Elizabeth Edwards: “I Cried And Screamed, I Went To The Bathroom And Threw Up”

Posted by | April 30, 2009 11:41 | Filed under: Top Stories

After former Senator John Edwards told his wife of his affair, which was a year before it became public, Elizabeth Edwards went to the bathroom and threw up. In her new book, Resilience, due out May 12, Edwards talks of publicly standing by her husband’s side, even as he initially lied to her about the affair he was having with Rielle Hunter.

Edwards says he shouldn’t have run for president, as she knew all along this would come out, and she was correct that when it did become public, her husband’s political career was over.


Hunter initially seduced Edwards using a worn come-on line, Elizabeth writes:


“You are so hot,” Hunter told him outside a swank New York hotel. The campaign ultimately paid Hunter $114,000 to produce a batch of short films on his candidacy.


She lashes out at Hunter, now 45, whose name she never actually uses in the book, as a parasitic groupie who invaded the Edwardses’ life.


Her own life may be tragic, she concludes, but Hunter’s is “pathetic.”

Even when Edwards confessed to his wife, he lied, claiming he had slipped up just once, Elizabeth writes. His original version of the story “left most of the truth out,” she writes.


While Elizabeth still hasn’t fully come to terms with her man’s roaming, the memoir is laced with a powerful dose of forgiveness.


“I lie in bed, circles under my eyes, my sparse hair sticking in too many directions, and he looks at me as if I am the most beautiful woman he has ever seen. It matters,” she writes.


Elizabeth Edwards has a remarkable ability to forgive.  And, in John Edwards, America lost a potentially wonderful public servant.

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