UPDATE, 8:13p: Here are web extras from the GQ Hunter interview.
1:51p: GQ has published a long interview with Rielle Hunter in its April issue, her 1st ever about her affair with "Johnny" Edwards.
If this is the sort of story that piques your interest - and I confess this was right up my alley, I'd recommend pouring yourself a cup of coffee and printing out the 13-pg piece mini-tome to read in the comfort of your favorite easy chair. Otherwise you'll get a headache from computer eye strain.
And if you are a pop culture/political dirt junkie like me, reading the interview will be worth your while. Hunter has quite a provocative way of thinking about things. She's a new age flake but an intriguing one. She mixes just enough sound theology to make what she says sound wise - in spots. It is easy to see how Hunter would entice someone like Edwards, and a lot of men really, IMO.
But for those repulsed by this sort of tabloid drama, I'll post the abortion-not-abortion part of the piece. This will give you a good sample of my aforementioned analysis of the entire interview....
Hunter is right, for instance, that despite the circumstance of a child's conception, God views the amazing person who will result from this once-in-all-of-eternity meeting of particular egg and sperm and delights immediately in that "product of conception" and his or her unique place in history. Hunter called this "divine timing" but seemed to imply there were reincarnate forces at work.
But Hunter strangely doesn't get the ramifications of Edwards' wish for her to abort. At one point she seems to say he never really asked her to and in another seems to say he did, but she refused. With all of Hunter's concern that her child love her "Da-da," does she not know someday Quinn will read all this?
Ah well, here are the relevant passages....
Interviewer: ... The child is gorgeous and, yes, looks exactly like John Edwards, but she also has her mother's spirit. Which is to say, a combination of serenity and spunk....
Interviewer: So Elizabeth's cancer comes back in March. When do you think you got pregnant?
Hunter: Quinn was conceived in May, and I knew in July.
Interviewer: And on July 30, John and Elizabeth renewed their wedding vows. What was that like for you?
Hunter: Um... it was challenging. When you're in love with someone who takes actions that go against your belief system, it's extremely challenging to continue loving, instead of becoming righteous and judgmental. But see, I believed, and believe, that what I see in him is there and correct. He's a good man and he will figure it out. And he has and is figuring it out....
Interviewer: What was your reaction when you found out you were pregnant?
Hunter: I was shocked. I was 43 years old, you know, and pregnant? And I had never been pregnant in my life. Didn't think I could get pregnant.
Interviewer: And how did you tell him?
Hunter: He already knew. Because I felt different. He suspected I was pregnant. And I kept thinking I wasn't. But he felt that I was. And so when I told him on the phone, he wasn't shocked. It was just the official "Yeah, I am."
Edwards: And what was his reaction?
Hunter: He was always very gracious about it. And always said that he would support whatever decision I made. But I believe on some level he was hoping I would get an abortion. Because he didn't - he wasn't happy about the timing. Which is understandable. [laughs] He was married and running for president. And I find it interesting that my daughter thought that would be a good time to come into the world. That daddy was running for president and married to someone else. "Gee, I think now's the perfect time." There's something to be said for divine timing.
Interviewer: So first you were shocked, but what was the next feeling?
Hunter: Oh, complete happiness. Because I felt with all of my being that I needed to bring this little child into the world. That I was blessed. And it just happened to me. And I love her daddy. She was conceived in love. She is a love child.
Interviewer: So he was gracious, really? There were no fights about it?
Hunter: No, there were no fights. He was very gracious, but I always felt the underlying discontent in his graciousness. I remember one time in Miami - or was it Orlando? [laughs] I traveled a lot to see him. But he said to me, he was like, "There's just nothing I can say to make you change your mind about this." and I said, "Nope." he said, "Guess I'm just gonna have to accept it." very teasing and sweet.
Hunter: Yeah. And I just felt like Quinnie needed to come into the world and this wasn't our timing, this was divine timing and he needed to get on board. And figure that one out. And it's interesting, because it's not over yet. That's the other thing. Everyone has such judgments about "He's lost everything." But you know, life isn't over. He's gone through an amazing transformation. And who knows what's gonna happen....
Interviewer: Tell me what he's like as a father.
Hunter: Um... he's sweet. He's very loving.
Interviewer: And does she call him daddy?
Hunter: She calls him Da-da.
Interviewer: And she's now just starting to talk, so do you talk about daddy? I saw you have a picture of him in her room.
Hunter: She's always known who Da-da is. Yeah. She's never had Da-da missing from her life.
Interviewer: Do you feel that he'll do the right thing in terms of supporting Quinn?
Hunter: He is doing the right thing. And he's a great father. Once Johnny and Elizabeth separated, we were able to move forward quite quickly. And it has to do with him not hiding in order to see his daughter. He very much wants to be in her life full-time, and he doesn't want to hide.
Interviewer: So what was he like when you went through your pregnancy, while he was campaigning for president?
Hunter: Oh, he was - he is so loving. I remember the day I found out it was a girl. He was thrilled about that. He thought that was very cool.
