The couple who say they hid John Edwards' pregnant mistress claim their loyalty to the one-time presidential candidate often came before their own marriage and family.
"This was years and years piled up of anger and me always having to say yes," Cheri Young told "Good Morning America" today. "We always put John and Elizabeth Edwards first. There was never a no."
The couple didn't even say no when Edwards asked them to publicly announce that Andrew Young was the father of his mistress' baby.
Andrew Young has said he was immediately enamored with the charismatic senator from North Carolina, but Cheri Young said she found him to be brash and offensive.
At the couple's first dinner with Edwards, "He was pretty loud and I guess, offended me essentially, over my pay as a nurse."
But for Andrew Young, Edwards was his ticket to the top, even as the then-senator became increasingly demanding.
"We used to have a saying on our refrigerator, 'Never confuse having a job with having a life,'" Andrew Young said today. "There were numerous times when Cheri would say, 'Andrew you need to be home,' and I would say, 'Honey I can't.'"
The Youngs are now tangled in a legal battle with Edwards' former lover Rielle Hunter over rights to an alleged sex tape that the Youngs say clearly shows Edwards and a pregnant woman. The woman's face isn't seen on the tape, but she is wearing bracelets and a thumb ring that belonged to Hunter.
Andrew Young said he has been offered a "gigantic" amount of money for the tape, but has refused to sell.
Hunter won a temporary restraining order last week, looking to reclaim a "private" video and photos. The Youngs claim they found the tape in trash at a house they shared with Hunter for several months and they claim that Hunter downloaded the photographs onto their computer. The tape, they said, was pulled out of its case and cut. They put the tape back together.
Hunter, however, claims the tape and photos were taken from a hat box in her rental house where she stored personal items. And the photos, she says, were on her computer. She has also filed suit against the Youngs for invasion of privacy.
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The Youngs told "GMA" today that by the time Edwards requested they take in and care for Hunter and claim that Andrew Young was the father, they were in too deep to say no.
"Aside of Rielle already living with us … Andrew had already been taken off the campaign payroll so we were completely dependent on a job John Edwards had set up and health benefits," Cheri Young said.
The Youngs have estimated that it cost Edwards benefactors' $1 million in cash, private jets and hotel rooms to cover up the affair and Hunter's pregnancy.
Hunter gave birth to her and Edwards' child, Frances Quinn, in February 2008. Edwards didn't publicly admit paternity until January, just days before Young's book "The Politician" was due to go on sale.
Young told "Good Morning America" Monday that after he broke with Edwards, tensions over the cover-up got so heated that he feared for his family's safety.
"For several months, I used to get up at 3 a.m. and walk around the house with a baseball bat and a knife," he said. During that time, Young said he had his three young children sleep with him and his wife.