John Edwards’ ex-mistress, Rielle Hunter, apologizes for racy affair in second book

This woman has already tastelessly milked that affair for what it was worth. Her (or their collective) selfishness cost Edward his political career, sent his wife to an earlier grave than the cancer probably intended and must have broken his older children’s hearts. She can’t take the language of the first book back. Its already been published and sold. Her daughter will probably have the dubious honour of reading the book and coming to the unpleasant realisation of what a horrid person her mother was/is (I don’t know which is more appropriate at the moment) and the scandalous circumstances into which she was born.

I guess I sound pretty judgmental but I really can’t help It with this matter and I hope nobody buys this second instalment of the same book. I think she has already made enough money and notoriety out of the situation.

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‘In Hindsight, What  Really Happened’ is a retelling of Hunter’s affair with the two-time  presidential candidate that led to her pregnancy with the couple’s daughter,  Frances Quinn. However, this version takes a softer approach than ‘What Really  Happened,’ her 2012 memoir.

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	John Edwards and Rielle Hunter pose for a picture with their daughter, Frances Quinn.

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John Edwards and Rielle Hunter pose for a picture with their daughter,  Frances Quinn.

Rielle Hunter, the former lover of John Edwards, admits she “behaved badly”  in flaunting the details of her affair with the then-married presidential  candidate in a 2012 book and she now is seeking to pay penance … by releasing  a new book.

“I am very sorry for my wrong, selfish behavior,” she writes in an essay for  the Huffington  Post to mark the publication of her new book.

“That may seem obvious to you, but it’s taken me a long time to admit that,  even to myself … 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,”  she added.

Hunter was bashed in the media in 2012 for her memoir “What Really  Happened,” when she discussed the details of hooking up with Edwards, expressing  no remorse for the extramarital dalliance and showing nothing but disdain for  Edwards’ late wife, Elizabeth.

John Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth, who died in 2010.

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John Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth,  who died in 2010.

To add insult to injury, Hunter embarked on a series of media appearance to  defend her actions, including her comments on “The View,” when she insisted  Elizabeth was no saint, John was no demon and she was no a homewrecker.

She is now releasing a take-two version of events with “In Hindsight, What Really Happened,” which is dubbed as a  revised version of what led to Edwards’ downfall and Hunter’s secret  pregnancy.

“Not a word has been changed,” according to the book’s description, but some  notes that reveal Hunter’s thoughts and emotions have been added to express her  remorse about certain decisions.

She also is coming clean that the affair was wrong.

Rielle Hunter films John Edwards after a rally in New Hampshire.

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Rielle Hunter films John Edwards  after a rally in New Hampshire.

“I hurt Elizabeth and her kids. I hurt her family. I hurt John’s family. I  hurt people that knew Elizabeth. … Many of these people have let me know that  I hurt them. Unfortunately, I was not thinking about anyone but myself. I was  selfish. I fell in love with John Edwards and wanted to be with him and that  desire trumped everything else,” she writes.

“I fell in love with a married man, and caused even more damage,” she  writes, adding, “Infidelity is wrong. It hurts people. It hurt me and then  I in turn also hurt people. It is a chain of pain.”

Hunter, 49, says she feels “horrible” about how things played out last year  and blames her publisher for encouraging her in the style and tone.

“The actual execution of that idea turned out to be excruciating,” she  writes about the first book.

Rielle Hunter is releasing another book, which is called ‘In Hindsight, What Really Happened,’ about her relationship with former presidential candidate John Edwards.

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Rielle Hunter is releasing another  book, which is called ‘In Hindsight, What Really Happened,’ about her  relationship with former presidential candidate John Edwards.

The book was published in June 2012, just days after Edwards was cleared of  criminal charges relating to the misuse of campaign funds.

Hunter and Edwards began a relationship in 2006, when Edwards was seeking  the Democratic presidential nomination.

They carried on with an affair during the campaign and while Edwards’ wife  was receiving treatment for breast cancer.

Hunter became pregnant by Edwards and gave birth to a girl, Frances Quinn,  in February 2008.

Edwards admitted to the affair in 2008 but denied paternity until 2010, when  he finally fessed up to being Frances Quinn’s dad.

Elizabeth Edwards died in December 2010 after a long battle with breast  cancer.

John Edwards had four children with his wife including a son, Wade, who died  in 1996.

llarson@nydailynews.com

 

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