So, Rielle Hunter -- a.k.a. the woman who gave birth to John Edward's love child -- wrote a memoir telling her side of the story.
"What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter, and Me" hits bookshelves Tuesday and Rielle, born Lisa Jo Druck, is now promoting it with interviews. (We know we already said "ugh," but ugghhhh!)
So, now we get to hear all about John cheating on his wife, fathering a kid out of wedlock, and the ensuing cover-up, which led to the collapse of his political career and criminal trial. And, of course, Rielle offers an insightful point of view into a dark tale of American politics - ha! We're kidding on that one. She totally just wrote some catty insider gossip.
Here are the best details, in our opinion, that have come out so far:
- John lied about seeing other women when he met Rielle. He told her that he was seeing three other ladies around the country when they first started hooking up, but admitted years later that was a lie he told to keep her from getting "too attached." (Good job on that, John).
- He'd totally had mistresses before her. Rielle was not John's first women on the side. "Johnny didn't do anything out of character," Rielle writes in her book. "He has a long history of lying about one thing only -- women -- and I mistakenly thought I was different." (She also calls John "Johnny." Ugh.)
- She really didn't like Elizabeth Edwards. According to Rielle, the late Elizabeth Edwards would pretend to be a saint, but was really a "witch on wheels" who would yell at "Johnny" and fire people at the drop of a hat.
- She didn't get a million dollars and rents her house. The Federal Government charged John with breaking campaign finance law by illegally collecting up to a million dollars from donors to cover up his affair with Rielle and their daughter. But, she didn't see any money like that, writing: "I have stood in the kitchen of my little rental house and screamed in frustration more that once: 'Where is my million dollars? You are going to send Johnny to jail for money that I never even got? That he supposedly solicited for me?'"
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