photo of Rielle Hunter by Mark Seliger for GQ
I'm past caring that John Edwards cheated on his wife who was dying of cancer while he was running for President of the United States, fathered a child out of wedlock, denied it publicly and had a friend cover-up for him, all the while a sex tape was lurking in the background.
But the news that Rielle Hunter had finally gone public in a magazine interview with GQ, complete with provocative full-color photos, was too much to ignore, a gaper's block on the freeway.
According to Barbara Walters, who disclosed Monday morning on ABC's The View that she'd chatted privately with Rielle Hunter, Edwards' former mistress is said to be '"repulsed" by some of the photos GQ used in their spread and "cried for two hours" after seeing them.
The photos in question, which were taken by photographer Mark Seliger for GQ, involve Hunter lounging around in a man's shirt with no pants. . .surrounded by Kermit the Frog, Barney and Dora the Explorer.
To which we must say, huh?
This is the woman who said John Edwards should drop out of the presidential race because his astrological sign didn't favor it.
Never mind he was married, or cheating on a wife dying of cancer.
Hunter is said to have told GQ she liked the article but not the photos, which she posed for at the time, apparently willingly.
According to the article by Lisa DePaulo, "Hello, America, My Name is Rielle Hunter," Edwards' former mistress, 45, reveals that Elizabeth Edwards found out about their affair by seeing a phone number on her husband's cell phone, which she dialed.
(It seems to me this was also the end of Tiger Woods' happy run through the jungle--the tell-tale cell phone trail.)
Rielle answered with a sexy, "Hi, baby," which sealed the deal.
She also discloses in the article that Edwards urged her to get an abortion, and said that falling in love with her could "really f*** up (his) plans to become president." Hunter says they spent the night together the first day they met, February 21, 2006, at New York's Regency Hotel.
Hunter was employed by the Edwards campaign to follow the candidate around as a videographer. She knows the impact of the photos, of the spoken word, of every decision.
And she doesn't want that story, with those photos, out there now?
Edwards couldn't sink much lower in public estimation, and for many of us, we breathe a collective sigh of relief at having dodged that particular bullet.
All I can say is, apparently, they deserve each other.
On the Web:
More Rielle Hunter - GQ
Rielle Hunter Photo Shoot - CNN (video)