The Rielle Hunter GQ Interview: Talking John Edwards Affair, Sans Pants
By Mike Hess Posted Mar 15th 2010 10:50AM
For the first time, Rielle Hunter is opening up to GQ about her tumultuous affair with John Edwards, a tryst that would eventually be the end of his presidential and political aspirations. Hunter, who also appears in a mildly-exposing photo shoot, says that she and Edwards were intimate from the very beginning, and goes into specific detail about their first encounter and how things played out after that, plus the "compassion" she has for Elizabeth Edwards. Details after the jump, and get the full interview at GQ.com!
On Breaking Her Silence: "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 Their First Night Together: "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 His Marriage Woes: "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."
Thinking Edwards Won't 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 Elizabeth Edwards: "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."
For more on the explosive interview, visit GQ.com!
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