Elizabeth Edwards questions baby's paternity

She admits to having "no idea" whether her husband fathered his mistress' child.


Tracy Clark-Flory
May 5, 2009 11:00PM (UTC)

The media circus sure is gearing up ahead of the Friday release of Elizabeth Edwards' memoir, "Resilience." Today, the New York Daily News serves up its house dish of sizzling hot scandal, reporting that Edwards has "no idea" whether her husband fathered his mistress' baby. It seems like typical tabloid fare, too cheap to be true, but this scoop comes straight from Edwards herself. In an interview airing Thursday on "Oprah," she's asked to address the paternity question and responds: "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." Eeesh.

Other leaks from the upcoming TV interview: Edwards reveals that the one thing she asked from her husband when they married was to be faithful. "It was enormously important to me," she said. And when asked whether she's still in love with her husband, she replied, "You know, that's a complicated question." I bet. Her utter emotional exhaustion is evident even in the short preview of her sit-down with Oprah (video below).

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Rounding out the pre-publication publicity blitz is an exclusive book excerpt in Time magazine. There aren't any juicy revelations -- those were already scooped by the tabloids -- but there is one thing to be learned: Despite the sensitive subject matter, this is one emotionally guarded memoir. Hunter isn't referred to by name, instead she is "the woman" and "the female videographer." Aside from a single heart-wrenching passage ("I cried and screamed, I went to the bathroom and threw up"), her account of the affair's aftermath is vague and abstract. Edwards seems to be protecting herself, and making this her story and not Hunter's, at the same time that she is licking her wounds for all the world to see.

I admire her class and courage, still I can't help wishing her a little less courage and a lot more privacy.

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