Rielle Hunter’s new memoir reveals John Edwards had multiple affairs

Everything that I ever wanted to know about Rielle Hunter, I learned from her bats–t insane 2010 GQ interview and her completely delusional Oprah interview. But Rielle still has more “revelations” and “never-before-heard” details on her affair and continuing relationship with John Edwards, the father of her child Quinn (conceived when Edwards was married and running for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination). So, Rielle has written a book called What Really Happened – a completely hideous book title, I just have to say. I guess Rielle feels vindicated because of how the John Edwards trial ended up – he was acquitted on one count, and a mistrial was declared on the other five counts, and the NC prosecutor says that they won’t seek to retry Edwards. So… VICTORY. Now Rielle shall bring the crazy. Here are some excerpts from her book:

Rielle spent her 20s doing blow: “I don’t like to think of myself as a stupid person but I have done a lot of things in my life that were just plain stupid. Snorting cocaine is stupid. Snorting cocaine for just under a decade, desperately attempting to recreate the euphoric high from the first line ever snorted is so far beyond stupid it may even qualify as criminal. Fortunately, I recognized this in my twenties and stopped. I then began to devote a huge amount of my time and energy to spiritual growth.”

Meeting John Edwards in 2006: “Seated at our new table, I was now directly facing the alleged John Edwards. He looked directly at me, not smiling. I returned his gaze, also not smiling. He rested his face in his hands and continued to glance at me during the rest of his meeting. This was weird. I knew this man,” Hunter reveals. After Edwards left the bar, Rielle says she ran into him on the street outside the hotel. “As he rounded the corner, he saw me and just lit up. I was very surprised to see him so soon, even though I had felt certain our paths would cross again. I could feel his joy when he saw me and I responded to it. Much to my own astonishment, ‘You are so hot!’ came flying out of my mouth. Not a usual greeting for me…His smile got even brighter.”

The strong connection she felt: During the brief meeting on the streets of New York City, Edwards asked Rielle to call him at his hotel. After offering to help the North Carolina native with his presidential campaign, Edwards was responsive to Hunter’s offer. According to the book, “He replied, ‘I want your help. I need your help.’ ‘Do you email?’ I asked. He said, ‘No. I am staying here under the name Matthew Nelson. Call me.’ ‘How long are you staying?’ I asked. He replied, ‘Until tomorrow morning. Call me. Call me.’ And then he was gone. I had never in my life experienced anything like that meeting. It actually made me dizzy. There was a very strong connection, between us, I was certain of it.”

John told her that he had other affairs: “He told me that he had an entire hidden life that had gone on for decades and that he was currently involved with three different women. One lived in Los Angeles, one in Florida and one in Chicago. Clearly this behavior of his was not going to change overnight.”

Rielle didn’t think Elizabeth was an innocent victim: “We were like a pair of teenagers,” she writes, “completely attached.” She claims that she never felt Elizabeth was an “innocent victim” and describes how John’s wife grew increasingly suspicious as Hunter followed Edwards around on the campaign trail. Edwards, she writes, told her that he and Elizabeth would have marathon fights and that the marriage had been in trouble for many years, “filled with issues that clearly neither Johnny nor Elizabeth wanted to address. They did not want to disclose the truth to themselves, much less the public.”

Johnny isn’t malicious: “I really don’t believe his lying about women was malicious. He used it as a defense to keep real feelings at bay.”

The time she spends with John now: “It’s better and more complicated at the same time,” she says. “I have a deeper understanding of him as a dad and as person who puts his children first. And I believe he has more respect and deeper appreciation of me now.”

[Via Radar and People Magazine]

Interestingly, Rielle shopped this tell-all to all of the major publishers, and she was rejected by all of them. She ended up getting a “small Dallas-based company called Ben Bella” to publish it – my guess is that the publisher has Republican ties, although I have no evidence to back that up, and it’s not like the Republicans even need to promote this story, you know? So, do you think the book will sell? I don’t. It would be different if John Edwards was planning to run for office again, or if he still thought he had a future in the Democratic Party, but surely he’s not that idiotic, right? If he just keeps his head down and raises his children, no one will give a crap what Rielle says about him and their relationship. As for her claim that John admitted to having multiple affairs – well, I believe it. I think he was screwing around on Elizabeth for a LONG time.

Photos courtesy of GQ.

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  1. marie says:

    Both John and Rielle are scum..

