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Posted at 2:27 PM ET, 01/ 7/2011

National Enquirer: 'John Edwards and Rielle Hunter engaged'

By Melissa Bell
Rielle Hunter
John Edwards (Jim R. Bounds/AP)

The magazine that initially reported the affair between former presidential candidate John Edwards and Rielle Hunter, announced a supposedly new scoop on Thursday: the duo is engaged.

The National Enquirer reported Edwards proposed to Hunter three weeks after his first wife Elizabeth passed away from cancer.

The Post spoke to John Edwards' spokeswoman who said the family would not be commenting on the Enquirer story. However, the Daily Beast reports that an unnamed Edwards' family spokeswoman said the story was not true.

A few years ago, the story would have likely gone down as a easily-dispensed-with rumor from a source more likely to break news on a bat boy sighting than on a political scandal. However, the National Enquirer correctly reported the story that Edwards had fathered Hunter's child, a charge he denied for two years.

Of course, the Enquirer did report similar news eleven months ago. In that story, Edwards popped the question around the time he told Hunter he'd be confirming his paternity to their daughter. Joyce Fitzpatrick, an Edwards' spokeswoman, flatly denied this report to CNN.

By Melissa Bell  | January 7, 2011; 2:27 PM ET
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