John Edwards, the disgraced former presidential candidate, has finally come clean about fathering a love child with his ex mistress Rielle Hunter while running for presidency.
In a written statement provided exclusively to NBC News, Edwards says he’s taking responsibility for the child, Frances Quinn Hunter, who is now 22 months old. He writes:
“I am Quinn’s father. I will do everything in my power to provide her with the love and support she deserves. I have been able to spend time with her during the past year and trust that future efforts to show her the love and affection she deserves can be done privately and in peace.
It was wrong for me ever to deny she was my daughter and hopefully one day, when she understands, she will forgive me. I have been providing financial support for Quinn and have reached an agreement with her mother to continue providing support in the future.
To all those I have disappointed and hurt these words will never be enough, but I am truly sorry.”
Friends of the family tell NBC that Edwards and wife, Elizabeth, have separated, which really shouldn't come as a surprise. She reportedly learned that Quinn was John's daughter last summer. She is still undergoing cancer treatments.
He added that he had been financially supporting his daughter and that he had reached an agreement with his ex mistress to continue providing support in the future. He also bought his ex mistress and daughter a home in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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