Rielle Hunter Talks About Her Relationship With John Edwards

March 15, 2010 By:
Rielle Hunter Talks About Her Relationship With John Edwards

Rielle Hunter, the other woman in John Edwards' marriage is finally speaking out. Hunter gave GQ a lengthy interview about her lover affair with John Edwards.

Below are some tidbits from the interview:

On why she hasn’t uttered a word until now:

“I feel comfortable talking now, because Johnny went public and made a statement admitting paternity. I didn’t feel like I could ever speak until he did that. Because had I spoken, I would have emasculated him. And I could not emasculate him…. He’s very supportive of me talking now.…“It’s been four years. It’s hard to know that people are out there speaking over and over and over again untruths. Lies. Consciously going out there and spinning the truth. Using me and Johnny and our relationship to make themselves look better, to play victim, or to get money.”

On why she was “terrified” the first time she met with Edwards in his hotel room:

“I had never experienced anything like what was flowing between us. I sat on the other side of the room. I wouldn’t go near him….There was sooo much attraction and sooo much…I want to say love, but it wasn’t love at that point…it was just this, this magnetic force field like I had never experienced. It terrified me. And, um, I eventually walked over to his side of the room. [laughs] He was pretty relentless.”

On falling in love with Edwards:

“He called me the next day. We talked on the phone almost every night for four hours. We met on February 21. On February 25—on the phone, from Des Moines, Iowa—I fell in love with him. Head over heels in love. I was a goner.”

On knowing that there were problems with his marriage:

“Well, I was aware of it from the get-go. He doesn’t lie to me…and well, first of all, infidelity doesn’t happen in healthy marriages. The break in the marriage happens before the infidelity. And that break happened, you know, two and a half decades before I got there. So the home was wrecked already. I was not the Home Wrecker.”

On why she believes Edwards has never—and will never—lie to her:

“He’s not afraid of me. He’ll tell me anything and everything.… He has no fear that I’m going to abuse him. And I believe what happened in his marriage is, he could not go to his wife and say, ‘We have an issue.’ Because he would be pummeled.… Most of his mistakes or errors in judgment were because of his fear of the wrath of Elizabeth.... And you know, the wrath of Elizabeth is a mighty wrath.”

On feeling bad for Elizabeth:

“Oh, my God, I have such compassion for her. I really do. I mean, especially when you have terminal cancer… I watched my father die of cancer. It’s heart-wrenching to me. But it’s also really sad to me, her unwillingness to take responsibility for her part in the marriage.”

On Edwards’ reaction to the pregnancy:

“He was always very gracious about it. And he always said that he would support whatever decision I made. But I believe on some level he was hoping I would get an abortion.… He wasn’t happy about the timing.”

On whether the money she received was hush money:

“It was never hush money. Ever. Fred [Baron] gave me the money as a gift with no strings attached—Andrew gave me money because he felt I shouldn’t be using my own money to travel to see Johnny. Andrew always wanted to “take care of everything.”… Johnny had no idea what he was up to, nor did he ask him to do it. The dynamic was: Andrew always ‘taking care of things’ without telling Johnny or anyone else what he was doing, and claiming he was doing it ‘on the senator’s behalf.’”

On whether she sees herself living happily ever after with Edwards:

“I do know that I love him and that love is till death do us part, and probably beyond. We have a child together, so at the very least we will be co-parents together.”

On what Edwards told her their first night together:

“He in fact did say to me the first night, ‘Falling in love with you could really fuck up my plans for becoming president.’ And of course I said, ‘If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.’”