After two years of silence, Rielle Hunter fires back(Read article summary)
John Edwards' former mistress shares her side of the affair - and some skin - in a "doozy" of an interview with GQ.
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Readers got a second-hand earful about Rielle Hunter in two recent books. Now, the woman best known for bearing the child of former presidential candidate John Edwards has shared her side of the story â€“ or, at least, 10,000 words worth of it. As the Washington Post put it, â€śitâ€™s a doozy.â€ť
The Post ran glamour-girl photos and quotes from an interview Hunter gave to GQ magazine, where she presents a counterpoint to â€śThe Politician,â€ť by campaign aide Andrew Young, and to â€śResilience,â€ť by the candidateâ€™s now-estranged wife, Elizabeth Edwards. The former, as the paper put it, had portrayed Hunter as a â€śloony, needy, loose cannon,â€ť and the latter considered her â€śan aggressive home-wreckerâ€ť.
I personally had preferred Hunterâ€™s two years of â€śquiet dignityâ€ť to the bare-midriffed, bare-legged GQ photos, and yet I did appreciate hearing some words from a woman who has been spoken about so often by others. From a bookkeeping standpoint, though, I found this tidbit from the Post fascinating: The writer who interviewed Hunter for GQ, Lisa DePaulo, had also been briefly hired as a ghostwriter on Youngâ€™s memoir.
â€śThat connection, later severed, was not disclosed in the GQ article,â€ť The Post said. â€śDePaulo told us she signed a confidentiality agreement with Young, which prevented her from discussing the work they'd done -- all of which, she said, was separate from her work with Hunter, whom she first approached via mutual friends in December, six months after her last contact with Young.â€ť
Nothing is ever as straightforward as it looks in the world of politics and scandal. At this point, I wouldnâ€™t even bet on whether Hunter will be moving forward with a memoir of her own.
Rebekah Denn blogs at eatallaboutit.com.