it's because I'm no longer interested in hiding, hiding our relationship, not living out in the–"she said, stopping herself. Saying the couple "had a lot of media scrutiny," Hunter added their situation was "complicated."

"It's hard, and it wears you down after a while," she said.

While she regrets "many things" in their romance, she argued she does "not regret loving him."

"We have lots of things to figure out," she said, referring to their four-year-old daughter, Quinn.

Responding to intense criticism over her new book, Hunter defended her decision to release the title and insisted she wanted to come out with her side of the story.

"There's so much misinformation and distortion and spin about this story, and people form opinions without knowing what really happened," she said.

- CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

Filed under: John Edwards • Rielle Hunter
soundoff (134 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Who cares? All this tells me is that I wish I could have a million dollar child support baby too. They're both disgusting.

    June 26, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    And this is news why? Edwards isn't going to be running for office and isn't going to be in prison. We don't need to know anything else until he does something spectacularly good or evil.

    June 26, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    No surprise here, statistic have it that most men don't marry their mistresses.

    June 26, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  4. Laura, Boston MA

    She just wanted to make money on the misery of others. I recommend that nobody who knows anybody with Cancer not buy that book out of respect for the real victim in this mess, Elizabeth Edwards.

    Rielle Hunter, is nothing but a money hungry, home-wrecker...I would say this in a much stronger language but one, I won't sink down to her type of behavior and two CNN will delete my e-mail.

    Cancer Survivor Against Homewreckers!!!

    June 26, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  5. 1twinsfan

    No one cares outside your own little circle. Have some dignity, woman.

    June 26, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  6. Thomas

    She tells him to leave and never come back. But, during the dinner, Alejandro is waiting for Gaby at her house.

    June 26, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  7. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    Move on with your life John Edwards but take care of your child. There is no clean break when you have a child together.

    June 26, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  8. truthalways

    We ALL know what happened Rielle.....

    June 26, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  9. Merle

    Now I understand why people that could't care less would post that they couldn't care less and are amazed that there are some people that might. Now I understand, because I don't and couldn't and am amazed that some people might.

    June 26, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  10. Vader

    And so, may you fade into the shadows of obscurity, where you belong.

    June 26, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  11. Anonymous

    a little late wouldn't you think?

    June 26, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  12. Sandy

    Um, who cares?

    June 26, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  13. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    "We are a family, but as of the end of last week, John Edwards and I are no longer a couple," Hunter said on ABC's "Good Morning America."
    This sick pathetic person has NO IDEA what a "family" is.

    June 26, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  14. phyllis

    This woman is trying to stay in the spot light, and make money, it's as simple as that.........peace out......

    June 26, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  15. BBB

    Rolling my eyes at Rielle Hunter.

    June 26, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  16. yolanda

    CNN, please stop giving this rock creature free publicity for her book. The only thing worse than her is him.

    June 26, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  17. Wake up people

    I guess she had to find out the hard way, there's a huge difference between love and sex. Just because someone has sex with you, it doesn't mean they love or even care for you. Also what did she expect putting his business on the front page?? Now shut up and take care of your child.

    Are you proud of how you trashed his poor dead wife??

    OBAMA 2012!

    June 26, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  18. Stephen Harper

    Brilliant. Love it. Can't wait for the movie.

    June 26, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  19. Just Me

    This woman is disgusting. The lowest of the low. And I say this as a man. John picked up trash in a hotel room. He let his ego get the better of him. Poor Elizabeth. May she RIP if that's possible after the incredible betrayal of these two. Nevertheless. John needed to come to his senses and drop that zero. Pay his child support and be done with it.

    June 26, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  20. Phantom

    Who gives a hoot! This lady is ridiculous. Eww.

    June 26, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  21. ModernMan

    I feel bad for the little girl. She will never have a normal life as long as he is surrounded in controversy.

    June 26, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  22. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    Come on CNN!!! With Arizona and Obamacare and the election going on, we get two days of Palin pinned to the top of the Ticker AND NOW EDWARDS?!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    June 26, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  23. bobbylen

    Wow! So much for her interview 20/20 interview just a week ago where she was adament about her love for him!
    Only one word to sum up this sorry human being; GOLDDIGGER. Prayers for the daughter however, she doesn't deserve any of what she'll no doubt suffer through in her teen years.
    NOBAMA 2012!!

    June 26, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  24. sonny chapman

    The Thrill is Gone–B.B. King

    June 26, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  25. Cathy Santraf

    Nuf said....move on

    June 26, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
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