“I Was Selfish”: John Edwards’ Mistress Rielle Hunter Apologizes For Affair And Tacky Book
If the name Rielle Hunter sounds familiar, it’s probably because last year, the woman was everywhere in an attempt to promote her book, What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter, and Me. In it, she discussed her infamous affair with John Edwards, the former senator from North Carolina. Hunter and Edwards had a baby together that he tried to deny, but DNA tests proved that the baby girl was his. The fallout was incredible. His wife, Elizabeth Edwards (who was in remission of cancer at the time the affair came out), divorced him, and his political career ended in the ugliest manner.
And while Edwards’ family tried to heal, Hunter decided to speak openly for attention about the affair, including posing half-dressed in GQ. And if that wasn’t enough, after the death of Elizabeth Edwards to cancer, as her children were mourning, Hunter came out with her book, and in it, called the late woman everything from a “witch on wheels” to a “crazy” woman who drove John away. John Edwards’ daughter Cate spoke about her disappointment with such statements in an interview around the time the book came out. “I thought it was a poor choice, I guess, is all I can say.”
Fast forward to yesterday and it seems that Hunter is really sorry for her behavior during that whole scandal. She wrote an open letter on the Huffington Post called, I, Rielle Hunter, Apologize, where she comes clean about everything and says that she’s sorry to all of the people she hurt when she engaged in a relationship with John Edwards. She now realizes she was being selfish:
I behaved badly. That may seem obvious to you but it’s taken me a long time to admit that, even to myself. For years I was so viciously attacked by the media and the world that I felt like a victim. I now realize that the attacks are actually beside the point. The point is: I behaved badly.
I am very sorry for my wrong, selfish behavior. Back in 2006, I did not think about the scope of my actions, how my falling in love with John Edwards, and acting on that love, could hurt so many people. I hurt Elizabeth and her kids. I hurt her family. I hurt John’s family. I hurt people that knew Elizabeth. I hurt people who didn’t know Elizabeth but loved her from afar… I was selfish. I fell in love with John Edwards and wanted to be with him and that desire trumped everything else.
And then instead of apologizing when I should have, I went on to hurt more people by writing a book. I truly did not realize at that time how damaged I was and because of that, when I wrote my book I made more mistakes, ones I feel horrible about.
Hunter also opened up about being a “product of infidelity,” and how her parents cheating had an influence on her:
Both of my parents cheated on each other, and as a kid it damaged me. I then grew up, fell in love with a married man, and caused even more damage. I believe history often repeats itself if you do not take responsibility and change it. Infidelity is wrong…I am sincerely sorry for my bad behavior, and for hurting anyone. If I hurt you, I am sorry. It was not my intention, I was thoughtless and selfish, and I am sorry.”
I think it’s good that Hunter is owning up to her mistakes, but there’s still something odd about it since she’s promoting a “new” book about the situation called In Hindsight, What Really Happened: The Revised Edition: John Edwards, Our Daughter and Me. If she’s really sorry, I think it would help if she, from here on out, stopped talking publicly about the situation and backed away from the spotlight.
Check out the full apology over at The Huffington Post and let us know what you think.