Rielle Hunter finally apologizes for affair with John Edwards

Oct 15, 2013 at 5:20 p.m. ET

In a surprise move, Rielle Hunter publicly apologizes for her lack of judgment with her affair with John Edwards. She finally realized she made a big mistake.


Some lessons take longer to learn than others. For Rielle Hunter, it took seven years for her to apologize publicly for her affair with John Edwards while he was running for president in 2006.

In a column on Tuesday in the Huffington Post, the 49-year-old wrote a piece titled "I, Rielle Hunter, Apologize" which addressed her part in an affair that took down the candidate.

The former campaign worker became pregnant with the politician's child in 2007. Their daughter Francis Quinn was born in February 2008 while Edwards' wife Elizabeth was suffering from breast cancer.

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He did not admit paternity until 2010. Shortly thereafter, his wife legally separated from him before passing away in December 2010 at the age of 61.

With such a tragic tale, the apology from Hunter was unexpected.

She wrote, "I behaved badly. That may seem obvious to you but it's taken me a long time to admit that, even to myself. For years I was so viciously attacked by the media and the world that I felt like a victim. I now realize that the attacks are actually beside the point. The point is: I behaved badly."

Her article was met with support from readers of the online site. Many applauded her courage to speak up and admit her wrongdoings.

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Of course, the mother-of-one does have a new book coming out, so the timing is interesting. In Hindsight, What Really Happened: The Revised Edition: John Edwards, Our Daughter and Me goes back and highlights her mistakes and what she regrets about her actions.

Another important component included in the Huffington Post article was apologizing to Edwards' former wife and kids.

"Back in 2006, I did not think about the scope of my actions, how my falling in love with John Edwards, and acting on that love, could hurt so many people. I hurt Elizabeth and her kids. I hurt her family. I hurt John's family. I hurt people that knew Elizabeth. I hurt people who didn't know Elizabeth but loved her from afar," Hunter revealed.

Hopefully, this is a new chapter for her after a tumultuous seven years.

She concluded, "I am sincerely sorry for my bad behavior, and for hurting anyone. If I hurt you, I am sorry. It was not my intention, I was thoughtless and selfish, and I am sorry."

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