It's Over: Elizabeth Edwards Leaves John Edwards

Elizabeth Edwards has called it quits with her husband, disgraced former U.S. senator John Edwards -- at least for now. According to a new People magazine cover story, Elizabeth's sister Nancy Anania quotes Elizabeth as saying, “I’ve had it. I can’t do this. I want my life back.”

The couple now live separately -- Elizabeth in their Chapel Hill mansion, while John splits his time between the annex dubbed “the barn” and the family's beach house 160 miles away.

Elizabeth Edwards, according to People, also did something that most cheated-on wives would never consider: In December, she met the daughter of her husband's mistress, Rielle Hunter (little Frances Quinn turns 2 next month) in a North Carolina hotel room, during a visit that was overseen by an intermediary. “She gave it a lot of thought, wrapped up a bunch of Christmas presents, took them to the baby and was so pleased when Quinn made a beeline to the toy carriage and doll,” Anania told People. “She even said to Quinn, ‘Go stand next to Daddy.’ And she took a picture. I don’t know how she could do that,” she added. “She just has a big heart.”

Elizabeth, who is still undergoing cancer treatment, has prepared divorce papers. But whether or not she files them most likely depends on her health.

John Edwards' admission last week that he fathered his mistress’ daughter certainly caused a media frenzy. But that news was friendly fire compared to the atomic bomb that’s being dropped next week, when former Edwards aide Andrew Young's tell-all book hits shelves.

According to the New York Daily News, which obtained an advance copy of  The Politician, Edwards’ pretty-boy face belies a “self-obsessed, all around creep” who allowed his mistress to sleep in the bed he shared with Elizabeth Edwards, 60, while his wife was away. Young also alleges that Edwards, 56, promised Hunter a rooftop wedding in Manhattan, and that they would “form a new family.” Other allegations: Hunter, 45, reportedly called Edwards “love lips,” and constantly offered Young cringe-inducing accounts of sex with his boss.

When Hunter told Edwards she was pregnant, Young says his boss was “barely under control” and called her a “crazy slut.” He asked Young to talk her into an abortion, but Hunter flatly refused; she allegedly wanted the baby and believed the child to be the reincarnated spirit of a Buddhist monk.

Throughout the whole ordeal, Young says Edwards refused to divorce his wife, partly because he loved his cancer-stricken partner of 32 years, and partly because he knew voters did, too.

If you were Elizabeth Edwards would you file for divorce? Chime in below!

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