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I remember hearing about Rielle Hunter’s pregnancy through the drunken, gossipy grapevine of politicos on Super Tuesday of 2008. Pollsters and pundits were huddled down in drab enclaves at Manchester, NH drinking holes to avoid the bitter cold. Dennis Kucinich had just finished some pub beef something-or-other in the booth next to me. Right then, a fiery HuffPo blogger slid into the seat across from mine, and spilled: “John Edwards knocked some woman up. She’s having the baby and they have a cover-up story. No one in the press is saying anything because of Elizabeth’s cancer, but we all know.” He swooped back out.
There had been some tabloid speculation about Hunter before this, but few Americans knew or investigated. After hearing about the lovechild, I naturally watched with fascination as the saga eventually panned out. On February 27, Hunter had the baby. In July, the National Enquirer broke a story about Edwards visiting his new daughter at the Beverly Hilton (see above photo). After many public denials, Edwards finally admitted to paternity of Hunter’s child in August 2008. Since then, almost everyone involved has said their piece, and it only gets more interesting.
Very little, however, was said by Hunter while this was all going down, which is why Newsweek recently penned a story praising the “quiet dignity” of the mistress of a terminally ill woman’s politician husband.
GQ nabbed her first official words on the matter, a transcribed Q&A that weighs in at nearly 10,000 words (that’s what happens when you hold it in for so long!). Within the interview, she candidly addresses the flaws in others’ accounts, professes her love for Edwards, and talks timeline. In an effort to save you time reading, I’ve boiled her tale down to the important stuff:
1. Hunter calls Edwards “Johnny,” which is apparently the name on his birth certificate.
2. Hunter firmly believes that Mr. Pantsonfire never lies to her.
3. Elizabeth Edwards is scary as shit. She’ll chop your motherfucking dick off.
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While we’re never surprised to hear that a married politician has stepped out on his wife with one or a million “other women”–often the type with unreasonably puffy bangs and the kind of teeth that beg for fluoride (or something)–it never fails to disappoint us to find out that another one of our potential leading men is, simply, a dog.
It makes us particularly squeamish to hear about these stories, such as the now-galactic John Edwards scandal, in which the fellow’s wife is also terminally ill, the situation is blown out far and wide, and the family–already dealing with so much dark, sad, shit–is also then condemned to a very public hell of shame.
While we heard loud murmurs of the Senator’s alleged love child and affair with actress/filmmaker Rielle Hunter (pictured above) along the DC gossip chain during the madness of Super Tuesday, we tried deftly to ignore it. We didn’t want to hear it. Edwards wasn’t a bad guy, we thought, he’s a good guy. The story probably wasn’t true, or if it was, then he was a bad husband (not our problem) going through a bad situation (not our business), and this is personal crap (not politics), and that was that.
Among other topics discussed in the interview, according to The Corner, Edwards will confidently deny the paternity of Hunter’s 6-month old baby.
He will also clarify a most important note about the relationship: how he only began the affair when he knew his wife was in cancer remission, not dying of cancer:
“ABC reports Edwards said his wife and other family members learned about the affair in 2006. ‘Edwards made a point of telling [ABC] that his wife’s cancer was in remission when he began the affair with Hunter,’ ABC News says. ‘Elizabeth Edwards has since been diagnosed with an incurable form of the disease.’
Oh, PHEW! That changes everything. Edwards must be a good guy, after all.
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