The other members of the Edwards family are also learning to accept this new reality. Elizabeth says her 12-year-old daughter, Emma Claire, and 10-year-old son, Jack, are aware of their father's affair.

"To the extent that they understand these kinds of human interactions, they understand what happened," she says. "John told them he behaved inappropriately, and that they were the most important things, I was the most important thing and our family was the most important thing to him."

Elizabeth says John had a separate, private conversation with their 21-year-old daughter, Cate. "He could be more frank with her, [and] she could ask questions that he might not feel comfortable [answering] with me sitting right there," she says.


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