Rielle Hunter, mistress of John Edwards and thorn in the side of the late Elizabeth Edwards in the final years of her life, would like you to know she’s sorry for using the affair she had with the former candidate to flog her book and other media ventures.
Also, Rielle Hunter has a book out today. But that is in no way influencing her heartfelt apology about the whole affair with a dying woman’s husband thing!
Just in case you, John Edwards, his kids, or the memory of his wife, forgot the whole sordid story, Hunter recaps it all in her very, very sincere, and not at all related to a book release, apology.
“I am very sorry for my wrong, selfish behavior. Back in 2006, I did not think about the scope of my actions, how my falling in love with John Edwards, and acting on that love, could hurt so many people.”
But the heart wants what it wants, you know? Rielle continues:
“I hurt Elizabeth and her kids. I hurt her family. I hurt John’s family. I hurt people that knew Elizabeth. I hurt people who didn’t know Elizabeth but loved her from afar.”
There were also the political consequences, and she adds:
“I hurt people who gave their hard earned dollars to a campaign — a cause they believed in. I hurt people who are married and believe in marriage. Many of these people have let me know that I hurt them. Unfortunately, I was not thinking about anyone but myself. I was selfish. I fell in love with John Edwards and wanted to be with him and that desire trumped everything else.”
Lastly, Hunter muses:
“And then instead of apologizing when I should have, I went on to hurt more people by writing a book. I truly did not realize at that time how damaged I was and because of that, when I wrote my book I made more mistakes, ones I feel horrible about.”
At least this time she’s wearing pants.
Rielle Hunter’s In Hindsight, What Really Happened: The Revised Edition: John Edwards, Our Daughter and Me goes on sale today, but that aside, she’s totally sorry for the affair thing and the tanking a career thing and the tormenting Elizabeth Edwards as she was ill thing. Totally.