    • Sweettart says:

      I agree. She is vile, delusional, and completely narcissistic. And still justifying her behavior.

  2. lisa says:

    Why do grown ass women take provocative pictures with stuff animals?

    I think he has cheated for years. Elizabeth knew and just lived with it because none of them were serious. Then Rielle happened and this one was different. Not to mention the baby.

    • corny says:

      Um I think she looks completely virginal sprawled on her child’s bed but she simply forgot her pants which is how she got into this trouble in the first place

  3. Tifygodess24 says:

    This woman is disgusting , she goes on in her book about how Elizabeth was crazy and not a victim and so on. Ummm excuse me B*tch you were having an affair with her husband what did you expect an invite for tea??? I can’t believe she would even speak about Elizabeth like that , especially since she is no longer alive to defend herself. Trashing a dead woman – classy.

    • beyonce's bump says:

      everything you said. Adding “Gold digging Wretched Publicity and Fame Whore” to the list of attributes as well.

    • Kara Ann says:

      What I find eye-rolling about what she said is that she is describing how they shared “a moment”, how “special” their first meetings were, and especially the idea that they were destined to meet one another again. BITCH, puh-lease, you were an easy lay for a married man, the rest of that garbage is your imagination run rampant! Why do some women not understand what a completely immature, not to mention immoral, ass they sound like when they are spouting off about the “snowflake and glitter” covered romance that they are sharing/shared with a married/attached male?

      • beclove says:

        Agree. She can call it what she wants but its all about Johnny getting some.

      • anti-icon says:

        Exactly. And the grand literary romantic moment/comment was “you’re so hot.” Eyeroll out of my head socket…this woman is beyond delusional. She calls it spiritual. As a genuine spiritual person, I take GREAT OFFENSE at this gold-digging morally bankrupt whore. (And I really don’t call woman that very often at all…I mean, most of us enjoy sex. LOL)

      • Candy Barr says:

        I couldn’t have said it better myself, Kara Ann. Thank you . . .

  4. C.Lynn says:

    “I have a deeper understanding of him as a dad and as person who puts his children first.”

    What??? Edwards denied being Quinn’s father! He publicly denied his own child in an attempt to save his career. He tried to pawn that poor baby off onto his aide! Edwards puts his children last.

    • gee says:

      Not to mention, someone who puts their children first would not humiliate them so publicly. John Edwards is really scum.

    • Samigirl says:

      That was going to be my comment exactly! Political career first, affairs second, kids probably come fourth or fifth. I can’t fracking believe he was acquitted. I dislike him so much.

    • MST says:

      It was also said that Johnny wanted her to have an abortion when he learned she was pregnant.

      This skank with an escort’s name is nauseating. Um, yeah, I’d be bitchy if I had terminal cancer and I knew my husband was screwing some ‘ho. She and Johnny are made for each other. I hope karma really gives them a big bite n the @ss. I just feel sorry for poor child having these two creeps for parents.

      Anyone who actually buys this book should be bitch-slapped.

      • anti-icon says:

        And doncha just love (sarcasm) how Reille here deems it appropriate to disclose that John and Elizabeth had raging fights. Really, was she there, too? I wouldn’t put it past this “media” professional to have a stash of videos in here posession. I think that was going to be her Grand Fame Whore Gesture … and may still be. John Edward is a huge turd that the U.S. People narrowly escaped. This whore is just beyond even the understanding of her own hideous and narcissistic behavior. Still and always, these two slores brought down a lot of really nice people. Was water boarding ruled out as a punishment for Edwards? (Kidding, only slightly, though.)

  5. brin says:

    Sounds like it should be put in the fiction section next to Jessie James’ book. She and Edwards are gross.

    • Helvetica says:

      What an excellent idea! Plus, she and Jesse James should date eachother since they are cut from the same cloth.

      It’s also completely unoriginal to hear The Other Woman talking smack about The Wife.

      The fact these people come out and write books about people they’ve helped wrong is really pathetic. It’s a testament to who they are as people/their character (not that Jesse James or Rielle were ever considered to be good people).

      I am sure her child is going to grow up just loving all of her books when he gets older.

      And my goodness, that pic of her on the bed with the stuffed animals looks like something from a horror movie. Ick.

  6. Relli says:

    Sweet jaysus, those GQ pictures will never not be creepy and disturbing.

