John Edwards’ rep has denied a report that the former Presidential candidate proposed to his mistress, Rielle Hunter. Edwards’ cancer-stricken wife, Elizabeth, sort-of announced her separation from her husband in late January following Edwards’ admission that Hunter’s baby was his. (I say “sort of” because People ran a cover story on the split titled “Elizabeth’s breaking point” with quotes from her sister, not Elizabeth. You can bet that it was sanctioned by Elizabeth, even if she wasn’t directly quoted.)
Now there are rumors that Edwards wants to make Hunter his wife, so he has someone at home to cook, clean and serve as a scapegoat for him while he lavishes attention on other women. His rep says it’s not true, though, just like the stories of Hunter and the baby were initially denied – for many months:
A spokesperson for John Edwards is denying reports that the onetime senator has asked his former mistress, Rielle Hunter, to marry him.
“It’s absolutely not true,” says a spokesperson for Edwards, of a story in the National Enquirer that claims the two plan to wed after his divorce from Elizabeth Edwards is complete.
Though the former senator acknowledged last month that he is the father of a 2-year-old girl with Hunter, a spokesperson for Edwards says he and Hunter don’t communicate directly any longer.
“They only communicate through a third party,” to work out Edwards visitation, the spokesperson says, and when the former presidential candidate visits daughter Frances Quinn, Hunter is not present.
John and Elizabeth Edwards separated at the end of December, and are now living apart. “Everybody is trying to move on with their lives,” says his spokesperson.
Edwards had previously denied National Enquirer stories about his affair with Hunter and the paternity of their daughter.
The recent detail that really floored me about this story is the fact that there’s a real sex tape between Edwards and a then-pregnant Hunter, and that Edwards former aide, Andrew Young, just handed it over by court order. I always assumed the sex tape rumors were untrue, maybe because I didn’t want to think too much about it, but Young has the tape and was keeping it in a safe deposit box in Atlanta. (Young initially claimed to be the father of Hunter’s baby in a paid bid to take the heat off Edwards. He says that he found the sex tape in an abandoned box in a home he once shared with Hunter.) Let’s hope the tape is never, ever leaked.
In regards to Edwards’ alleged proposal, if he’s smart he’ll stay single for the rest of his life. He’s already proven that’s not the case, though, and I can see him getting married again and regretting it. Elizabeth has hopefully lawyered up by now and is looking forward to being awarded half the assets her husband made during their over 30 year marriage. Maybe John-boy will have two alimony payments to make by the time he’s 60.