June 28, 2010

Edwards' Daughter: Our Life Was "Savaged"

Posted: 04:32 PM ET

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By Sandra Sobieraj Westfall

Elizabeth Edwards – and, for the first time, daughter Cate – are opening up about John Edwards's infidelity and the breakup of the marriage.

In PEOPLE's edition next week, Cate, 28, who lives in Washington and clerks for a federal judge, and her mother talk candidly about their relationships with John now, Elizabeth’s cancer and other issues.

"There are the things she taught without words," Cate writes about her mother in a bonus essay for PEOPLE. Like, "how to continue to live your life on your own terms when it somehow becomes savaged by people you never invited into it."

PEOPLE’s extensive interview was Elizabeth’s first in more than a year and her first public comments since several tell-all books and interviews about the former presidential candidate’s affair called Elizabeth’s own character into question earlier this year.

"It’s my story and I’m writing it from here on out – nobody else," Elizabeth says in the interview as the paperback edition of her bestselling book Resilience, is released.

The paperback includes a new chapter reflecting on the worst of the fallout from husband John’s infidelity and on their split at the end of last year.

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Respectfully Begging   June 28th, 2010 5:10 pm ET

I have great respect for Elizabeth Edwards, but I wish she and her daughter would exemplify some of the "grace" she's always talking about and just keep quiet. We all know what happened. We're sick of this story. We have great empathy for Mrs. Edwards and her children, but ENOUGH! Don't give John Edwards and that Hunter woman any more press. Please!

Rick   June 28th, 2010 5:14 pm ET

Read the Rolling Stone Article about John and Elizabeth. There are two sides to every story. I'm not condoning his infidelity, but the Rolling Stone article portrays her as not an easy woman to know, be friends with, or be married to.

patty   June 28th, 2010 5:42 pm ET

so leave her dont have an affair when she is dying. karma, hes a pig anyhow and so is his senior citizen gf, lol

Michele   June 28th, 2010 6:41 pm ET

Read "Game Change"...(that is all I have to say about these people)

Chocolate dogs   June 28th, 2010 7:08 pm ET

You divorce a difficult woman - you don't just cheat on her. Given she had a terminal diagnosis and a cheating husband who lied to her and the whole country while she tried to protect her young children, she deserves the right to be angry sometimes. She was surrounded by people Edwards picked to protect his lies. How would you feel?

Cecile Kazemi   June 28th, 2010 7:26 pm ET

I think @Respectfully Begging says it all. The coverage has been extensive; we've heard all we need to hear of this sad, disappointment story. John has his own demons with which to deal and Elizabeth needs to get on with the business of living graciously and happily for as long as she has to live. None of us – whether we have cancer or not – have the luxury of wallowing in the muck. Life is simply too short.

Jo Ann Zanercik   June 29th, 2010 12:35 am ET

As for daughter Cate – when your father decided to run for "public office" all the American people "were invited into your lives"! I really don't want to hear anymore whining and crying about John's affairs – Elizabeth needs to be a strong woman. I am happy she has kicked John's ass to the curb!

Gimme a Break   June 29th, 2010 3:37 am ET

She does not get a pass just because she has cancer. I am sorry for that, but she stood beside her hubby as he lied to the nation and she full well knew the truth he was cheating and had cheated. NO PASS!!!! She lied to the nation too for personal benefit. She is NO DIFFERENT FROM HIM- self-absorbed and self-centered.

jackie   June 29th, 2010 4:29 am ET

I really feel sorry for this baby.

Melanie Speers   June 29th, 2010 1:10 pm ET

Dear Elizabeth Edwards:
Please go away. The country has moved on and so should you.
Enough already.

Moriah Monet   June 29th, 2010 7:45 pm ET

Not enough exposure, in my eyes! This happens everyday to millions of women, mothers, wives and no one discusses it. Like a hidden secret of protection for the men, fathers, husbands who have affairs and ruin families and their mistresses who get away with it. I'm disgusted by the amount of people who always are "begging" to sweep it under the rug over and over and over again. It is about time someone spoke up and spoke out and shared how horrible and immoral this is. I applaud Elizabeth Edwards and her daughter and they can hold their heads high! John Edwards and that "other woman" can live with the shame of what they are.....adulterers without conscious. Hope they get what they deserve. Many detest what they did. I know many who agree with me. It's time for those of us who don't condone to speak out and feel proud of woman like Elizabeth who did not "sign up" for this behavior from the man she married. I also believe her chiildren were hurt very badly by this affair. When will society stop allowing men to do this as if it is their given right. Personally....I feel that any married partner who is "cheated" on should be able to sue for alienation of affection and be compensated for the betrayal financially. It's time marriage is not only a contract in the eyes of God...but in the pocketbook for those who cheat. Perhaps marriage contracts could include this "monogomy clause" just like a prenup....if you pay up. It won't take the pain and suffering away in the heart of the person betrayed....but it will punish those who betray. BTW: I hope Elizabeth is around for years and years to come to keep writing books about this! It is a necessary and needed discussion.
That other woman should be the one to shut up and go away. Oprah looked disgusted through that entire interview....Like she couldn't believe the stupid answers....I felt the same way. How does this woman justify dating a married man? She shouldn't be proud of this relationship with a sick man.....but be embarrased. There is no justification for any one who invades a marriage for any reason! SICK SICK SICK

froggyalley   June 29th, 2010 8:07 pm ET

I disagree./ It's a story that needs to be told. A spouse's infidelity is survivable. She shouldn't be expected to just disappear and make the embarassment go away.

and why does the woam always have to be labelled "difficult" ? She might have beena perfectly lovely woman and wife. Sometimes he's just a pig. Once there are children its real hard to be rid of them.