    This wOman is the definition of delusional. She has no concept if what’s real and what’s not. I am sure she is still planning her and Johnny’s rooftop nyc wedding complete with Dave Matthews band, she just waiting until they stop touring you see.

    I met John once because my father was featured in a publication he was associated with. He was dull during the Q&A and flat 1 on 1, that’s when I realized Elizabeth was the woman behind the man. Polite but completely uninteresting and zero personality. Your right the best he can do is raise his young children and move on. Although shortly before Elizabeth died Gawker had sighting of him on the prowl in the bar scene partying with Duke students.

    They are both losers.

    • Esmom says:

      Yes I agree they are both losers but to a certain degree I believe Elizabeth was part of the problem. All three are/were pretty much wackos.

  7. Twez says:

    There are no words for how contemptible I find this person, and surprisingly, very little of it has to do with her status as “the other woman.” She is such a cliche that I just hate her existence.

  8. fancyamazon says:

    “The alleged John Edwards” What does that even mean? Was it him or not? And why does everyone think they can write a book these days?

    That’s all I got on that one.

    • MsCatra says:

      That bothered me, too. The only thing I could think of was that perhaps she meant “notorious” but is too much of an idiot who thinks she’s a genius to realize her mistake?

      • fancyamazon says:

        You have probably hit the nail on the head. She thinks she is far smarter than she actually is. 🙂

      • Esmom says:

        I thought the same thing…which shows what a crappy publisher she got. Any decent editor would have caught and fixed that.

        Unless they had an interest in making her look bad…

    • lola says:


    • P.J. says:

      Why did she write the book? Money! It’s all about the cash for her…this woman has destroyed Edwards’ life, all in search of a buck.

  9. Viv says:

    That pic with the stuffed toys is beyond scary. Eizabeth, may you rest in peace, no one deserves THIS.

  10. TXCinderella says:

    I can believe that he was with other women. A good looking, self-assured guy with plenty of opportunity to meet women…Rielle better re-think their relationship as John will not be true to her either. Anyone who would cheat on their dying wife only cares about himself.

  11. Julie says:

    that haircut could have been used in Rock of Ages.

    i dont want to get mad thats why i just say that the cuddling picture is cute.

    • Esmom says:

      I know, her ‘do is outrageously awful and dated.

      • gg says:

        I can’t stand the woman but there is absolutely nothing wrong with her hair. Have no clue what you are talking about!

  12. lassie says:

    “We were in love, and his wife was an icy bitch, so what we did is ok…”


    “Ok, how about, he’s the bad guy because he has multiple affairs and I was caught up in his alphamaleness.”

    Try another angle, so America will like you Rielle. There’s trash and then there’s trash…

    • kit says:

      The way she talks about Elizabeth makes me sick to my stomach, but it does show that her and ‘Johnny’ are birds of a feather. No shame whatsoever.

  13. Jayna says:

    Someone please explain to me why John would condone her last two interviews and now this book. Forget the affair. The interviews and book were/are so disrespectful to his wife of over 20 years who suffered so much already with terminal cancer and the pain of this affair with a child.

    This woman is disgusting. Why would he want her to admit to all his affairs in the book? Why is he still with this woman? Maybe just waiting until after his
    trial to dump her.

    The way she insists on calling him Johnny, a name no one has ever called him, for some reason is like nails on a chaulkboard to me. It is her way to tell everyone I am different. Narcissistic bitch.

  14. Dibba says:

    She’s obviously mentally ill

  15. fabgrrl says:

    Reille spent her 20s doing blow.
    That would have been the 1980s. Wasn’t every young, well-heeled, person in New York doing blow in the 80s?

    John told her that he had other affairs
    And this is the man you chose for your child’s father.

    a “small Dallas-based company called Ben Bella” to publish it – my guess is that the publisher has Republican ties
    I’d guess it’s a vanity publisher.

  16. DorothyZbornak says:

    What an unfortunate haircut to have for your big memoir cover.

  17. sans says:

    I no one else going to mention how hilarious it is when she suggests that her years of cocaine use were “stupid” and might even be “criminal”? Yes, Rielle, using cocaine is most certainly criminal, what with it being an actual crime and all.

    • Blue says:

      Lol that’s exactly what I said when I read that part. She is so dumb.

