Rielle Hunter Didn’t Use Birth Control With Edwards; Denies Being Homewrecker

Rielle Hunter's Oprah moment is here.

The mistress to former Presidential candidate John Edwards — and mother to his two-year-old daughter, Quinn — gives her first TV interview about the scandal on Thursday's Oprah Winfrey Show.

In this clip, Hunter, 45, recounts how Edwards' cancer-stricken wife Elizabeth slowly learned the full extent of his affair.

Although Elizabeth encouraged the North Carolina senator to come clean about his infidelity to ABC News' Bob Woodruff in 2008, she actually didn't know "the whole truth," Hunter tells Winfrey.

Later in her chat with Winfrey, according to Entertainment Tonight, Hunter denies that she's a homewrecker. "I don't believe I wrecked his home. … A lot of people bought into the myth of the marriage, the Edwards marriage."

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And when she became pregnant with Quinn in 2007, Edwards was "very gracious" about the news, Hunter said. "He said, 'Whatever you decide to do, I fully support you.' … He had a lot of issues with the timing." She also admits to Winfrey that she and Edwards never used birth control.

John, 56, and Elizabeth, 60, recently separated after 33 years of marriage. They had four children together (eldest son Wade died in a 1996 car accident.) After two years of denials, Edwards admitted in January that Quinn is his daughter.

Hunter, a videographer, tells Winfrey that she can trust Edwards despite his dishonesty with his wife and with the public. "I know him like the back of my hand, she explains. "I know what's on his mind…It's my experience that he loves me." 

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