Washington, June 19: Rielle Hunter, the former mistress of US senator John Edwards, has claimed in a revealing tell-all memoir that she was his last mistress, but not his first or only one.
In the book titled, ‘What Really Happened’ which is set to hit stores on June 26, Hunter has revealed that Edwards, a two-time presidential candidate, had affairs with at least two other women dating back 20 years, and did not reveal the truth about his former relationships until 2011, two years after Hunter appeared before a grand jury.
Ironically, when Edwards first met Hunter in 2006 he lied to her about having more mistresses and only spoke the truth about his relationships years later, when he was to be tried for using donations from wealthy political supporters to cover up his illicit affair and the daughter he had with Hunter.
Edwards last month was acquitted on one count of violating campaign finance rules and a federal judge declared a mistrial on five other criminal counts after the jury came back deadlocked.
In the book, Hunter is vague about the current status of her relationship with Edwards, but suggests that they remain romantically involved and that he is a presence in daughter Frances Quinn Hunter’s life.
“I really have no idea what will happen with us. The jury is still out. But I can honestly say that the ending is of no concern to me anymore. The love is here. And as sappy as it may sound, I love living in love,” ABC News quoted her as writing in the book.
Hunter said that she wrote the book, as she wants daughter Frances Quinn to “have one entirely truthful public account of how she came into the world After all, this is her story too.”
The book is both a full throated defence of Edwards’ innocence and at times a screed against Edwards’ wife Elizabeth, whom Hunter routinely describes as “crazy” and holds responsible for driving Edwards into the arms of other women.
Hunter and Edwards met on Feb. 21, 2006, at the New York Regency Hotel. She approached the former senator with the come-on, “You are so hot,” and moments later he called to invite her up to his room.
On that first night, Edwards, then considering a second run for the White House, told Hunter that he was currently sexually involved with three other women simultaneously, and had mistresses in Chicago, Los Angeles and Florida.
Throughout the first weeks of their relationship, Edwards would reference these women, even detailing trips to meet and break up with them.
But all three women, Edwards later confessed to Hunter, were completely fabricated. Made up, he said, to ensure that Hunter and other former mistresses, to whom he had told the same story, would not become too attached.
“Johnny went on to tell me that the three women he had told me about the first night I had met him were, in fact, not real and that he had made them up… My mind was racing… He had told me detail upon detail. I remembered the ups and downs of emotion I had felt the night he went to Chicago to break off his relationship there,” she wrote.
“My reality in our relationship had been ripped out from under me,” she said.
When Hunter asked about a secondary cell phone Edwards owned in the first months of their relationship, and on which he received calls, he said, that it was a gift from his “second ex-mistress.”
Edwards, she said, confessed to having additional affairs before 2004, but led her to believe she was his last conquest.
After learning that Edwards had lied to her throughout the entire length of their relationship, she wrote that “[I] beat myself up with mean thoughts followed by awful feelings.”
Ultimately, however, she shrugs off the deception, concluding, “Johnny didn’t do anything out of character. He has a long history of lying about one thing only-women-and I mistakenly thought I was different.” (ANI)