Elizabeth Edwards Scorns Her Husband's Mistress

"I thought for my family, for my children, for me, it would be best if he got out of the campaign. He said truthfuly ? that if you want to raise a lot of questions you get out of a campaign you got into two days before," she said, admitting that he was right.

"I changed the way I talked a lot. ... At first I didn't think I could do it and I didn't. I canceled a lot of things at the beginning. It would be overwhelming ... that the one thing I asked for I didn't get," Edwards said, referring to her promise about fidelity.

The couple were always thought to have a strong marriage. In a rare interview with the Detroit Free Press last fall, Elizabeth Edwards said the idea that they were a perfect couple was a myth.

"There is no perfection out there," she told the newspaper.

For now, as Elizabeth Edwards said, the two are working on their relationship and marriage.

"I lie in bed, circles under my eyes, my sparse hair sticking in too many directions," she wrote in the book. "And he looks at me as if I am the most beautiful woman he has ever seen. It matters."

"I wouldn't be here if I didn't love him," she told Winfrey.

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