June 29, 2010

Elizabeth Edwards: I Can Relate to Sandra Bullock

Posted: 05:15 PM ET



"I'm not just a cuckolded wife," the cancer-stricken ex of politician John Edwards tells The Today Show's Matt Lauer in a new interview. Elizabeth and John legally separated in January after over 30 years together; the former North Carolina senator had recently admitted that he'd fathered a baby girl, Quinn, with mistress Rielle Hunter.

"I think about Sandra Bullock - who I don't know at all - what an incredible year she's had," Edwards, 60, says of Bullock, whose divorce from Jesse James was finalized on Monday. "She won the Academy Award for an incredible performance, and more than that, she took that story and integrated that into her own life in this healthy happy way."

(The Blind Side's Bullock, 45, had secretly adopted her son Louis back in January.)

"And yet, the stories you hear are not about all those great successes, but about the failure of her marriage," Edwards continues.

"That's not who she is...I assume she wants to reclaim who she is in the same way I want to reclaim who I am."

Edwards also admits to Lauer that she watched at least "some of" Rielle Hunter's sit-down interview on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Her blunt take on her husband's videographer mistress: "I still think this person is so completely unlike me that it's hard to imagine the same person could marry me and be attracted to that - to that woman, as well."


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Smith in Oregon   June 29th, 2010 5:59 pm ET

I rather doubt Elizabeth Edwards relates to the lovely and sensitive Sandra Bullock in any fashion.

Journalists traveling with Elizabeth and John Edwards on the campaign trail were shocked by how hard core and battle axed Elizabeth Edwards was towards them, towards John Edwards and towards life in general. Hard core PMS fits, tirades and extremely gruff off the cuff behavior.

Yes, some of that could be expected from a person stricken by cancer, however that condition does not green-light treating everyone around you like trash. John Edwards should have bailed out from his hyper-abusive wife instead of playing an entirely fictitious role of supporting spouse while he maintained a mistress on the side.

Was John Edwards ultimately nothing but a man of straw? YES, but few if any men would have continued a marriage with Elizabeth Edwards after she threw repeated hard core PMS tirades and gruff behavior which would make most sailors leave the room.

Claudia, Houston, Tx   June 29th, 2010 7:54 pm ET

Elizabeth needs to move on and not criticize the other woman, she changed, her husband changed, it happens every day. My husband cheated on me, left men and I didn't know the other woman and have nothing negative to say about her. But I can say this about my ex and I told him "I have no respect for you as a man".

gerald Jolly   June 29th, 2010 8:30 pm ET

C'mon, comparing herself to Sandra Bullock

A\ little far fetched "WOULD'NT YOU SAY"

Chere   June 29th, 2010 9:11 pm ET

She might relate to Sandra Bullock in that they both have/had unfaithful spouses. However, they are very different in the way they are handling their situations. Sandra does not make the circuit and continue to talk about the situation.

GEO   June 29th, 2010 10:31 pm ET


quandra   June 30th, 2010 12:32 am ET

Well, Elizabeth may have had tirades in her most difficult times, but I wonder how all those sanctified journalists treated their spouses on a day-to-day basis..

I don't know. I think marriages should come to an end with dignity. If you're the cheater, there's nothing to be proud of.

If you feel oppressed in your relationship, go to counselling, try to resolve issues. If that doesn't work, then go your separate ways.

If you are the leaver, then be as kind and gentle to your spouse.

These dawgs (John Edwards and Jesse James) were anything but that...

diane   June 30th, 2010 1:33 am ET

Okay, I really feel sorry for her because she has cancer and she married a jerk -the nicest thing that can be said about him. But what can be gained by continually revisiting this subject? I almost feel she wants to illicit more sympathy from the public. We already know she got a raw deal in this marriage. What do more interviews with Larry and Matt Lauer do besides increase CNN's and NBC's ratings?

Does she not want to spend the rest of her life doing something else instead of talking about John Edwards? He is not worth the time and effort she is spending. Take a page from Sandra Bullock and move on. Granted the two situations are different in many way, but we have not seen Bullock publicly stewing in her husband's infidelity- writing books, giving multiple interviews. She seems to be focusing on her new baby.

Elizbeth still has 3 beautiful kids and I am sure a wealth of friends and family who support her. Just move on, don't spend whatever time you have left dealing with this crap. Let it go!.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   June 30th, 2010 9:14 am ET

Hope both Elizabeth Edwards and Sandra Bullock find peace in their lives.

Smith in Oregon   June 30th, 2010 4:49 pm ET

What role does Elizabeth Edwards and their children feel they had in the ruined marriage? Obviously John Edwards bailed on them, and other than what appears to be his wanting a mistress, what does Elizabeth feel that she herself was doing or did (besides the obvious cancer disease) that torpedoed their marriage.

Can LKL get that out of her? Elizabeth Edwards is likely continuing to deny that she had anything utterly to do with the destruction of her family and marriage.

