Someone told Rielle Hunter, the former mistress of John Edwards and the mother of their 4-year-old daughter, that we really wanted to hear her side of things. Perhaps how she pursued a married politician running for President of the United States? Or that she knew his wife was battling Stage Four cancer and she decided it was fun to go after him anyway? Or that there is any excuses she can give that we’d care to hear? Well, whoever lied to her, she is now convinced that we will buy this book that she has written. And her publisher calls it in their press release “a revealing memoir hitting the shelves later this month.”
What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter, and Me is being billed as a tell-all about the events behind the dramatic downfall of Edwards, whose political corruption trial ended Thursday with an acquittal on one charge and a mistrial on others.
“We are delighted to publish Rielle Hunter’s memoir. A lot has been said. But no one has heard the truth of what really happened until now,” Glenn Yeffeth, publisher of BenBella Books said on Friday to PEOPLE magazine.
RoseMarie Terenzio, Hunter’s rep, also confirmed the book will be out June 26.
Hunter gave a lengthy interview in 2010 to GQ, describing her affair with Edwards from the “magnetic force field” of their first night together to their uncertain future as ex-lovers and co-parents of a young daughter.
“I know he loves me,” Hunter told the magazine. “I have never had any doubt at all about that. We love each other very much. And that hasn’t changed, and I believe that will be till death do us part. The love doesn’t go away. It’s unconditional.”
Edwards went on trial in federal court on charges of illegally using nearly $1 million in unreported campaign contributions to hide Hunter during his 2008 bid for the White House. At the time, Hunter was pregnant and Edwards’s wife, Elizabeth, was battling breast cancer, which later took her life.
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