Rielle Hunter on John Edwards: 'I Know He Loves Me'

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.

Walters said Hunter was repulsed by the sight of the photos.

"She cried for two hours and realizes how terrible they are," Walters said.

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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.

"He's very supportive of me talking now," Hunter said. "He believes that it's something that will help me be at peace with it. And he knows how important truth is to me. Factual truth as well as spiritual truth."

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Hunter blasted Young for what she called blatant lies about her affair with Edwards, saying his motivations and those of his wife, Cheri Young, are mixed and fueled by the sting of being scorned.

"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," Hunter told GQ

"I think like I do with everything: the truth eventually reveals itself. And we're all here to grow and evolve. And I think Andrew will grow and evolve, even if it's behind bars," she continued.

But Young said he's confident in his version of events.

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