Edwards’ betrayed wife not sure whether he fathered mistress’s child

May 6th, 2009 - 1:52 pm ICT by ANI  

Oprah Winfrey Washington, May 6 (ANI): Despite Democrat politician and former presidential candidate John Edwards’ denials that he fathered a baby with his onetime mistress, Rielle Hunter, his betrayed wife Elizabeth said she has “no idea” whether he is a new dad.

In an exclusive interview set to air Thursday, Oprah Winfrey asks Elizabeth Edwards about rampant speculation that Edwards is the father of campaign videographer Rielle Hunter’s one-year-old daughter.

“I’ve seen a picture of the baby. I have no idea. It doesn’t look like my children, but I don’t have any idea,” Elizabeth Edwards told Winfrey.

Edwards talked about the state of her marriage, her husband’s infidelity and her ongoing battle with terminal cancer.

Last week, the Daily News published an exclusive report about Elizabeth Edwards’ new memoir “Resilience” in which recounts how she publicly stood by her cheating husband’s side in his failed presidential campaign.

Winfrey asked Edwards directly whether she’s still in love with her husband.

“You know, that’s a complicated question,” she said.

The couple is still living together in their 28,000-square-foot home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Asked if their relationship is day to day, Edwards replied, “Neither one of us is out the door so I guess it’s day by day, but maybe it’s month by month.”

In a portion of the interview that will be chronicled in the June issue of O magazine, Edwards offered an explanation for why her husband might have been attracted to Hunter.

“This person is very different from me, and really very different from him,” she said. “We’re basically old-fashioned people. So, this was a pretty big leap for him. Maybe it’s being so different is what was attractive.”

As she revealed in her memoir, Elizabeth Edwards told Winfrey she specifically requested fidelity from her husband when they married.

“I wanted him to be faithful to me - it was enormously important to me,” she said.

Edwards told Winfrey how Hunter used a tawdry pick-up line to lure her husband.

“What John said is that this woman spotted him in the hotel in which he was staying. He was meeting someone in the restaurant bar area and she verified with someone who he worked with that it was John,” she said.

“John went to dinner at a nearby restaurant and when he walked back to the hotel she was standing in front of the hotel. She said to him, ‘You are so hot.’”

Edwards, who has dealt with tragedy before when the couple’s 16-year-old son, Wade, died in an auto accident, said she is not scared of dying.

“It’s not as frightening,” she said. “If there’s an ever after - please, please, please - I would be leaving part of my family, but I can do and join another party, and wait for that day when we’re all together again. In some ways it’s something you yearn for.”

John Edwards did not publicly admit the affair with Hunter until last August - seven months after he quit the presidential race, and the National Enquirer had reported he was the father of Hunter’s daughter. (ANI)

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