Oh. My. Goodness. From Harry Reid's Negro comment to Bill Clinton's most recent sexual indiscretions, John Heilemann and Mark Halperin's Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime is proving to be one hot book. Most fascinating so far are the intimate, brutal details of Jon and Elizabeth Edwards' marriage on the campaign trail, excerpted in all its soap opera drama in New York magazine this week in an article entitled "Saint Elizabeth and the Ego Monster." Here are some of the juiciest details about the affair:
If you can't trust a former personal injury lawyer then who can you trust? According to leaked documents, the former Vice Presidential candidate and former North Carolina Senator John Edwards made some outlandish promises to mistress and possible baby's mama Rielle Hunter. Former Edwards aide, Andrew Young, is said to be pitching a book with some damning evidence about Edwards and some of those details were leaked to mainstream press.
Sarah Palin, Ted Kennedy, John Edwards and Mark Sanford shocked us in summer of '09. Read the highlights of their scandals, courtesy of YourTango's Celebrity Love blog.
With the news that Dean Sheremet, LeAnn Rimes's cuckolded husband, is sharing woes with the estranged wife of LeAnn's boyfriend Eddie Cibrian, Brandi Glanville, we thought we'd take a look at a few other famous spouses who came out on top after their honeys cheated.
Remember the rumors about John Edwards' love child with mistress Rielle Hunter? Those reports were quashed when Edwards' former aide Andrew Young said that the baby was actually his. Well, turns out Young lied—Edwards is the actual father, according to Young, but the aide agreed to take the fall and even move in with Hunter because he so believed in John Edwards. And it gets better (or worse, depending on your perspective…): there's a John Edwards sex tape floating around somewhere!
You've seen Elizabeth Edwards on Oprah and on the Today show talking about her new book, Resilience. She's opened up about nearly every aspect of her husband, John Edwards' affair. But for her candidness, Edwards requests that the name of the other woman not be spoken.
Much has been written in the media this week about men cheating on their wives. We have the tale of two Jo(h)ns: John Edwards, whose scorned wife, Elizabeth Edwards, appeared on Oprah yesterday to promote her new book, Resilence, in which she addresses her husband's much publicized affair, and Jon Gosselin, costar of the hit TLC reality show Jon & Kate Plus 8, whose rumored affair has become tabloid fodder. The former is a tale as old as journalism itself: a man in power cheats on a wife who, from the outside, seemed a supporting and loving spouse undeserving of her husband's unfaithfulness. The latter is another familiar tale: a man under an enormous amount of pressure is regularly and publicly emasculated and treated like dirt by his wife and seemingly seeks solace with another woman. In both cases, the men are vilified—but is it possible that maybe, just maybe, at least one of the women had it coming?
Why is it that we so often hear about high profile men cheating, but we rarely hear about women doing so? Perhaps it's because societal structure combined with differing motivations for infidelity mean it's simply easier for men to cheat. In an MSN.com/iVillage survey of 70,000 people, taken last year, female respondents were twice as likely to use an affair to get out of a relationship. They also cheated to find a better emotional connection or to be with someone who made them feel sexy and desirable. Men, on the other hand, said they cheat for sex--more sex, better sex, variety of sex. Sex, sex, sex.
So, John Edwards has admitted to having an extra-marital affair. Now what? It looks like he probably won't get an invite to the Democratic National Convention but is there any other fallout? Is this even a real story other than we won't have a handsome boy millionaire as the next VP?
There has never been a single president. And for good reason. It's a tough job and the person in power can use a good woman (or man) at his (or her) side. Tango examines the eight frontrunning candidates to find out which couple has what it takes to make it in the White House.
In our series on the 2008 presidential couples, Tango explores the Edwards. Even if they're not always on the same page you know that the John and Elizabeth are always in each other's corner. Adversity does nothing but make them strong. Read here to find out if they have the right stuff to make the White House their next home. "On the surface, Elizabeth Edwards would seem to be the exact opposite of the ideal political spouse. Hardly meek, she's a smart and independent attorney who doesn't spend too much time worrying about her appearance, and talks openly about her struggles with weight loss. Yet she's often described as her husband's 'secret weapon.'"