January 21, 2010
Edwards Admits Fathering Love Child, Reportedly Separates From Wife
Former presidential candidate John Edwards has admitted fathering his former campaign videographer's child.
In a statement released to NBC News, Edwards said, "I am Quinn’s father. ... It was wrong for me ever to deny she was my daughter and hopefully one day, when she understands, she will forgive me."
Friends of the family said that Edwards and wife, Elizabeth, have separated, NBC reported.
The admission comes after months of denials from Edwards that he fathered former mistress Rielle Hunter's daughter, Frances Quinn. The revelation also comes a week before his former campaign aide, Andrew Young, is set to appear in an ABC News interview saying he posed as the father when the scandal first broke as a favor to Edwards.
The two-time presidential candidate also admitted to providing financial support to the child and said in the statement that he has "reached an agreement with her mother to continue providing support in the future."
"To all those I have disappointed and hurt these words will never be enough, but I am truly sorry," Edwards said.
Edwards' wife told The Associated Press that "the whole family feels relieved" that her husband claimed paternity, but she would not comment on the status of their marriage.
Young's interview is scheduled to air on ABC next Friday, but may be pushed forward.
Previous reports have claimed that a secret DNA test proved Edwards' paternity to the child.
The test was taken after Hunter tried to get financial help from Edwards for Frances.
Edwards admitted in August 2008 to an affair with Hunter that he says ended in 2006. That year, Edwards' political action committee paid Hunter's video production firm $100,000 for work. Then the committee paid another $14,086 on April 1, 2007.
A federal grand jury last year investigated whether Edwards broke campaign finance law by paying "hush" money to Hunter and Young over the affair.