Interviewer: And when you gave birth - I know it was an emergency C-section - what was he like?
Hunter: Johnny called me in recovery, and we spoke all night on the phone from the hospital. He went through the whole process with me.
Interviewer: And how did you name her?
Hunter: Well, her name is Frances Quinn Hunter, and I love the name Frances. Johnny wasn't over the moon about Frances. So I was coming up with names, and Quinn is a name that I loved, and that was the only name that he thought was cool. And so I named her Quinn because Daddy really liked it.
When you're in love with someone who takes actions that go against your belief system, it's extremely challenging to continue loving, instead of becoming righteous and judgmental. But see, I believed, and believe, that what I see in him is there and correct. He's a good man and he will figure it out. And he has and is figuring it out....
And what belief system would *that* be? One that thinks adultery is noble, as long as you *love* each other? Wow. And now, by leaving his wife, he is doing the "right thing?" It never ceases to amaze me how these mistresses always think they are so indispensable and that the cheating louse really *loves* them (and would, of course, NEVER cheat on them). Wishful thinking at best.
The only good thing to come out of the Edwards saga, in my opinion, is that this little girl has a chance at life.Posted by: Kel at March 15, 2010 2:21 PM
Aside from the belly shot, that is a sweet picture of her and her daughter.Posted by: Peg at March 15, 2010 2:33 PM
I read things like this portion of the GQ interview and all I can see there is, basically, the Jezebel spirit manifest. Nothing "sweet" about it. At least all this publicity gets people praying for innocent little Frances Quinn.Posted by: Amy 1 at March 15, 2010 2:55 PM
I can't believe that she's using a child to get publicity. I hope that sweet Quinn can grow up avoiding the crap that her scum-of-parents have caused.Posted by: Vannah at March 15, 2010 3:12 PM
I was thinking the exact same thing, Kel. What "belief system" do you go by that says it's ok to have an affair with a married man?Posted by: Pamela at March 15, 2010 3:38 PM
This story about Edward's mistress just flashed across the local news. However, obama is here in Strongsville,ohio [sorry my capital o and l aren't working] today, so that took the spotlight. Tons of people lined the streets objecting to his healthcare bill. The bill that he promises to pass within the next few months anyway. That motorcade flew past those people!!!Posted by: Heather at March 15, 2010 4:16 PM
Even with her babe in her arms the picture has to be provocative???Posted by: carla at March 15, 2010 4:20 PM
You have to give credit where credit it due.
Whatever her motivation, the blonde bimbo did not choose to 'CHOICE' her child.
That being said the 'cadet' with an abundance of empty space between her ears is already pimping her infant daughter in exchange for 'face time' in the media.
The bobbling headed babe probably used the rhythm method and fertility drugs to enhance her probabilities of conceiving and you can be sure both she and the sperm donor each have their own separate vested interests in established his paternity.
The little girl is fortunate her sire is a celebrity with deep pockets and as yet unfilled expectations and unsatisfied political ambitions.
Live children qualify the delivering female for continued child support and perhaps even alimony.
A man who still wants to be president cannot be portrayed as a 'dead beat dad'. It just will not fly with the old guard feminazis and the avant-garde feministas.
The little girl is the beneficiary of multiple incidents of random chance or a loving God who just happens to enjoy poking holes in the over inflated egos of self indulgent sperm donors.
yor bro kenPosted by: kbhvac at March 15, 2010 5:20 PM
If John Edwards really cared about his daughter he would be petioning the courts to appoint a 'guardian ad litem' to protect his daughter's interests from the bimbo and from him.
yor bro kenPosted by: kbhvac at March 15, 2010 5:26 PM
I became pregnant in my early 20s. My boyfriend threw the money on the table and said, "Get rid of it" (he proclaimed to be pro-life before this). After I finally left him, 10 years later, he told our son that I wanted to abort him.
There a VERY IMPORTANT reasons to wait for marriage and for respecting other people's marriage commitment. These reasons are called children.Posted by: Praxedes at March 15, 2010 5:26 PM
She looks a bit like Gennifer Flowers here. Gennifer had a long affair with Clinton and went along with an abortion that Clinton wanted her to have. Edwards also wanted Hunter to abort. I'm glad she didn't. It's just 2 examples of typical selfish pro-abort men. once the thrill of the chase is over, you had better get rid of the product of the affair [the baby] and in due time, he's going to get rid of you too ladies.Posted by: Heather at March 15, 2010 6:38 PM
Is this why men believe it is OK to kill babies? It must be so they can have the affair and not face responsibility. I can tell you that most women who find themselves unexpectantly pregnant would rather have the father face up to the responsibility and become a loving supportive husband to her and a devoted father to her baby.Posted by: Mary at March 15, 2010 8:32 PM
this woman TOTALLY disgusting./
yeah, she didn't abort her baby.
I really can't write what I think of both Hunter and John Edwards. I will have to go to confession.
oh and I just love how Hunter ALWAYS portrays herself as a victim:Posted by: angel at March 15, 2010 9:45 PM