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. usualone

    We don't know what happens behind closed doors. Why would some assume Mrs. Edwards was mean to her husband? When she had that episode outside of the home, perhaps she was at wit's end.

    June 26, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  2. jaylee

    She is nasty ! ! T-R-A-S-H ! ! ! ! !

    June 26, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  3. rharrisphd

    Oh no, my world is shattered.

    June 26, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  4. cathy

    And this is news? Why??? Most of us really could care less about any of this-

    June 26, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  5. allens

    who cares, he is a loser, always has been.

    June 26, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. Ramesh Shrestha

    Everybody is subject to human weaknesses and fallacies. Edwards and Hunter are no exception to it, and neither am I. Having said that, "who am I to judge another when I walk imperfectly?" So, stop this bullc**p and look into your own lives and see how many holes there are.

    June 26, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  7. tellthetruthforonce

    Why does that not surprise me. They are both vile creatures. Elizabeth Edwards was the wife and she will always be "The Wife" and Miz Hunter you will always be what the world knows you as.
    Sad that John and this woman does not mind trashing the mother of his children before her death and after. John you were aquitted by law but not by public opinion. You both need to shutty up and go away.

    June 26, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  8. MJW

    To Ms. Hunter: You are worst than anything I could imagine before I heard you speak.
    I don't care how much you are in love with someone who is married, you do not come out and trash the wife with her children hearing and think you have a chance with their father. It was bad enough you got involved with him, obviously at a weak moment for him when his wife was probably not able to live up to her "wifely duties" and he lied to you about other affairs so you would not hang on, but you did. Then have the nerve to speak badly about his children's mother, wife of 30+ years. It does not matter what happens between him and his wife you are in no position to talk about it. Men do and say anything to get what they want. How do you know what he was telling you was true? Do you expect her to just accept you and your child as if nothing happened? You helped hasten this woman's death due to the stress, but you were hoping to settle with John Edwards. Not a chance!!!! Even if Elizabeth was evil she had a right to be after what you did. You evil woman!!

    June 26, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  9. Devara

    Isn't her 15 minutes up yet?

    June 26, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  10. MJW

    I really don't know who will buy this trash. Who does she really think she is? Anyone who buys this book is worst than Rielle Hunter and she is so far down the barrel. Some nerve to trash a dead woman who cannot defend herself. She knew what she was doing from the beginning, that's why she made the tape, but Andrew Young out mart them both got the tape and is living high now. So sorry for those two old people who gave up all this money.

    June 26, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  11. markiejoe

    So why is she announcing this? To let everyone know she's back on the market? My, what a catch she'd be, huh?

    June 26, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  12. Old But I remember Everything

    John Edwards is trash with cash. Hunter is trash with some of Edward's cash. They both deserve each other.

    June 26, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  13. Bing

    The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence for Edwards is what it this means. Loyalty is not his thing which should be clear if you can cheat on your wife who had cancer and whom you shared beautiful children. We all have a issues and the bad part of being in the public eye is everyone knows your problems.

    June 26, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  14. OhioMom2

    RIP Elizabeth. You were far better than your cheater of a husband and this poor excuse for a woman. She seems surprised they have officially split but excerpts I read said they weren't even living together 24/7. John Edwards was still treating her like the mistress. That is a major clue, which she just didn't get.

    It's sad there's a child caught in the middle here. Her half siblings probably don't know what to do (longterm).

    This reads like a trashy romance novel. But sadly it was real life.

    June 26, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  15. Michael in Houston

    This may surprise you Ms. Hunter, however, your "story" is not something we are interested in reading or hearing. And lets just cut to the chase here....your trying to be a celebrity. After your book will come a reality show, (like that other celebrity seeker Bristol Palin) and god knows whatever else you will come up with to be relevant and make money. We will now be subjected to your antics as now you want your facetime with the camera and culture. We are sorry....there is already a very long line of fringe flappers trying to become celebrity and important. We are pretty stacked up with them right now so your going to just have to wait your turn.

    June 26, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  16. zandhcats

    Why didn't she just keep quiet? Sleeping with a married man and claimed that was his dead wife's fault to cause the broken marriage. I can't image how she can sleep at night and write a book about it.

    June 26, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  17. janet

    saschigirl: Pa-leese There's no honesty on either side, what are you thinking?

    June 26, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  18. JustMe

    I read an exerpt of her book and she comes across as a delusional idiot. She was 'surprised' to find herself pregnant even though she used no birth control. She constantly talks about her bad the Edwards marriage was – do you really think a man is going to say 'My wife is good, she doesn't deserve this but I just like to cheat on her."??? Like she says, no one outside knew the truth – and she didn't know it about their marriage, only what he told her.

    June 26, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  19. Dana

    Played like the fool he is. She'll be in his pockets for another 17 years. Gotta love the irony.

    June 26, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  20. Trailboss

    My man John the pimp of politics sleeping with his staff remind of a minister here in Atlanta you both are very slick.You build people trust in you and then you make them enemy's to your cause by being slick. Edwards and Newt should start their on social club they both are raw to the born sleeping around while your wives are dying. I would still vote for both of them as long as it is to run them both out of town on a rail.

    June 26, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  21. philbert

    Must be a slow news day.

    June 26, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  22. Pat in IL

    I've never understood why some people get "famous" simply for sleeping with somebody. Weird.

    June 26, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  23. Name just sayin

    Ruins his marriage, ruins his career, trashes his dead wife and then publicly dumps him. Oh yeah this ones a keeper... Lol! not that he didn't deserve it but what the heck did she expect.

    June 26, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  24. Cindy

    Maybe now he sees her as she really is. A bi...tch. Now if she would just go back to California and stay there.

    June 26, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  25. willowtree

    John better watch his mouth temper or not..Mel's gal pal sure taught a lesson to idiots.

    June 26, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
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