Oprah: Is it true that no one in your life thinks that this is a good idea for you to be talking to me?

Rielle: No one thinks it's a good idea, but I feel in my heart that it's the right thing to do.

Oprah: Why did you want to talk now and you have not spoken before?

Rielle: A lot of it didn't feel right to speak before, and it felt more right after Johnny claimed paternity publicly.

Oprah: Johnny meaning John Edwards.

Rielle: Correct.

Oprah: You call him Johnny.

Rielle: I do. [It's] his birth name.

Oprah:: His birth name. And is that why you call him Johnny?

Rielle: No, when I first met him, I couldn't get the word "John" out, you know? He didn't seem like John to me. So I said, "This may sound weird, but can I call you Johnny?" And he said: "Well, that's my name. So, yes."


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