Jane Smith   June 29th, 2010 8:35 pm ET

Do Johnny & Rielle think about those holidays in the future when Elizabeth is no longer on this earth and they want to "integrate" (one of Rielle's favorite words) their children for a family meal? How "authentic" (another favorite word) will this be for any of the children? Is it even possible for Cate to have a coherent conversation with the delusional Rielle at the dinner table? Savage indeed. How does Rielle feel about the "authentic integrated" Johnny recently wandering the bars, wine glass in hand, talking up the women? Ahhhhhhhh. The beds we sleep in, the videos we star in, the children we affect. For us, the gallery, the future holds the inevitable response from Johnny/Rielle. A synonym for resilience is "rolling with the punches." Maybe Johnny will write a book, edited by Rielle, explaining with psychobabble why he's the man he is and the positive effect this has had for everyone. After all, despite everything, he could have been President, Vice President or Attorney General. Stay tuned.

moral one   June 29th, 2010 10:56 pm ET

I feel terrible for Elizabeth Edwards, first and foremost, her cancer diagnosis is "terminal", this alone should have stopped John in his tracks from abusing their marriage at another critical time in her life, the first was that this woman's child was killed in a car accident. I cannot understand his cruelty, I am now recovering myself from someone I cared deeply about and they betrayed me and made me feel terrible for a long time, I clearly know with all of my heart, that John Edwards, literally does not care at all about this woman or his children, if he did, this would not have happened at all. He opened himself up like he was single and free, well,now he is.........

cat   June 29th, 2010 11:42 pm ET

Folks, did you ever stop to think that Elizabeth was a perfectly lovely person before having to deal with that lying, selfish, prig of a husband . . . I'm sure I'd become a helluva lot more than "difficult" putting up with his disgusting behavior over the years. Yeah, you don't have his cheating skills your first time out of the gate, he obviously was quite experienced. Gawd, that man is the lowest rat. Lying and cheating on a dying wife, labeling his kids forever with his scandal, then of all the gall, looking America in the eye and lying on tv about the affair, and the baby, and saying it was another man's! Then he runs to Haiti in an attempt to use their plight to rehab his own sorry reputation. God Bless Cate for standing by her mother.

Amex   June 30th, 2010 8:01 am ET

God bless Elizabeth, and her children. I can't help but wonder if there was ever a good decision Rielle has made. So far what we know about her: she faked credentials as a videographer; seduced a married man; slept with him within an hour of meeting; shamelessly flirted and carried on with him around anyone; allowed herself to get pregnant while maintaining she is barren; makes a sex tape with a presidential candidate during a campaign – saves it as insurance while maintaining she, as a "videographer", destroyed it; threatens to go public every time she doesn't get her way; poses without pants in seductive poses with her child, and her child's toys in a men's magazine – cries about the photos (did she think they would photoshop pants onto her crotch?); speaks in mumbo-jumbo; does Oprah and verifies what a psycho she is, and delusional, and self-centered; pretends she doesn't know if she has hurt Elizabeth.

This is not a delusional, selfish, ignorant person – Rielle Hunter should only be described as evil. Don't get me started on John.

Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   June 30th, 2010 9:17 am ET

You marry for better and for worse. in sickness and in health.
Sen. Edwards is cruel to leave the family when his wife needs him to battle the cancer together.
She tries hard to save the marriage when his cheating was exposed.
I wish Elizabeth and kids all the strength to face the future.

john   June 30th, 2010 12:25 pm ET

The only reason she's popped up yet again to us about her great resilience is to sell the new paperback version of her book.

Misy   June 30th, 2010 3:14 pm ET

Eleizabeth is as bad as her husband! She is such a marter...does not want to say anything negative about him as he will have to care for her children...give me a break! Does she really think that her kids have not seen or heard it all?? Does she want her kids to think it's ok what he did because that is their father? She is just looking for more money with her stupid books. What a waste of time these people are!

sybil3   July 1st, 2010 8:47 am ET

This is a free country, and Elizabeth has a right to say what she thinks, and as for John Edwards and Rielle Hunter they exemplify cruelty and immorality!

sam   July 3rd, 2010 12:04 pm ET

I find it incredible that E continues to engender commentary in the blogs, and on various gossip and news pages by putting herself constantly in the headlines. Just when things begin to die down in the media she heats it right back up again. She needs to retire her desire to be in the public eye- it is degrading her reputation- if there is anything left of it. Yes, she has suffered many misfortunes, but there is no need to put her family in the flare of the media spotlight. Yes, sybil, she has the "right" to say what she thinks, but she is sadly mistaken if she thinks there will not be consequences and that she will actually have the last word. What is the purpose?

LOLA   July 4th, 2010 10:54 am ET

I never bought the "wholesome family" routine. John Edwards was just too slick – like a used car salesmen. You look at him and then look at Elizabeth and I just knew that he wasn't the faithful family man he acted like. I can also definitely see her as being a difficult woman to deal with – entitled. Some of HER prigish behavior was before he cheated. Doesn't give him the right to cheat. Obviously he's a pig – cheating on his wife, especially while she's terminally ill. On the other hand Elizabeth Edwards knew he had cheated and still wanted him to run for President and supported him all the way, which could have destroyed the Democratic party and put the country thru hell (if it hadn't come out and he had been elected).. Both are narcissistic liars.

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