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John Edwards's Daughter: Our Lives Were 'Savaged' | Elizabeth Edwards

John Edwards's Daughter: Our Lives Were 'Savaged'

Originally posted 06/25/2010 01:50PM

Elizabeth Edwards – and, for the first time, daughter Cate – are opening up about John Edwards's infidelity and the breakup of the marriage.

In PEOPLE's edition next week, Cate, 28, who lives in Washington and clerks for a federal judge, and her mother talk candidly about their relationships with John now, Elizabeth’s cancer and other issues.

"There are the things she taught without words," Cate writes about her mother in a bonus essay for PEOPLE. Like, "how to continue to live your life on your own terms when it somehow becomes savaged by people you never invited into it."

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Marriage Betrayal: When Apologies Do (and Don't) Cut It | Jesse James, Sandra Bullock

Marriage Betrayal: When Apologies Do (and Don't) Cut It

Originally posted 04/29/2010 05:15PM

The lying, the cheating and then the apologizing. Can words measure up to harmful actions?

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John Edwards's Mistress Says She's No Home-Wrecker

John Edwards's Mistress Says She's No Home-Wrecker

Originally posted 04/29/2010 02:00PM

John Edwards’s former mistress Rielle Hunter contends that she is not to blame for the demise of the politician's marriage to Elizabeth Edwards and that the couple had problems for "many years" before she entered the picture.

"I do not believe I wrecked his home," Hunter, who has a child with Edwards, says on The Oprah Winfrey Show Thursday.

She says people who call her a fame-seeker or home-wrecker "bought into the myth of the [Edwards] marriage, [that] it was so perfect and it was so wonderful and I destroyed it," she says.


Hunter knew Edwards was a married father before the affair started, but says she couldn’t stop herself. "The power of the love does override all the issues that come up," she says. "He wanted to be with me and their marriage had problems for many years." Hunter also claims John Edwards knew she wasn’t using birth control during their affair and never asked her to terminate the pregnancy.

But she refuses to reveal the current status of her relationship with the one-time presidential candidate, telling Oprah Winfrey that the information is private.

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Elizabeth Edwards 'Disgusted' by Rielle Hunter's Photos but Has Moved On

Elizabeth Edwards 'Disgusted' by Rielle Hunter's Photos but Has Moved On

Originally posted 03/18/2010 07:35AM

Jaws dropped nationwide when Rielle Hunter's provocative photo shoot and interview with GQ hit the Web Monday morning. But what did Elizabeth Edwards think when she saw it?

"She was disgusted by the photos like everyone. But she moved on pretty quickly," a source close to her admits to PEOPLE in the issue set to hit newsstands Friday.

Determined to tune out the scandal and create a new life for herself, Elizabeth has taken up painting, is writing a new chapter for the summer release of the paperback edition of her 2009 Resilience, and is organizing a mother-daughter book club for her and Emma Claire, 11, her sister, Nancy Anania, tells PEOPLE. "She seems to be happy and at peace."

Moving on. That's also what John Edwards, her estranged husband and "Johnny" to former mistress Hunter, is trying to do, says a close friend of his.

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Rielle Hunter: I Will Love John Edwards 'Till Death Do Us Part'

Rielle Hunter: I Will Love John Edwards 'Till Death Do Us Part'

Originally posted 03/15/2010 09:25AM

John Edwards's former mistress, Rielle Hunter, has broken her years-long silence about their relationship, describing the entire arc of their affair from the "magnetic force field" of their first night together to their uncertain future as ex-lovers and co-parents of a young daughter.

"I know he loves me," Hunter, 45, tells GQ in a lengthy new interview. "I have never had any doubt at all about that. We love each other very much. And that hasn't changed, and I believe that will be till death do us part. The love doesn't go away. It's unconditional."

That love began on the night she met Edwards, 56 – and first slept with him – in February 2006. "I had never experienced anything like what was flowing between us. I sat on the other side of the room. I wouldn't go near him," she says. "It was just this, this magnetic force field like I had never experienced. It terrified me. Absolutely terrified me."

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Elizabeth Edwards's Sister Speaks out on Sex Tape | John Edwards

Elizabeth Edwards's Sister Speaks out on Sex Tape

Originally posted 03/10/2010 01:20PM

With former John Edwards's aide – and controversial The Politician author – Andrew Young facing possible jail time at the end of this week, Elizabeth Edwards's sister, Nancy Anania, sounded a note of vindication when she told PEOPLE that a contempt-of-court finding against Young was "inevitable."

"People who have read his book know he was willing to lie for years before the book was written," says Anania. "It would naturally follow he is willing to lie after the book was written."

Young, whose recently published (and best-selling) book paints an especially ruthless caricature of Anania's older sister – and Edwards's now-estranged wife – Elizabeth, has until Friday to avoid 75 days in jail for allegedly lying in sworn statements about a sex tape purportedly of John Edwards and his former mistress, campaign worker Rielle Hunter, who is the mother of the 2004 Democratic presidential candidate's love child.

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John Edwards Denies Proposing to Rielle Hunter

John Edwards Denies Proposing to Rielle Hunter

Originally posted 02/10/2010 04:05PM

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.

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John Edwards's Ex-Aide: Sex Tape Is Somewhere 'Safe' | John Edwards

John Edwards's Ex-Aide: Sex Tape Is Somewhere 'Safe'

Originally posted 01/30/2010 11:55AM

Andrew Young, the ex-aide to embattled two-time former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, says he has an alleged sex tape depicting the former senator and his then-mistress Rielle Hunter – and that the tape is in a safe-deposit box.

"We were offered millions for that stupid tape," he tells PEOPLE. He says he and his wife Cheri found the tape in "a box of trash filled with crinkled paper and tapes" left behind by Hunter. He says they never considered selling it: "We couldn't live with ourselves."

Young, 43, served as an aide to Edwards for more than nine years. Just before the 2008 presidential primaries began, he agreed – at Edwards' behest, he says – to publicly claim paternity for the baby being carried by Hunter, 45. Young details the deception in his new tell-all book, The Politician, out today.

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John Edwards: I Still Care Deeply About Elizabeth

UpdatePosted 01/27/2010 07:55PM

John Edwards: I Still Care Deeply About Elizabeth

Originally posted 01/27/2010 06:55PM

John Edwards spoke out Wednesday in response to a PEOPLE report he and wife Elizabeth quietly separated before his admission he fathered a love child.

“It is an extraordinarily sad moment, but I love my children more than anything and still care deeply about Elizabeth," the former two-time Democratic presidential candidate says in a statement.

In a cover story on newsstands Friday, PEOPLE reports that last December, in a mediated visit in a North Carolina hotel, Elizabeth met the 23-month-old baby whom John had fathered with a mistress.

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Elizabeth Edwards's Breaking Point

Elizabeth Edwards's Breaking Point

Originally posted 01/27/2010 02:00PM

After meeting the love child that rocked her 32-year marriage to one-time presidential candidate John Edwards, Elizabeth Edwards has had enough.

"She said, 'I've had it. I can't do this. I want my life back,' " her sister, Nancy Anania, tells PEOPLE in the latest cover story. Last December, Elizabeth met the 23-month-old Frances Quinn Hunter – the baby John fathered with mistress Rielle Hunter – in a mediated visit at a North Carolina hotel.

The couple now occupy separate residences; she in their Chapel Hill mansion, while he divides time between an annex they call "the barn" and their beach house 160 miles away. Elizabeth, who is still undergoing cancer treatment, has had divorce papers at the ready for a year. Whether or not she files likely depends on her health, a source says.

For more of the Edwards drama, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

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