Rielle Hunter on Edwards' Affair: 'I Believed I Could Help Him'


The most controversial part of the book, however, may be what Hunter writes about Elizabeth Edwards. She was critical of how Elizabeth Edwards handled her own relationship with John Edwards and how she reacted to her husband's affair with Hunter. She said that Elizabeth Edwards used her cancer and her children as weapons in a war against a father trying to take care of his daughter.

But Hunter also maintained that she had "no desire to bash" Elizabeth Edwards.

"I have a great deal of compassion and empathy for her suffering. And I have no desire to bash Elizabeth. Elizabeth is the mother to my daughter's siblings. And she is, indirectly, now my family," she said.

Elizabeth Edwards died in 2010.

"What do you think the reaction is when the woman who's sleeping with the husband starts talking about the wife who is now dead from cancer?" Cuomo asked.

"There're a lot of people that'll go, 'Wow, I understand. I get it,'" Hunter said. "And then a lot of people will be outraged."

"I feel for both my daughter and for all the kids involved, the full truth needs to be in the public domain," she said. "Their father's not a demon and their mother's not a saint. And I'm not a home wrecker. We're real human beings. And there is a real dynamic that was going on, good and bad. And we all made mistakes."

Hunter said she has regrets about the affair, but the one thing she doesn't regret is having Quinn. She calls the little girl the love of her life.

In a written statement, family and close friends of Elizabeth Edwards responded to Hunter's criticism.

"All of us who knew and loved Elizabeth find it unfortunate that the character of this wonderful woman is being falsely criticized by someone who never knew her. Those who knew Elizabeth knew a kind, generous, brilliant woman who did not suffer fools. She was, for good reason, greatly admired by those who knew her speeches, her writings, and the wise counsel she gave to so many, so often. The memory of her wit, her heart, and her kindness will remain, for millions, untarnished, and especially so for her children, from whom she was taken too soon."

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