Elizabeth Edwards on Rielle Hunter and John Edwards:Today Show Interview with Matt Lauer

Elizabeth Edwards on Rielle Hunter and John Edwards:Today Show Interview with Matt Lauer – Elizabeth Edwards says that she has absolutely nothing to regret about the many years that she spent with John Edwards. John made public statements that he cheated on her and had a child with another woman. During the time, America was heartbroken by the situation and Elizabeth has every reason to resent John. However, she told Matt Lauer on NBC’s “Today Show” that she wants to come back to the public and political figure she once was and stop being viewed as the “cuckolded wife.”


Elizabeth was asked to comment about her 32 years of marriage with John and she briefly replied, “You know, did I waste my time in these years? Have I thrown this part of my life away, in a sense? And I decided that I didn’t. That maybe I didn’t get the same things out of it I expected to, or that I thought I was at the time. But when I look back, there’s really lots of blessings that I’ve had. I’ve had the opportunity, you know, to have these great children. I’ve had wonderful friends. I’ve had experiences that, you know, really couldn’t be replaced. And opportunities to talk about things that mattered to me.”

Edwards also stated that there are “an enormous number of things” that she adores about her ex husband but that he is just “no longer the person who I married.”

“I think I did marry a marvelous man, I think that, that he changed over time. And… and it could not be more clear to me then. You know, I think it was sort of hard for me to see it or admit it for a very long time. But he changed. Maybe we all change over time.”

Edwards went on to explain that she doesn’t want to be viewed in America as the scorned wife. She wants to get out and enter the world as she once had.

“I still really feel I need to break free of the media imposed image. I’m not just a cuckolded wife. You know, I think about it because so many stories have been in the news recently. But I think about Sandra Bullock, who I don’t know at all, what an incredible year she’s had. 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. And yet, the stories you hear are not about all those great successes, but about the failure of her marriage. And I thought that’s not who she is, and in a sense I know she, I don’t know her, but I assume she wants to reclaim who she is in the same way I want to reclaim who I am. I hope the next time I am on television it’s to talk about some policy I really care about.”

This was Elizabeth Edwards first TV interview since the couple’s separation early 2010.

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