Rielle Hunter Still Thinks John Edwards Is Hot

Rielle Hunter and John Edwards, with daughter Quinn

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updated 06/20/2012 AT 2:00 PM ET

originally published 06/20/2012 AT 6:15 PM ET

After years of living in hiding, Rielle Hunter – the mistress whose relationship with John Edwards ended his bid for the presidency and his marriage to Elizabeth Edwards – says she isn’t interested in a secret life anymore.

“I fell in love with a married man and became something I wasn’t in order to be with him,” Hunter tells PEOPLE exclusively, accompanying an excerpt of her new memoir, What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter and Me.

In this week’s issue, Hunter, 48, reveals, “We’re still together as a couple.” Though she won’t predict their future. “Marriage? Have no idea,” she says. “I’m not a big fan of the institution but never say never.”

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