    • tracking says:

      That, and the ALLEGED John Edwards. My eyes rolled so hard I’m still trying to unstick them. I’m always a little surprised by how dumb men can be though. A “you’re hot” from a dumb bunny is all it took?

    • Izzy says:

      +1!!! I was thinking EXACTLY this as I read the excerpt above. So, now let us add “stupid as the day is long” to our growing list of adjectives used to describe this waste of human life called Rielle Hunter. Or, in my language, “beeyotch-faced ho-bag homewrecker.” (Seriously, even if a couple is having problems, it still doesn’t make adultery OK. Or am I just way too old-fashioned now?)

    • mewmow says:

      Lmao 🙂 Sans

  18. MollyB says:

    So, forgive me if this is a stupid question, but are they still romantically involved? I get the impression that they are not but then you read some articles that seem to imply they are.

    • Aubra says:

      I bet he still gets in some “maintenance tapping” in with her every now and then, but probably not a real couple…

  19. Sapphire says:

    I kinda doubt Edwards, although a scum of epic proportions, was screwing around during his first run or even close in time. The Republicans did major search and destroy on him and couldn’t find a thing.
    Just another delusion

    • bluhare says:

      Actually, I do think he was screwing around. First time I saw John and Elizabeth together, I turned to my husband and said he was screwing around. I just knew. Frat boy guy with older, overweight wife? Sorry, people, but I’ve been around enough men like him that I’d have lost a big bet if he did actually turn out to be faithful to Elizabeth. I feel for her.

      • Esmom says:

        I always thought Elizabeth looked more like his mother than his wife. Much dysfunction all around, I think.

      • LL2 says:

        Co-sign Bluhare I did wonder about that as well. I couldn’t see a pretty boy like Edwards preferring to be with a woman that looked like Elizabeth especially if he had access to other women(not that she is unattractive, but I felt he would go for a woman that fit a more conventional view of attractiveness, there are always exceptions of course). I have seen wedding pictures of Elizabeth and she was very slender, so I don’t think that Edwards preferred larger women. He is still a jerk for what he did though.

  20. Agnes says:

    Both her and John are such trash.

  21. TG says:

    I can believe he was having affairs and that Elizabeth either knew about them or turned a blind eye. It seems very common for men in positions of power to be doing those kinds of things and the wife is a fool if she doesn’t know about them. I usually think that both parties stay together for the sake of the kids and the comfortable life they have. The problem is this creature broke the code and got pregnant. We haven’t heard about the other women so they must know how to keep their secrets. He got played by an insecure woman. I will never understand why politicians can’t find professionals who know how to keep their mouth shut.

    • Sassy says:

      I recommend reading Elizabeth Edward’s book where she reveals how she found out about Rielle. Her book “Resiliance” gives a view of Elizabeth’s side of the story.

  22. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    Jesse James would be a good hook up mate for Rielle.

  23. G says:

    I having a feeling that out of the three of them, there are no saints.

    Sound like this marriage ended long ago and they stayed together for their political careers.

    Why any one them feel the need to air this in public is a mystery.

  24. G says:

    “I bet the publisher has Republican ties”?! Oh really so how do you figure that one? Google and two clicks show that Associated Press (Associated Papers LTD) is actually who bought it and they are HARDLY a Republican outlet. I doubt educated minds of any party would bother buying and reading such mindless delusional drivel. So save the ignorant and imature swipes to the right. This is the face of the DEMOCRAT party boo boo and the least of Republican worries.

    • stinky says:

      (it wasnt out of line… just a speculative comment …)

    • Bodhi says:

      Wait what? Who is the face of the Democrats? Surely you can’t mean either John or Rielle.

    • Evyn says:

      Yeah, cuz Newt and Callista Gingrich are the face of the REPUBLICAN party.

      • G says:

        Oh that’s right I forgot that Newt cheated on his dying wife while funneling campaign donations to his mistress…oh wait. Typical to bring up or falsely blame the publishers “alleged” party affiliation when a Democrat is the one doing the dirt. Look! Something shiny! LOL!! I’m just pointing out that it was unnecessary and rather lame to say the publisher probably has “Republican ties” without checking. A Republican didn’t do this to him. It was his poor decisions and he alone did it to himself. And no he’s not the face of the Dem Party per say…like Anthony Weiner..no wait…Bill Clinton…oh no how about Edward Kennedy, Jesse Jackson, Barney Frank, Eliot Spitzer, John Murtha…shall I go on or are all these scandals the fault of Republicans as well?

