Edwards and Mistress Have Broken Up

Former Democratic vice-presidential nominee John Edwards and his mistress Rielle Hunter have ended their relationship, she tells 'Good Morning America'.

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Dennis Van Tine
Dennis Van Tine

Democratic politician John Edwards and the mistress who bore his child have ended their relationship, it was announced on Good Morning America this morning.

Rielle Hunter, the mother of former vice-presidential nominee John Edwards’ four-year-old daughter, announced during an appearance on the ABC morning show that she and Edwards are no longer a couple.

“We are a family, but as of the end of last week, John Edwards and I are no longer a couple,” Hunter said on the show, according to the Associated Press. She said that the relationship ended for private reasons, but added that “media scrutiny” had worn couple down.

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Hunter’s memoir What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter, and Me, will be released Tuedsay through BenBella Books. The book was excerpted in the current issue of People Magazine and featured on the cover with the headline “We’re Still a Couple.”

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Hunter suggested in the interview that, while she does not regret having loved Edwards, she would not choose to pursue the relationship again knowing what she knows now, ABCNews.com reports. She explained that Edwards will continue to be his involved in the life of their daughter.

Hunter suggested in her interview with People that she hopes to find work in television in way of a “hip documentary series that helps people grow in relationships.”

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Hunter and Edwards began a relationship in 2006, and Hunter worked as a videographer for Edwards’ 2008 presidential campaign. She gave birth to their daughter Quinn in February 2008.

Hunter’s relationship with Edwards created a scandal when it was publicized that they had concealed their affair and Edwards’s paternity. Andrew Young, a staff member for the Edwards campaign, claimed paternity of the baby. He later denounced this claim in his memoir. Edwards’ wife Elizabeth died of breast cancer in 2010.

Edwards was later indicted and tried for using campaign funds to hide his affair with Hunter. All charges against him were finally dropped earlier this month.

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