'We're like Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn': Rielle Hunter says she's still in love with John Edwards and they're still a couple
18:57 GMT, 20 June 2012
Rielle Hunter says she is still in love with John Edwards and that they're still together as a couple, even though he lives 140 miles away and sometimes only visits once every two weeks.
The mistress, who destroyed Edwards' family and annihilated his political career, says she and the two-time Democratic presidential candidate are like Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn — the A-list Hollywood couple who have been together for nearly 30 years but never married.
Their relationship together was on full display last weekend when they spent Father's Day together in a beach-side house off North Carolina's southern coast.
Together: John Edwards is pictured giving Rielle Hunter a peck on the cheek this weekend, as she revealed she still loves him and that they're still together as a couple
Like Kurt and Goldie Hunter said she and Edwards are happy together without marriage, like the Hollywood A-listers Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn, who have been together 30 years without a wedding. Although, the actor couple met after Kurt was already getting a divorce from his wife
'I'm still in love with John. That didn't go away, shockingly enough,' Hunter revealed to People Magazine.
She writes in her book, 'What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter and Me,' that John shares in the parenting responsibilities for Quinn, the four-year-old love child who Edwards denied for two years.
But, she says, they don't live together. She makes her home in a three-bedroom brick house in Charlotte, North Carolina. He lives 140 miles east in Chapel Hill.
Sometimes they go two weeks without seeing each other, she told People. Other times, Edwards visits for five days in a row.
When he's around, they get along well.
Vacation: The couple celebrated Father's Day with a weekend getaway to a North Carolina beach house with their daughter Quinn
Keeping apart: Hunter, who enjoyed a weekend of wine and fun on the beach, lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with Quinn. Edwards lives 140 miles east in Chapel Hill
Shore thing: Hunter, 48, flaunted her beach body on the North Carolina coast during the vacation. Edwards spent time in the water with Quinn, as well
'He's kind and funny — we can make each other laugh no matter how ugly things get,' Hunter, 48, says.
The former North Carolina Senator, 59, empties the dishwasher and cooks for her. He makes excellent pancakes, she says.
Last weekend, they were seen together during a Father's Day vacation to the beach in North Carolina.
The couple rented a beach house and spent the weekend drinking white wine on the balcony and playing in the ocean surf with Quinn.
They were also seen being affectionate in the parking lot as they prepared to walk out to the beach. Edwards is pictured kissing his former mistress on the cheek.
But they're not getting married any time soon.
'I like my space. Not having to deal with the day in, day out. Like Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell — that keeps the home fires going,' she told People.
Space: Edwards only sees Hunter and Quinn once every two weeks sometimes, she says
Nice to see you: Hunter says she still finds Edwards 'hot,' even after the lengthy and sordid public drama of their affair
'Marriage I have no idea. I'm not a big fan of the institution, but never say never.'
Russell was in the middle of divorcing his wife when he and Hawn met on the set of the movie 'Swing Shift' in 1983.
Despite the mutual hatred between Hunter and Edwards' late wife Elizabeth, who died after a lengthy battle with breast cancer in 2010, the former mistress says she has a good relationship with the three children Edwards had with his wife.
'Quinn thinks of John's kids as her siblings… But they've been through so much and they have a right to their privacy, so I don't want to talk about them,' she said.
Happy together: Hunter says Edwards can still make her laugh, no matter how difficult their relationship gets
Making a family: Hunter claims Quinn thinks of Edwards' three other children, whom he had with his wife Elizabeth, as her siblings and has a good relationship with them
The excerpts of Hunter's book that have been leaked to the public contain intimate details about her sexual relationship with Edwards while he was still married to Elizabeth.
She brags about coming on to Edwards with the line, 'You're so hot,' right after meeting him for the first time at a reception in a New York City hotel. Hours later, they slept together.
However, when People asked about the couple's sex life today, she responded, 'I don't think that's anyone's business.'
She admitted, though, that she still thinks he's 'hot.'