Elizabeth Edwards: It Was Not Easy To Leave John

Elizabeth Edwards says it was not easy to leave former senator and presidential contender John Edwards in the wake of his affair.

Edwards says in a new chapter of her memoir released Tuesday that she tried for two years to "reinvent" her role as wife before deciding at the end of 2009 that she did not want to try anymore.

The Edwards' have since separated and he has acknowledged fathering a child with his mistress during his 2008 campaign for the White House.

Elizabeth Edwards says in her book "Resilience" that it was not easy to leave the marriage because she saw 30 years of memories in him. She is battling cancer and says she hopes to live long enough to see her youngest child graduate high school.


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  • by Bill Location: gnvl on Jul 1, 2010 at 02:25 PM
    It takes two to mahe it work. We don't know both side. All we know is what the news has told us. We know it is two sdes to everything.
  • by S Location: ENC on Jul 1, 2010 at 08:41 AM
    I hope Elizabeth Edwards finds contentment and peace in the future....I'm sure John and his trashy girlfriend will suffer someday...You can't fool Karma...it always comes back to bite you in one way or another....
  • by Beth on Jun 30, 2010 at 06:47 PM
    John and Elizabeth deserved each other. They are both condescending, selfish, greedy and self centered. He was the one to step outside the circle first.
  • by Typical Politician on Jun 30, 2010 at 04:46 PM
    John is like alot of them, Trying to get in someones pants and money.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Jun 30, 2010 at 03:04 PM
    Glad Johnny traded up.
  • by Back Location: Gvlle on Jun 30, 2010 at 11:42 AM
    IMO, she stayed for the same reason h. clinton stayed with slick willie; power, attention, & prestige.
  • by Me on Jun 30, 2010 at 10:32 AM
    He should have never put her in that position to start with. She may have still been trying to save her marriage and holding out hope. People do crazy things for love. If he had of stayed faithful and left that other woman alone everything probably would have been fine. The other woman knew he was married, SHE should be the one to blame. That's what's wrong with society. Some women go after the married men just for the thrill of the chase and cause everyone heartache. Leave Elizabeth alone. She has started her new life and let her heal in peace.
  • by jim Location: Grifton on Jun 30, 2010 at 09:47 AM
    Way to go Johnnie. Another victory for men.
  • by Skeptic Location: Beaufort County on Jun 30, 2010 at 09:16 AM
    The press makes her out to be some kind of wronged angelic saint. She is cut from the same cloth that he is and should not get a pass JUST because she is a woman.
  • by Data Man on Jun 30, 2010 at 08:26 AM
    Trust me; it is for the best. If he has to hear about it everyday and night; they need to just leave each other alone and move on! He was wrong but its no need for him or her to get highblood pressure dealing that Tramp using that little child to frame him. His mistress is a Harlot and thats the bottom line. When you have an affair and a child is involved; both have a lot to go through! Elizebeth is the one that got hurt but he has a mess on his hands dealing with that other woman.
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