Tales from the Trail

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.

Edwards: the good, the bad and the diapers

If anyone wanted whiplash today, they should have watched the John Edwards story. USA-POLITICS/EDWARDS-WITHDRAW

First thing in the morning Edwards issued a statement confirming what had previously been gossiped but not proven: he was in fact the father of Rielle Hunter’s 2-year-old daughter.

(No need to count backwards, she was an Edwards campaign videographer during his bid for the Democratic nomination for the White House).