Rielle Hunter is opening up — so to speak — to GQ about her affair with former vice presidential candidate John (she calls him Johnny) Edwards, a relationship that destroyed his political career and his marriage.
]]>On their chemistry: “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 … There was sooo much attraction and sooo much…I want to say love, but it wasn’t love at that point … it was just this, this magnetic force field like I had never experienced. It terrified me.”
On his infidelity: “First of all, infidelity doesn’t happen in healthy marriages. The break in the marriage happens before the infidelity. And that break happened, you know, two and a half decades before I got there. So the home was wrecked already. I was not the Home Wrecker.”
On the wrath of Elizabeth: “I believe what happened in his marriage is, he could not go to his wife and say, ‘We have an issue.’ Because he would be pummeled … Most of his mistakes or errors in judgment were because of his fear of the wrath of Elizabeth.”
On the hush money: “Johnny had no idea what he (his aide) was up to, nor did he ask him to do it. The dynamic was: Andrew always taking care of things without telling Johnny or anyone else what he was doing, and claiming he was doing it ‘On the senator’s behalf.'”
On their first night: “We had an extraordinary night, and I did know that this was unlike anything either of us had ever experienced. And as we have all learned, that was accurate! He in fact did say to me the first night, ‘Falling in love with you could really f*** up my plans for becoming President.'”
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