CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In her first interview, Rielle Hunter said she and “Johnny” Edwards “love each other very much” and criticizes media portrayals of her as untrue.
Hunter, who gave birth to a girl fathered by Edwards, is the subject of an interview in GQ magazine released Monday.
In the wide-ranging interview, Hunter said she decided to talk after Edwards admitted paternity in January. Daughter Frances Quinn is now 2.
“I feel comfortable talking now, because Johnny went public and made a statement admitting paternity,” she said. “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. Also, it is not my desire to teach my daughter that when Mommy’s upset with Daddy, you take matters into your own hands and fix Daddy’s mistakes.”
She also said she talked to Edwards in 2008 after he denied fathering her child in a TV interview.
“And I said, ‘Ouch, that hurt.’ And he said, ‘I’m sorry.’ And ‘it doesn’t mean anything.’ And it didn’t. I know he loves me. I have never had any doubt at all about that. We love each other very much. And that hasn’t changed, and I believe that will be ’til death do us part. The love doesn’t go away.”
Hunter said that she and Edwards have been in love from February 2006 until now. She said she didn’t want him to run for president and considered it “reckless” to stay in the race after his wife’s cancer returned. She suggested he at least wait until April 2007 because her intuition and astrology suggested he would have a difficult first three months of the year.
Elizabeth Edwards’ cancer returned in March of that year. Hunter said John Edwards wanted to exit the race but that Elizabeth Edwards wanted to stay in. John and Elizabeth Edwards are now separated.