Oprah: Why do you think people see you so negatively?

Rielle: Well, because of the affair, and also because a lot of people bought into the myth of the marriage...the Edwards marriage as being a storybook story and it was so perfect and so wonderful, and I destroyed it. So it fits into the two-dimensional story line.

Oprah: Help people to understand, if you can, or help me to understand, because the world sees you as that person. You are viewed as the mistress who came in and stole the politician. So what do you want people to know about that?

Rielle: First of all, in order for that to happen, you must be invited in. People aren't property. You can't steal someone else's husband. You can't steal someone's wife. It's not property.

Oprah: So let's go back to how this started. How did you meet? When I interviewed Elizabeth Edwards last year, one of the things that struck me is she said she couldn't believe or didn't even understand a woman like yourself who could stand outside or stand at a bar and say to a married man, "You're hot." She made a point of saying that, "Who does that?" So I'm asking you, who does that?

Rielle: Well, I did.


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