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Rielle Hunter calls Edwards reckless, hot, 'Johnny'

Hunter holds her 2-year-old daughter fathered by Edwards.


Hunter holds her 2-year-old daughter fathered by Edwards.

Edwards called reckless, hot, 'Johnny'

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In her first interview, Rielle Hunter said she and "Johnny" Edwards "love each other very much" and criticized media portrayals of her.

"Everyone talks about how Johnny has fallen from grace," Hunter told GQ magazine in an interview released Monday. "In reality, he's fallen to grace."

In the wide-ranging interview, Hunter said she decided to talk after Edwards admitted paternity in January. Daughter Frances Quinn is now 2.

"I feel comfortable talking now, because Johnny went public and made a statement admitting paternity," she said. "I didn't feel like I could ever speak until he did that. Because had I spoken, I would have emasculated him. And I could not emasculate him."

She said she talked to Edwards in 2008 after he denied fathering her child in a TV interview.

"I said, 'Ouch, that hurt.' And he said, 'I'm sorry.' And 'it doesn't mean anything.' And it didn't. I know he loves me. ... Our connection is profound. There's a lot of passion there."

Hunter said that said she didn't want Edwards to run for president and considered it "reckless" to stay in the race after his wife's cancer returned. She suggested he at least wait until April 2007 because her intuition and astrology suggested he would have a difficult first three months of the year.

Hunter told the magazine that she and Edwards first met on a street corner in New York City and says her first words to Edwards were, "You're so hot." She said they had sex that night in his hotel room.

After that night, Hunter said Edwards told her, "Falling in love with you could really (foul) up my plans for becoming president."

John and Elizabeth Edwards are separated. Hunter said that the affair ended in July 2008 and that the relationship is now something "different."

Times wires

Rielle Hunter calls Edwards reckless, hot, 'Johnny' 03/15/10 [Last modified: Monday, March 15, 2010 10:41pm]
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