Rielle’s reality on the Johnny affair
Her belly button is showing. And that’s not all that’s revealed by Rielle Hunter in a GQ interview.
She’s the other woman who had the child that former presidential candidate John Edwards admitted fathering. That was of course after his former aide, Andrew Young, claimed to be the father to protect Edwards and then wrote a tell-all book about the cover-up. Edwards and his cancer-stricken wife, Elizabeth, have since separated.
The April issue of GQ points out that all those players in the Edwards soap opera have had their public say except for the woman at the center of the storm… until now.
One rumor denied: “I am not engaged.”
Reaction to John and Elizabeth separating: “Shocking.”
She calls Edwards “Johnny” throughout the lengthy piece and declares: “I love Johnny and I love my daughter more than anything in the world.”
One of the photos decorating the GQ spread is of Hunter in a men’s-style shirt bare-legged on a bed. CNN has raw video of the photo shoot, courtesy of the magazine.
The Daily Beast describes a sex video allegedly of the couple based on accounts from multiple people who have viewed it.
For those who wonder how politician after politician ends up in a sex scandal (do they learn nothing from their predecessors?) it’s apparently not because they’re clueless. The GQ interview shows that Edwards was actually completely aware that an affair could hurt his chances for the White House.
On their first “extraordinary night” together Hunter says that Edwards told her: “Falling in love with you could really f–k up my plans for becoming President.”
But he did it anyway.
Hunter says she’s living in a rental and Edwards is not the landlord. But John and Elizabeth Edwards bought a house in Charlotte that they apparently thought would be a good place for Hunter’s daughter, Quinn, to live in, she says. “They wanted to rent it to us, and I couldn’t afford it. We do not live in the house, nor do we have any plans to move into it.”
And the trials and tribulations of being a mistress are unveiled. “Being a mistress was not easy for me. It was a huge learning experience,” Hunter says, insisting that she did not target Edwards.
“If Johnny was working at a gas station, I would still be in love with him,” she says.
“My stint as a mistress ended July 2008. And then our relationship evolved into something different,” Hunter says referring to when the National Enquirer got wind of Edwards visiting her and their child at a hotel.
When John and Elizabeth Edwards renewed their wedding vows, John knew Hunter was pregnant, she says.
And if anyone has ever wondered why the other woman would believe a man that has lied to his wife, here’s a clue:
Hunter insists that despite Johnny lying to his wife, family and country, “He doesn’t lie to me. He discloses everything to me.”
Photo credit: Reuters/Lee Celano (Edwards withdrawing from the presidential race Jan. 30, 2008)