Rielle Hunter: I Know John Edwards Loves Me

Rielle Hunter, the mistress of John Edwards, opens up to GQ, breaking her long silence regarding her affair with the politician and father to her 2-year-old daughter, Frances. Hunter, who was hired as Edwards’ videographer, said she slept with the politician the night she first met him in 2006. Read on:

On knowing John loves her: “I know he loves me. I have never had any doubt at all about that. We love each other very much. And that hasn’t changed, and I believe that will be till death do us part. The love doesn’t go away. It’s unconditional.”

On becoming pregnant with his child: “He was always very gracious about it. And he always said that he would support whatever decision I made. But I believe on some level he was hoping I would get an abortion.… He wasn’t happy about the timing.”

On why she had an affair with him: “I had never experienced anything like what was flowing between us. I sat on the other side of the room. I wouldn’t go near him….There was sooo much attraction and sooo much…I want to say love, but it wasn’t love at that point…it was just this, this magnetic force field like I had never experienced. It terrified me. And, um, I eventually walked over to his side of the room. [laughs] He was pretty relentless.”

On having an affair with a married man: “Well, I was aware of it from the get-go. He doesn’t lie to me…and well, first of all, infidelity doesn’t happen in healthy marriages. The break in the marriage happens before the infidelity. And that break happened, you know, two and a half decades before I got there. So the home was wrecked already. I was not the Home Wrecker.”

On John trusting her: “He’s not afraid of me. He’ll tell me anything and everything.… He has no fear that I’m going to abuse him. And I believe what happened in his marriage is, he could not go to his wife and say, ‘We have an issue.’ Because he would be pummeled.… Most of his mistakes or errors in judgment were because of his fear of the wrath of Elizabeth…. And you know, the wrath of Elizabeth is a mighty wrath.”

On why she’s remained mum until now: “I feel comfortable talking now, because Johnny went public and made a statement admitting paternity. I didn’t feel like I could ever speak until he did that. Because had I spoken, I would have emasculated him. And I could not emasculate him…. He’s very supportive of me talking now.… It’s been four years. It’s hard to know that people are out there speaking over and over and over again untruths. Lies. Consciously going out there and spinning the truth. Using me and Johnny and our relationship to make themselves look better, to play victim, or to get money.”

On political aide, Andrew Young’s tell-all book: “I’ll say this about Andrew’s book: If his grand-jury testimony matches his book, I would suspect that they will be looking at him for many, many counts of perjury. They are scorned. Andrew was in love with Johnny.… Beyond. And I believe he loved Johnny more than he loved Cheri. Johnny was the third person in their relationship. And I’m sure she hates Johnny, because Andrew took a lot of obvious actions that were for Johnny and not for Cheri.… But a lot of their motivation is money.”

On her future with ‘Johnny’: “I do know that I love him and that love is till death do us part, and probably beyond. We have a child together, so at the very least we will be co-parents together.”

Filed under: John Edwards,Rielle Hunter

Photo credit: GQ

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  1. Anonymous

    Yes and he is still married to his WIFE ..SO tell us Rielle what makes you so
    different than all the other mistresses out there.. that think that he is going
    to drop his family for you and that you personally will be his one and only
    when Elizabeth gets the last laugh!!!! because she is the one he will be with at the end of the day …NOT YOU…

  2. TIFFANY

    Who is the photographer? Such a distasteful shot….uggghhh

    • Shelly

      I’m not sure who the photographer was but Rielle (or however you spell it) said that she “went with the flow” of the shots and is really finds the exposed stomach picture “repulsive”. HA – replusive would be sleeping with a married man. Go check out more pictures on ABCNews dot Com and US magazine. She’s really a waste of space.

      • Shelly

        Wow, my fingers got ahead of my brain, sorry.

        I found this from an interview with Barbara Walters:

        “When Walters asked Hunter why she posed for the shots in the first place, “she said she trusted Mark Seliger, whom she said is a brilliant photographer and quote, ‘I went with the flow.'”

        “Walters said Hunter “thought that having one of those photos was okay and would be sexy and that there were others that were just beautiful headshots, but that GQ picked photos to hit one note.”

        I’m sure she’s loving the fact that her face is going to be plastered everywhere and I think it’s sick sick SICK that she’s using that child in such a horrible way.

  3. Anonymous

    I don’t know who I feel sorriest for…the Edwards kids’ or this little baby who didn’t ask to be born to this crazy, homewrecker and poor excuse of a man. Why is this news?

  4. Disgusting!

    I cannot stand this nasty homewrecker. Imagine going after the husband of a poor woman in agony with breasts cancer, but apparently she didn’t care. She couldn’t even wait until Edwards became a widower now she is full of excuses and thinks she is a celebrity.

  5. Anonymous

    She disgusts me. He does have other effing children that are probably hurt reading this you crazy woman. You sicken me.

  6. Peta

    I wish the media would stop giving these jump-offs attention. She and others in her category knew the man was married with children and didn’t care – they’re not entitled to squat.

    Stop making them feel entitled to special treatment! The only ones deserving of sympathy are the children born from such mess.

  7. Anna

    So if his wife is really such a horrible person and the marriage was wrecked for decades why didn’t Edwards just get a divorce decades ago?

  8. Anonymous

    she is a w*hore and John Edwards is a disgrace!

  9. Anonymous

    She’s quite the flake.

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