    • Freya says:

      Every time I saw one of ‘those’ pictures of Anthony Weiner, I had to look away immediately. Too embarrassing!

  25. EmmaStoneWannabe says:

    Too little too late. This would have been relevant 5,6 years ago.

  26. k says:

    I was no fan of Elizabeth’s but my God, woman, STFU. The world has had enough of you and Edwards.

  27. Gigohead says:

    Let me get my venom directed at those who really made this possible – talent agents! Some snake broached this narcissistic delusional woman and said let’s make a quick buck — lets get your book sold. Please!! NO ONE WANTS this woman’s book or cares about her story.

  28. garvels says:

    I beg of you celebitchy…please don’t write about this “troll”!!!!!

    I forgive you for writing about the Kartrashians but not this “thing”…Ugh:)

  29. Ford Prefect says:

    I really wish someone would tell her that the past should stay in the past, and that one day her daughter will probably want a relationship with her half-siblings which might not happen because of all of Rielle’s and John’s bullshit.

  30. Jayna says:

    He’s still with her. Probably didn’t want the book written but obviously never laid the law down. I’m sure he read it beforehand. How could heet her do this to Elizabeth? Plus it just makes him look worse. And stupid narcissistic twit can’t even see how reviled even more this makes her. His poor older daughter.

  31. Jayna says:

    What kind of man allows his girlfriend to write a book calling his dead wife a wicked witch on wheels and crazy in the book? What kind of men allows that to be in print for his children to read? He is still with this woman. They were on vacation together. Disgusting, classless. And she talks about her spiritual path. Seriously?

    • garvels says:

      My heart goes out to his eldest daughter Cate, who stood by this $33@*&^%$9 during the trial. This book is just going to tear open old wounds! Unbelievable!

    • Aubra says:

      unfortunately john set the stage for her to come out of pocket like this. what good does checking rielle do when john is main person enabling her behavior and condoning it? he allowed it to get out of control like this. the kids can say what they want but IMO that won’t change rielle’s sense of entitlement. she got that from john talking ish about his dying wife and putting her on a pedestal. if john don’t give a f–k why would/should she?

  32. Katie says:

    Her hair looks like something heather locklear would have worn on the original melrose place and that picture of her in a button down on her child’s bed is disgusting.

  33. Jane says:

    Why would anyone want to buy this book unless the proceeds went to John’s children by Elizabeth. How dare she write about a woman who is no deceased and who fought for her family. Honor her memory by not buying this book.

    • Cara says:

      Elizabeth was a lunatic. Fact. Whatever you think of John, you people have no clue what the facts are.

  34. Jill says:

    What a wh-re! Does problems in someone’s marriage justify sleeping with them? He was still married for crying out loud. He is a dirtbag but she went along with it. I am sure she can use her unsold books as timber.

  35. Evyn says:

    To G:
    Who said the scandal was the Republican’s fault? There’s your shiny object. You are so eager to wave your “persecution flag” that you didn’t read
    that “there was no evidence and the Reps
    don’t need to promote this story anyway.” Meaning, everyone knows this story, ad nauseum. So, lower that flag. We know whose to blame in adultery. Just ask McCain, Sanford, Reagan, Cain…

  36. jc126 says:

    Delusional (blank).

  37. lucy2 says:

    I can’t even read it, as soon as I see her, I just think “Ugh, this bitch”. And can I petition to NEVER see that stuffed animal photo again?

  38. the original bellaluna says:

    And this is supposed to surprise me HOW?

  39. mewmow says:

    Wait, wait, wait. John Edwards screwed around on Rielle? I am shocked! 😉 She is such an idiot and he is a slime. His poor kids! 🙁

  40. Cowjam says:

    I see that she used some of Bunny Mellon’s campaign contributions intended for the Two Americas to get her Bozo nose and the rest of her ugly mug fixed.

    I don’t normally use such vitriolic language. I despise this vile waste of protoplasm.

    • Cara says:

      Actually, Andrew Young and his idiot wife used most of Bunny’s money on themselves and their lavish new home.
      I hate when people drink the Koolaid without knowing what’s in it.

  41. Cara says:

    Hate to break it to you bashers… Elizabeth was a b!tch long before Rielle came into the picture. Fact.
    Further, I wonder how many of you hypocrites have been in the same situation, albeit not in such a public way.