John Edwards Said He Loved Mistress Rielle Hunter, Witness Says

John Edwards

Splash News Online

updated 05/08/2012 AT 7:00 PM ET

originally published 05/08/2012 AT 8:05 PM ET

John Edwards has never spoken publicly about his feelings for Rielle Hunter, but new testimony offers insight into his relationship with his mistress with whom he has a daughter.

His former speechwriter Wendy Button testified Tuesday at the former senator’s campaign corruption trial, saying that Edwards admitted he loved Hunter – though described the relationship as “complicated.”

Edwards spoke about the relationship when answering mock questions as he practiced what he would say during a press conference where he planned to admit he fathered a child with Hunter.

“Do you love Rielle?” Button testified she asked Edwards as Button was playing the role of a reporter. “Yes, it’s complicated,” he answered in July of 2009, according to Button.


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