(NEW YORK) — Rielle Hunter and John Edwards ended their controversial relationship last week, just days after her new book debuted and she went public about how they met, hid their affair and had a baby girl together.
“We are a family, but as of the end of last week John Edwards and I are no longer a couple. Not at all,” Hunter told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America.
When asked if she still loved Edwards, Hunter replied, “I do.”
Stephanopoulos asked if Edwards still loved her and she said, “You have to ask him. I think he does.”
Nevertheless, the couple split, she said, worn down by the scrutiny and pressure brought on by their high profile affair that began while Edwards was running for the 2008 presidential nomination.
“For me, for my part in it, it’s because I’m no longer interested in hiding, hiding our relationship, not living out,” she said. “I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but we’ve had a lot of media scrutiny. It’s complicated and it’s hard. It wears you down after a while.”
Hunter wouldn’t say whether one of them made the break.
“That’s private. We decided together to end it. It’s hard. It’s painful,” she said.
The interview began with Stephanopoulos asking Hunter, who has a baby girl named Frances Quinn with Edwards, whether knowing what she knows now, would she do it all again.
“Would I do that again?” repeats Hunter almost incredulously. “No way. Absolutely not.”
The break-up came after the publication of Hunter’s revealing memoir What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter and Me. The book revealed that Edwards had several mistresses before her, but it also angered people for her harsh criticism of Edwards’ wife Elizabeth, who was dying of cancer at the time of their affair. Elizabeth Edwards has since died of the disease.
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