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Elizabeth Edwards "disgusted" by Rielle Hunter pictures, interview (wait, should we be surprised by that?), but "at peace"; Hunter takes responsibility for photos

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The ugliest soap opera in America moved from GQ and "The View" to People and "Today" on Thursday morning.

Three days after John Edwards's ex-mistress Rielle Hunter spilled all in a GQ interview (accompanied by some boudoir-ish photos she later told Barbara Walters were "repulsive"), people close to Elizabeth Edwards lashed out via People magazine, saying the wronged wife was "disgusted."

In her GQ interview, Hunter described the Edwards marriage as "toxic" and broken long before she came on the scene; she also alleged that the former presidential candidate made most of his boneheaded mistakes in the whole mess because he feared his wife's "wrath." She also maintained that Edwards still loves her, though she was ambiguous about whether they're still together in any way.

People - which has long had close access to the Edwards family - cites a source saying that Elizabeth "was disgusted by the photos like everyone. But she moved on pretty quickly"... and is now inspired to write a new chapter for the forthcoming aperback version of her surviving-my-husband's-affair memoir "Resilience." People also cites Elizabeth's sister saying that she's "happy and at peace."

Meanwhile, People cites a friend of John, who says that the ex-pol is only in touch with Hunter to deal with the care of their 2-year-old lovechild, Frances Quinn Hunter - and that any notion they'd reunite is "total fantasy."

Back to Hunter again: She issued a statement to NBC News, aired on "Today," in which she muted her earlier complaints about GQ's photographer Mark Seliger and claims she had no idea she'd be portrayed in the magazine sharing a glimpse of panties.

"I understood what photos were being taken," Hunter said in the statement. "It was my mistake to pose for them given I had no photo control or approval. I also posed for many photos that I thought were more appropriate for the content of the interview. Obviously I really wish they had decided to use those. I stand by this interview and would give the exact same answers under oath."

By The Reliable Source  |  March 18, 2010; 11:55 AM ET
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Comments

Yea she's disgusted that she has to go and GIT that wench for making money off her demise, and she will get it to, Elizabeth is surviving you think after pinning down cancer she's not gonna fight for everything she deserves, check the story out


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Posted by: republicanblack | March 18, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Rielle, you loved the photos...until you starting hearing the negative comments. Did you think the photos would help you get Johnny back?

Posted by: nomorewholefoods | March 18, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Ol' John will be tapping that as soon as the coast is clear. Shoot, the damage's done, no reason not to after EE kicks.

Posted by: ronjaboy | March 18, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

They all sure love the Kool-Ade, addicted you might say. With class act Ari Emanuel involved it will be served up by the bucket full!

Posted by: ManOpener | March 18, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

I am so sick of Saint Elizabeth. I've read several times that she treated her husband like a child. She put up with adultery in order to fulfill her ambition to live in the White House.
Woman like her disgust me. If she wanted to be in the White House, SHE should have run for President, instead of clinging to her husbands coattails.

Posted by: spro | March 18, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

I thought Elizabeth Edwards died of cancer.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | March 18, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse


I've really come to the conclusion that all three, Pretty Boy Johnny, Elizabeth & Rielle, all sort of deserve each other. Maybe they can all set up a household together.

And, I've also come to the conclusion that all of those naiive people who actually voted for and supported that clown pretty much sort of deserve all this public airing of the distasteful and seemy side of their erstwhile pretty boy candidate, who presented a glass facade of a public persona belied by his own hubris and obvious falsehoods.

Maybe when the next John Edwards comes along, those people will be just a tad less gullible.

Posted by: LAWPOOL | March 18, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse


I've really come to the conclusion that all three, Pretty Boy Johnny, Elizabeth & Rielle, all sort of deserve each other. Maybe they can all set up a household together.

And, I've also come to the conclusion that all of those naiive people who actually voted for and supported that clown pretty much sort of deserve all this public airing of the distasteful and seemy side of their erstwhile pretty boy candidate, who presented a glass facade of a public persona belied by his own hubris and obvious falsehoods.

Maybe when the next John Edwards comes along, those people will be just a tad less gullible.

Posted by: LAWPOOL | March 18, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

I am so sick of Saint Elizabeth. I've read several times that she treated her husband like a child. She put up with adultery in order to fulfill her ambition to live in the White House.
Woman like her disgust me. If she wanted to be in the White House, SHE should have run for President, instead of clinging to her husbands coattails.

Posted by: spro | March 18, 2010 2:28 PM
++++++++++++
I just love how women are always criticizing Elizabeth. No one can make a grown man do anything he doesn't want to do. I think a lot of women are speaking form their own mistress experience by blaming the wife. I guess Hunter was too close to home for them. John could have divorced her, he didn't. Whatever their marriage was it was still a MARRIAGE. Hunter is a tramp (so is Johnny) and Elizabeth and HER KIDS are the wronged one in this story. People need to stop trying to make Elizabeth out to be evil.

Posted by: glt1979 | March 18, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Dear Rielle,

Please shut the f*** up.

Thanks,
The rest of us.

Posted by: iBarista | March 18, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Yes, a man can't keep his vows and it is _always_ his wife's fault. Other women think they are so smart, and so superior to the wives, yet continually they delude themselves in this way.

I wonder just what went wrong for them back in Junior High.

Posted by: Sharon_59 | March 18, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

This is indeed a public soap opera, & like a hwy car crash--we hate that it's there, but we still gawk.

Rielle is actually correct in that affairs are usually a symptom of marital problems, rather than the problem itself (unless there's sex addiction).
Many corroborate that Elizabeth was controlling, emasculating, wrathful, and more ambitious than John. And more chapters to her book certainly doesn't speak to being a peace, or moving forward. I'm not sure I've ever encountered anyone clinging so hard to past tragedies as E. She's just a more sophisticated form of drama queen.
We should never forgive her for what not forcing him to drop out (& yes, she could have) when she discovered the affair (her cancer was the perfect opportunity), putting the entire country at risk. For that, she has well-earned the punishment of perpetual public disgrace.

John's friend's comments are as truthful as their source. (Did he know about R. the whole time, or did John tell him that wasn't true also?)

Rielle may be crazy like a fox. Now John can tune into the net to see the booty waiting for him, and Elizabeth can be constantly reminded of what Rielle has that she doesn't.

Posted by: Outside_Beltway | March 19, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

I don't think anyone would disagree that affairs can be a symptom of a marital problem. But not always, and not only in the case of sexual addiction. Some people (men or women) can be selfish and incredibly thick-skinned as to underestimate what infidelity can do to the trust that is so important in a marriage.
We all know men/women like this; the ones who take advantage of a business trip, slide their wedding bands into their pants pockets or purses and see what else is out there for them. If they get called on their caddish behavior, they simply shrug sheepishly and move on, knowing that at some point, some one won't care that there's a husband/wife or a family at home.
It's a shame that so many who knew these people can now feel free to point out Elizabeth's faults in the marriage, but did they care enough to point out warning signs to either of them? Is it really that much more fun to point out the banana peel after someone's fallen on their butt?
We could debate this issue for days. But who can deny the delusion present in Ms. Hunter's story. Wow, we've heard variations of the same stories for different adulterers and their mistresses for years and years now.
You'd think at some point something would click and they'd realize their resemblance to other people lacking character. But I suspect they don't care.
Ms. Hunter, your 15 minute clock is ticking.

Posted by: Sharon_59 | March 19, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

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