Rielle Hunter Apologizes For Affair with John Edwards, Book Exposing Relationship
"In Hindsight, What Really Happened: The Revised Edition" annotates her 2012 best-seller with apologies, corrections and notes of contrition.
Rielle Hunter, best known for her affair with North Carolina Senator John Edwards that destroyed his marriage and his political career but produced a daughter, is apologizing for her earlier book that revealed intimate details of their relationship.
In Hindsight, What Really Happened: The Revised Edition: John Edwards, Our Daughter and Me is an e-book out today that sets the record straight and apologizes for both her behavior and her decision to write about it.
Hunter takes the interesting tack of annotating her previous best-seller, 2012's What Really Happened: John Edward, Our Daughter and Me.
For example the opening sentence of the original book read, "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."
In the revised version, Hunters adds this in bold: "<I feel now that one of the stupidest things I have done (lately) is publishing this book when I was still so hurt and publishing it before John Edwards read it.>"
Hunter outlined her reasons for doing the revision and previewed the new book in an essay at the Huffington Post.
Hunter writes: "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. I am very sorry for my wrong, selfish behavior. 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."
She goes on to add, "And then instead of apologizing when I should have, I went on to hurt more people by writing a book. I truly did not realize at that time how damaged I was and because of that, when I wrote my book I made more mistakes, ones I feel horrible about."
Hunter and Edwards, the 2004 Democratic vice presidential nominee, began an affair in 2006 with videographer Hunter.
Their daughter, Quinn, was born in February 2008. Hunter first claimed the father was Edwards aide Andrew Young, but news of the affair ended Edwards' political career.
Finally in 2010, Edwards admitted he was the father of the child. Elizabeth Edwards announced her intention to divorce him but died in December 2010 of cancer before it could be finalized.
In Hindsight, What Really Happened is available now in e-book format from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other digital booksellers.