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. cashmeremafia

    She must have found a new sugar daddy

    June 26, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  2. w5cdt

    Oh brother...what a soap opera. We should probably just leave these people alone.

    June 26, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |

    Hunter is on Hunt again thats my hunch.

    June 26, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  4. tet1953

    Huh..I assumed that was over a long time ago.

    June 26, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  5. catlover4ever

    I'll bet he never considered them a couple.

    June 26, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    And this, children, is what happens when you don't wear protection.

    The End.

    June 26, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  7. Michael

    Does anyone really care? it's all about trying to get another 15 minute of fame.

    June 26, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  8. pat

    He is as guilty as the day is long.; She is no better.

    June 26, 2012 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  9. MBW


    Take the money and run. John Edwards has treated you just as shabbily as he did his wife. The only person John Edwards really loves is himself. How can you compete with that? But then you are some piece of work yourself. To carry on with a married man to the extent of getting pregnant. And then going along with a cover-up for money and promises that John Edwards would make an honest woman out of you. Who was kidding who? You both belong in the loser category.

    June 26, 2012 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  10. Sherri

    Well, she has her book deal now so she doesn't need him. I guess the sex, that was like a rock concert (her words) is not the same. This is so funny! How could you stay with a man who denied his own child? That was creepy. THAT would be a deal breaker for me. I saw her on TV and she does not consider herself a home wrecker. Maybe she does not know the meaning. If you are a single person and you start having an affair with a married person, and their marriage comes apart due to that, then YOU are a home wrecker. So yes, she IS a home wrecker.

    June 26, 2012 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  11. Nija

    Men.... We never learn our lesson.

    June 26, 2012 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  12. TamarS

    the deserve each other! "we are family but we're not a couple?" what a dingbat thing to say.

    June 26, 2012 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  13. PaulBel

    Nauseating...vomit-inducing...could these two be ANY MORE disgusting....

    June 26, 2012 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  14. Thomas

    But he loves his child more then we will ever know !

    I think John has a great handshake . Now if he could stop thinking with his middle leg he might make a good Ambassador of Cuba.

    June 26, 2012 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  15. anne

    Amazing to me that so many posters are commenting on Ms. Hunter's naivete, poor judgement, "gold digger" status, etc.

    What about John Edwards?! He was a married man, with children, running for president who chose to begin an affair, apparently NOT practice safe sex, then lie about it, denying his own child. He will also go on to write a book of some sort, and make money consulting for someone, and is soooo responsible for so many really bad choices that he almost went to jail. I think he's worse than her. At least she wasn't married with an ill spouse.

    June 26, 2012 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  16. GMC123

    Whatever chances she had for being more than a "friend with benefits" was shot in the arm by her tell all book. He probably played nice until he realized she was hoping for a story to sell if she couldn't get anything more. I find them both disgusting.

    June 26, 2012 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  17. hk

    The relationship should never have happened from the beginning. To tell you the truth, I think they deserve each other.

    June 26, 2012 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  18. Ralph100

    Oh, she is just making these statements to sell her book. This breakup news was probably his idea to encourage people to get out and buy her stupid book. He is already counting the book sales. Who really cares about these two slime bags.

    June 26, 2012 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  19. GuyinVA

    And I was really rooting for those crazy kids!

    June 26, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  20. Marie MD

    Poor what's her face. Shacking up with a married man (running for president no less) because he had done it before (according to her) and he is hot!
    They are NOT a family. He is the father of her illegitimate child.
    Last week they are together. This week they are not. What a pair!!

    June 26, 2012 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  21. susan

    I am currently reading Elizabeth Edwards book, Resilience. This mistress is trash to me. Not only did harm Elizabeth while she was alive, but now she has the nerve to attack her when she can't defend herself. The fact that she had the audacity to write this book is disgusting. Is there anyone jumping to her side? John Edwards, you have fallen so low. It is bad enough to have had an affair, but to continue this relationship for years is too much. Ugh to the whole story.

    June 26, 2012 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  22. trantim

    He knows what he did was terrible wrong, a low class action, only his daughter stood by him to hear terrible things. On the other hand, the mistress appeared on TV and takled about the dirty relationship...if it was a good one, why hiding? He knows he would still a respectable father, a respectable man...by staying away from this lows class mistress....however, this event already made him a low class husband, a low class father, a low class public figure....his career is over...think deeply about it famous men before pulling your pant down.

    June 26, 2012 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  23. Rick Springfield

    They had a relationship of convenience to get him through the trial and it had no other purpose but to look good for the media. His family standing up there was just a show also. It was scripted by a producer and hand selected by a PR firm. But that's his life, a scripted show.

    June 26, 2012 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  24. Northernstar

    Oh come on people...it is designed to sell more books ! She is probably disappointed he wasn't convicted of something during the court trail (that would have helped sell books too). See what happens after the book tour. They will have get back together and marry.

    June 26, 2012 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  25. gregingso

    Hunter is John Edward's punishment for being a lousy human being. I guess it's what Earl would call Karma. Thought you escaped justice when you beat the charges in your trial? Not as long as Hunter is alive.She is to John Edwards what Bonnie Lee Blakely was to Baretta.

    June 26, 2012 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
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