Rielle Hunter: I Still Love 'Johnny'

The mistress talks—a lot
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 15, 2010 7:30 AM CDT
Updated Mar 15, 2010 7:51 AM CDT
A screen shot of the GQ website shows Rielle Hunter with her daughter Frances Quinn.   (GQ)
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(Newser) – Rielle Hunter finally speaks out—a lot—in a 10,000-word GQ interview covering, among other things, her first sexual encounter with one “Johnny” Edwards (on the day they met). More from the unpaid interview:

  • On her feelings for Edwards: “I love Johnny and I love my daughter more than anything in the world. We love each other very much. And that hasn't changed, and I believe that will be till death do us part.”
  • On the Edwards’ marriage: “Their relationship has been dysfunctional and toxic and awful for many, many years."
  • On Andrew Young: The cover-up “was Andrew’s idea”; “Andrew was in love with Johnny.”

  • On money funneled to her from campaign donors: Young “told me it was on the up-and-up and it was a gift. It was never hush money. Ever.”
  • On how Edwards reacted to her pregnancy: “He was always very gracious. But I believe on some level he was hoping I would get an abortion.”
  • On why Edwards lied: “When he did that interview he was not in the right mind. He was traumatized.”
  • On why she didn’t speak out until now: "I would have emasculated him. And I could not emasculate him.”
  • On their current relationship: “I am not engaged. I am not living in any houses that are owned by John Edwards. And he's not my landlord.” He does, however, pay child support.
  • Famous last words: Edwards “did say to me the first night, ‘Falling in love with you could really fuck up my plans for becoming president.’”

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