New York, April 29 (ANI): Former actress Rielle Hunter has opened up to talk show host Oprah Winfrey about the affair she had with ex-Presidential candidate John Edwards.
Hunter, 46, who had a child from Edwards, 56, revealed that he did not tell his wife Elizabeth, the full story about his affair with her, and that those who were really close to him did not want him to speak out.
“Everyone who was close to – well, who knew all the facts and knew the truth said, please don”t do that interview. Please don”t do that interview,” the New York Daily News quoted Hunter as telling Winfrey in an interview.
“Elizabeth really wanted him to do that interview. She wanted him to say, you know, you”ve got to get out in front of it. You”ve got to, you know, say the truth and speak the truth.
“And she didn”t know the truth. So it”s like you can”t do the interview and not speak the whole truth,” she told Winfrey.
In 2008, Edwards had told ABC”s Bob Woodruff he cheated on his wife, but said Hunter”s child was not his, and that he couldn”t be the father based on the timing of the baby”s birth.
At the time close aide, Andrew Young, had been fingered as the dad.
Edwards eventually admitted to paternity of the child after Young wrote a book detailing the scandal. Young also revealed the existence of a sex tape starring Edwards and Hunter.
Winfrey”s interview with Hunter lands almost a year after Elizabeth Edwards appeared on the popular daytime show to talk about her book and her marriage to Edwards.
Elizabeth told Winfrey then she had “no idea” whether her husband was a new dad at the time.
“So you just said she didn”t know the truth. She knew that there was the affair?” Winfrey asked Hunter.
“She didn”t know until after the interview,” Hunter said.
“He came clean with her after that interview,” she added. (ANI)