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Naturally, Rielle Hunter wasn't the only one upset by her racy GQ images. Elizabeth Edwards, wife of 2008 presidential candidate John Edwards, was none-too-happy about the photos of her husband's mistress. In a new People cover story, a source close to Edwards, 60, reveals, "She was disgusted by the photos like everyone. But she moved on pretty quickly."
While Edwards' sister Nancy Anania told the magazine, "She seems to be happy and at peace," the new cover asks readers, "How much more can she take?" And that question, frankly, hits the nail on the head, considering that in her very revealing GQ cover story, Hunter, who turns 46 this week, claimed she and "Johnny" continue to "love each other very much."
We certainly don't know how much of that we would be able to take. But the Hunter bombshell is only the latest painful episode Edwards (who has previously called her estranged huband's mistress "pathetic") has had to endure in recent weeks. The smiling public image of the cancer-stricken mom and memoirist took a hit when John Heilemann and Mark Halperin's bestseller Game Change (about the 2008 presidential election) hit stands, revealing a not-so-flattering side to the popular political wife. The book claimed that during the campaign, Elizabeth Edwards "badgered and berated John’s advisers around the clock." New York magazine published excerpts, including an account of Edwards reportedly unleashing "profanity-laced tirades," and thinking of her husband "as her intellectual inferior."
More and more embarrassing personal matters seem to be ambushing wives who quickly become seen as victims of their husband's follies. Can women -- Elin Nordegren and Sandra Bullock included -- ever truly move on from their painful heartbreak when excruciating details continue to be made public? The real game change would be if we stopped being invited like voyeurs into the marital breakdowns of famous figures, but let's be real: in this age, what are the odds of that?
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