Helena Schultz   June 30th, 2010 6:51 pm ET


Bottom line. He is a politician and thought he wouldn't get caught. He may be a great politician, great for our country, wonderful father, and probably loves you dearly, and will be sorry for his actions. He just got caught up in the drama of the camapign and thought he was above getting caught. It amazes me how politicians continually deny they really are like everyone else.

From everything I have seen and read we know that is (50/50). You are a wonderful person. Smart, beautiful, great mother. Never forget, it is all about being the person you are destined to be. A great mother is part of it. But, you have so much more to offer to the world. Go for it. I can't even begin to imagine the pain you had when you lost you son at such a young age.

Keep on being the wonderful person you are, and love your children with all your heart.

Helena Schultz

jane   June 30th, 2010 7:24 pm ET

Elizabeth, you and Sandra Bullock are top-notch role models for the rest of us. You are awesome. You are both outstanding women who should be honored for your care, integrity, grit and strength under such mortifying conditions by shall we say less than exceptional husbands. You both have flown that coup and are your own people deserving of happiness, love and least of all our respect and gratitude for showing us the way. We love you.

jane   June 30th, 2010 7:26 pm ET

P.S. Elizbeth, for what it's worth, YOU ARE A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN. You shine, rock and glow with beauty. You go girl!!!

Cajazz76:24:8   June 30th, 2010 8:39 pm ET

Elizabeth Edwards would alleviate much of her consternation over the dissolution of her marriage by going to a meat market and learn the difference between prime and stew meats. I am not finding an excuse for her wayward husband, but just plating the facts. He saw an opportunity for choice beyond his usual dish and tabled a disaster for his political career. His wife, and especially children, will pay the bill for it all. No just desserts here. They all leave with salty palates consumed by a thirst for why?

Elizabeth Edwards has learned much about political aspirations, but very little in regard to the human condition. I wish her and her children the best. I guess the $1,000 a plate dinners will be replaced by home cooking, a change the children will appreciate and find more appealing and wholesome. If their distraught dad gets over his extravagant ego and self idolizing euphoria he can still make a difference in their lives that will soften the years of emotional neglect.

For Elizabeth Edwards to express her pain and anger as a correlation to the way Sandra Bullock has felt and handled her marital discord is a bit of "I am woman", we all wail at the same decibel strength, without a mirror to reflect individuality and reaction. Sandra Bullock took the situation in hand and showed Jesse James what the other end looks like, and in short order. He won't soon forget where the lower torso scars came from and she will soon find another opportunity to share her life with. Elizabeth Edwards will have a much more difficult time to move on because she has cemented too much for too long to the wrong cause.

julie in atlanta   June 30th, 2010 10:37 pm ET

I love my friend Elizabeth Edwards and I have long admired the way she demonstrates true grace under unimaginable pressures. You GO, EE...I hope you find all the happiness you deserve-in this life and the next. You are my hero. XOXO Julie in Atlanta

Cajazz76:24:8   June 30th, 2010 11:00 pm ET

@julie in atlanta

Enjoy your next life, also. Don't forget to send a postcard to the mortuary that sent you off. that the prelude to E-I,.E-I...oooooooooh? I have been around a while and have yet to hear someone wish me well in the next life when this one still has a semblance of perfunctory life mission available and adipose tissue to consume. How odd when we begin to say 'aloha' or adios and happy trails in the "afterlife" when our hearts are still beating and we can still stand erect and bark at the moon.

JamioLee   June 30th, 2010 11:59 pm ET

Smith in Oregon, and the rest of you biased, judgmental opinionates –doesn't it bother you in the least that the authors who wrote about Elizabeth's "tirades" never interviewed her? Doesn't it bother you that the Youngs’ continually lied to her about John's activities while sequestering his baby-mama all over the country? Elizabeth was betrayed for the most salacious of reasons, Youngs’ greed and John's star-struck, self-image which allowed him to succumb to a very eager, female hotel groupie. A gullible John took the bait, hook, line and sinker. (Probably with a lot of facilitation by the Youngs’) The stench of these amoral individuals must have been a thick pall in Elizabeth’s reality. But, with incredible courage, admirable grace and inspiring dignity, she has gone forward, leaving the past and any invective, she was entitled to voice, behind. The Sandra Bullock comment was to highlight how one can be blindsided by unexpected sorrow even when things are going well. It must then be dealt with, as it is thrust into a non-too-kind, public arena. Elizabeth is a very intelligent, no-nonsense, capable, real woman. Instead of criticism and disdain, she deserves all our support and prayers that the cancer subsides enough to allow her as much living as the rest of us so off-handedly take for granted. We need more Elizabeths in this life whose light shines brightly for all to benefit from.

bah humbug   December 6th, 2010 6:54 pm ET

she is dying so really what does it really matter now. i wish her a peacful dignified passing and offer my condolences to her family and friends.

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