World Rocked (Not) by End of the John Edwards/Rielle Hunter Affair

Share your thoughts: Is it real, or just a publicity stunt for Hunter’s new book?

By: Carol Ross Joynt

Hell hath no fury like a cheating husband whose sensational infidelity is laid bare by his mistress in a tell-all. In other words, condolences, especially to the tabloids, for the supposed end of the affair between former North Carolina senator John Edwards and his baby mama, Rielle Hunter. She announced the split this morning in a live interview on Good Morning, America, not denying that the cause for her split with Edwards was her supposedly scorched-earth memoir, What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter, and Me, which is out today. She said her reason for ending the relationship was that she is no longer “interested in hiding.”

The couple share a young daughter, Frances Quinn Hunter, about whom Edwards spoke movingly after he was recently acquitted of campaign finance fraud charges. He called her “my precious Quinn, who I love more than any of you can ever imagine.” Hunter became pregnant with Quinn while Edwards was still married to Elizabeth Edwards, who died in 2010 from breast cancer.

In the interview with George Stephanopoulos, Hunter said she considered Quinn, Edwards, and herself to be still a family, “but as of the end of last week John Edwards and I are no longer a couple.” Asked if she would go through the affair again given another chance, Hunter said, “No way.”