Young said it was Hunter who has taken liberties with the truth and that he has the voicemails and e-mails to corroborate his story. Among the claims Young took offense at -- Hunter's insistence that she had no idea that the amount of money being funneled to her through the Youngs by private benefactors topped $700,000.
"It's patently ridiculous for Rielle to say she that didn't know that money was coming in or this or that. We were living in a $20,000 a month house right down the road from Oprah Winfrey," Young said. "I mean, come 'on."
He also blasted her version of events that led to Young claiming paternity of Quinn. Young has maintained that the request came from John Edwards. But in the GQ article, Hunter claims it was Young's suggestion, made while Hunter was on the phone with Edwards, who was livid about his visibly pregnant mistress being photographed by the National Enquirer.
"Yeah! I want to be the baby daddy," Young said sarcastically. "No --that's ridiculous."
Young also questioned the photo spread that accompanied the GQ article, something Hunter herself was said to be very upset about.
ABC News' Barbara Walters said on "The View" today that she had spoken with Hunter in the morning and that Hunter said there was supposed to be just one sexy photo, not an entire collection.
"She thought they were repulsive," Walters said. "She cried for two hours and realizes how terrible they are."
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Hunter told GQ that she was not a mistress by nature -- only a woman in love.
"It's a role that I took on because I fell in love with him," she said. "And that was the role that was available to me."
And unlike Edwards' relationship with his now-estranged wife, Elizabeth, "he's not afraid of me," Hunter said, classifying their marriage toxic and "very abusive."
"It's interesting, though, that he allowed himself to be abused. You know, he's no victim," Hunter told GQ. "But I think it had to do with having the guilt of the double life -- it allowed him to accept the abuse."
Edwards' fear of his wife was "huge," Hunter said.
"He could not go to his wife and say, 'We have an issue.' Because he would be pummeled," she said.
"Most of his mistakes or errors in judgment were because of his fear of the wrath of Elizabeth," she said. "He's allowed himself to be pushed into a lot of things that he wouldn't normally do because of Elizabeth's story line. And the spin that she wants to put out there. He was emasculated. And you know, the wrath of Elizabeth is a mighty wrath."
When asked if she felt bad for Elizabeth Edwards, Hunter told GQ that she has "such compassion for her," but that Elizabeth has an "unwillingness to take responsibility for her part in the marriage"
Hunter confirmed to GQ that the first words she said to the former senator were "You're so hot" and said she slept with Edwards the first night they met.
She described their connection as "magnetic."
"And by the way, he is hot," she told the magazine. "He is not the two-dimensional geek that I thought he was, by any stretch of the imagination. He is hot."
Hunter did not comment on an alleged sex tape featuring Edwards and herself.
Elizabeth Edwards and Andrew Young, Edwards' former aide who initially claimed to be the father of Edwards' child with Hunter, have not commented on Hunter's interview, but in it, she said John Edwards was all for her speaking out.