CHICAGO — In a revealing and intensely personal interview, Elizabeth Edwards, wife of former presidential candidate John Edwards, breaks her silence to Oprah Winfrey, speaking out for the first time about the state of her marriage, her husband's infidelity and his former mistress's baby. She also speaks emotionally about her ongoing battle with terminal cancer.
Winfrey sits down with Edwards at her family's sprawling 28,000-square-foot dream home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, for a no-holds-barred conversation, where no topic is off-limits. Plus, Winfrey speaks exclusively with John Edwards and gets a tour of their home.
Elizabeth Edwards Interview Highlights from The Oprah Winfrey Show:
On the one gift Edwards asked for before her wedding 31 years ago:
Winfrey: You asked your husband for just one gift when you got married. What was that?
Edwards: I wanted him to be faithful to me. It was enormously important to me.
On how her husband's affair began:
Edwards: What John said is that this woman spotted him in the hotel in which he was staying. He was meeting someone in the restaurant bar area, and she verified with someone who he worked with that it was John. John went to dinner at a nearby restaurant, and when he walked back to the hotel she was standing in front of the hotel. She said to him, "You are so hot."
On her marriage today:
Winfrey: Is it a day-by-day thing?
Edwards: Neither one of us is out the door, so I guess it's day by day, but maybe it's month by month.
Winfrey: So you are still living together?
Edwards: Still living together.
Winfrey: Are you still in love with him?
Edwards: You know, that's a complicated question.
On the former mistress's baby:
Winfrey: The other woman has a baby.
Edwards: That's what I understand.
Winfrey: And there is great speculation that your husband, John Edwards, is the father of that baby.
Edwards: That's what I understand. I've seen a picture of the baby. I have no idea. It doesn't look like my children, but I don't have any idea.
Winfrey: You must have thought, "Is it, or is it not?"
The Conversation Continues in the June Issue of O, The Oprah Magazine:
On the other woman:
Edwards: This person is very different from me and really very different from him. We're basically old-fashioned people. So this was a pretty big leap for him. Maybe it's being so different is what was attractive.
On her own mortality:
Edwards: It's not as frightening. If there's an ever after—please, please, please—I would be leaving part of my family, but I can go and join another party and wait for that day when we're all together again. In some ways, it's something you yearn for.
The Oprah Winfrey Show: Exclusive: Elizabeth Edwards' First Interview airs Thursday, May 7, 2009 (check local listings).
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