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John Edwards’ mistress Rielle Hunter apologizes for affair


NEW YORK (COLLEEN CURRY / ABC NEWS) -- The mistress of disgraced vice presidential candidate John Edwards has come forward with a public apology for “wrong, selfish behavior” that stemmed from falling in love with the married politician, having a child with him and then writing about it.

Rielle Hunter wrote her public apology on the Huffington Post, ahead of the release of a revised edition of her book, “What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter and Me.”

The affair played out while Edwards was the Democrats’ vice presidential candidate and his wife Elizabeth was dying of breast cancer.

“I behaved badly. That may seem obvious to you but it’s taken me a long time to admit that, even to myself,” she wrote. “ I hurt Elizabeth and her kids. I hurt her family. I hurt John’s family.”

“Unfortunately, I was not thinking about anyone but myself. I was selfish. I fell in love with John Edwards and wanted to be with him and that desire trumped everything else,” she said.

Edwards and Hunter started their affair in 2006 when Edwards had been married to his wife Elizabeth for 29 years. The Edwards had four children together.

After news reports began reporting on the affair in 2007 and 2008, Edwards denied allegations that he had fathered a child with Hunter for more than two years, until 2010, when he acknowledged he was the father of Frances Quinn Hunter.

Elizabeth Edwards separated from John, and died shortly after from breast cancer in 2010.

“I hurt people who didn’t know Elizabeth but loved her from afar. I hurt people who gave their hard earned dollars to a campaign — a cause they believed in. I hurt people who are married and believe in marriage. Many of these people have let me know that I hurt them,” Hunter wrote today.

John Edwards was brought up on charges in 2012 that he used campaign money to cover up his affair with Hunter, but he was acquitted on one count in 2012.

Hunter wrote in her Huffington Post piece that she realized now she hurt people by writing a tell-all book about her affair with Edwards, and decided to release an amended version now in order to include her regrets and mistakes.

“Owning your past mistakes is no day at the beach but I do believe it is an important endeavor to undertake,” she said.

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And he has to sell a book to

And she has to sell a book to say it. I wish both of them would just go away, and die.


You wish the both of them would just go away and die? What a juvenile and ridiculous thing to write. Idiot!


She ought to be ashamed. Shame........something that a lot of people do get any more. When I was a kid you did not make your mom ashamed. There is a lot that goes on today that I would be ashamed of.

Awwww, well I guess that makes everything alrighty then!

NOT!!! Sorry Rielle, you can't "unring" a bell! Ya did what ya did and if you have any conscience at all, you'll suffer the loss of sleep for the remainder of your natural life as you conjure images of Mrs. Edwards suffering through all of this that you were a part of.

We can all forgive, but forgetting is yet another chapter. You're looking a bit old now and worse for the weather. Losing out on a few "candidates" these days are ya? Hmmm, 'magine that? didn't hurt me or my marriage! You, in fact reinforced my wonderful and integral relationship with my wife. She doesn't just care about herself, never has.

Buy my new book

I see where this is going....

"Hunter wrote in her Huffington Post piece that she realized now she hurt people by writing a tell-all book about her affair with Edwards, and decided to release an amended version now in order to include her regrets and mistakes."

Buy my new book, I need more money.

really rielly?

How about a how to book on being a rat faced husband stealing country embarrassing low life that does not deserve the time I wasted typing this let alone for some one to buy a book written by this piece of white trash but of course it takes two to tango and John Edwards is just as bad.What a disgrace to the state.