Splitsville for Hunter and Edwards, Hunter says
June 26th, 2012
10:22 AM ET
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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. The GOP need to pack up and leave

    Honey, you and Edwards were never a couple. He was married, and you were a convenience who should have known better than to get involved with a married man. He was a married man who should have known better than to have an affair since he was already married.

    June 26, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  2. scdallas

    I actually liked them together. Say what you will but she made him happy, something his wife was no longer capable of doing. Elizabeth was horrible and mean to him. He should have just taken the bullet and divorced her 10 years ago. Men are so afraid of confrontation and losing half of their money when they fall out of love so they won't divorce. Let this be a lesson to men out there, if you're unhappy in your marriage, just get out, no matter what the cost. It's worth it.

    June 26, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  3. Bill Board

    Edwards is probably banging his head against a brick wall saying, "What the hell was I thinking? What the hell was I thinking? What the hell was I thinking?"

    June 26, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  4. happyjustmom

    Well, you wouldn't have to hide if he wouldn't have been married when you chose to have an affair with him, even while his wife stood by dying. Payback, baby, payback will bite you in the butt. And if he had an affair while married what would make you think he wouldn't do it to you? duh?

    June 26, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  5. lollypop

    two scumbags and I was hoping they would stay together and find out what misery is all about, he is so puffed up with himself that he will again try and fool everyone into thinking he is a changed man and wants to be elected to something for our good, as for her, maybe she will get over herself and stop thinking she is so terrific, woman like her that have no qualms about ruining another womans life or even his run for president think only of themselves, they need a wake up call and a slap across the face, and someone to tell them – they aint got nothing that every other woman does not have.

    June 26, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  6. Really?

    Are some women THAT delusional? You two were NEVER together. You were a side piece!! Tis all.

    June 26, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  7. Puma Girl

    Another book by a woman scorned. Great. I am sure their daughter would be so happy to know their lies and deceit when she grows up.

    Really, she wanted to tell her side ? Couldn't she just say all that in the interview without selling him out? She is just an opportunist – who really cares what she has to say? Why should she profit from doing wrong? Anyway you spin it, having an affair with a married man while his wife is dying and having a baby etc etc.. is wrong. I won't pay a penny if I were you.

    June 26, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  8. ohgran

    When they start a relationship in bed, frequently that's the only thing that they have in common. Try liking eachother before you go to bed and you might have a lasting relationship.

    June 26, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  9. Beverly - NYC

    Boo Hoo poor Rielle, if you were smart you would have seen this breakup coming as soon as the corruption trial was over. Your only shot at being a wife was for him to get convicted and string you along for visits and commissary, now you're no longer needed bye bye. Hope you get a big advance for book 3 "How John Edwards screwed me over."

    June 26, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  10. Kathleen

    And we care about this why?

    June 26, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. luxie

    Getting pregs is an old trick. Wake up boys !

    June 26, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  12. sad4willis

    How predictable! Apparently everyone except John Edwards saw the trajectory this thing was going to take from the beginning. So sad that Elizabeth and the kids all had to live through this! Just another case of a middle-aged man deluding himself that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence.

    June 26, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  13. pprty

    I suspect the real reason for the break up is that she snuck something into that book that she promised not to tell. She will be in the news as long as she lives because that's the kind of woman she is. She wouldn't have gone for John Edwards if he hadn't had money, & she will keep after all that she can get. What kind of work does she do anyway?

    June 26, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  14. dewayne

    they must have ended it in Surf City NC cause they sure were lovey dovey down here on our beach last week! Reports say our jelly fish were swimming away from them as not to get slimed by the "happy couple".

    June 26, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  15. gsj528

    I would hope that his daughter and other children said enough is enough after the things it is reported she wrote about their mother and told him that woman or us. I wish they would both go away.

    June 26, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  16. Karina

    The biggest tragedy is that these people did not allow Edwards wife to live her last months with some dignity and peace , instead they followed their greedy and self serving ambitions to grab the limelight and besmirch her and her family.
    Shame on all of them.!!!!!!!

    June 26, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  17. Freddo

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

    Hmmm... seems pretty simple to me. He was married, you knew it, and you screwed around with him anyway.

    And now the daughter pays the price.

    June 26, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  18. Ellen in CA

    Could it be that Ms Hunter actually was taken in by the charms of John Edwards? After all, millions of Americans were, and he was on the way to higher office before their affair was discovered. Some advice for Hunter: You are still young and healthy, there is still time to do something positive with your life. People tend to remember the good as well as the bad–a good example of this would be Elizabeth Taylor. She destroyed some marriages, but was able to accomplish much for the cause of Hiv/Aids. This is mainly why she will be remembered!

    June 26, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  19. Linda Mash

    No one cares Rielle. Elizabeth was a lady with grace and dignity. No matter how long you live, you will never ever come close or aspire to her level. You were a married man's dirty little secret. I feel sorry for your child.

    June 26, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  20. NoKIDDING!

    I can't believe it! LOL!!! I think they probably "SPLIT" (but it's not like they had a "relationship" to begin with)... because he refused to MARRY HER! This happened to someone I knew... she thought she could TRAP him by having a child... purposely got pregnant and then told him he would never see the child if he didn't marry her. I'm sure he's still paying the price today!

    June 26, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  21. NoKIDDING!

    Ellen in CA... SHE was the aggressor... with "You are so Hot"! Do ya think his HUGE EGO didn't drink that all in? LOL

    June 26, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  22. Michele

    Gee, I wonder who she'll go after next? Anyone with money so she won't have to work for a living (except on her back, which is apparently what she is best at).

    June 26, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  23. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Don't care whether they split or stay together and don't care how many books they write because I'm not interested in any details when the only purpose is MONEY.

    June 26, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  24. chefdugan

    Sure you're a couple – a couple of dimwitted jerks. He payed way too high a price for the pleasure of associating with a woman who, on a scale of one to ten, has the looks of about a five. Maybe next time he'll opt for a little class.

    June 26, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  25. saschigirl

    you know, I am finding that I respect her much more than him. I am not young – pushing 61 – and I find her honesty refreshing.

    June 26, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
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