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Woe is Rielle Hunter, who may at this moment be curling up with Clueless and gallon of Ben & Jerry’s after her breakup with John Edwards. "We are a family, but as of the end of last week, John Edwards and I are no longer a couple. We decided together to end it,” Hunter said on Good Morning America this morning.
The timing seems curious. The breakup as Hunter described it came within a couple of days of the release of her book, What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter and Me, which came out on Tuesday. So is the split just a publicity stunt to sell copies?
Or maybe it was the book itself that brought about the relationship’s end. Hunter said the terms of the breakup were private, but admitted that media scrutiny is hard. Of course it is, which is one of many reasons why her decision to write the book seems so poorly considered. If the release of the tell-all and the frenzy of press attention surrounding it led to the breakup, it’s hard to imagine any rational person couldn’t have seen that coming.
And what’s more concerning is that Hunter’s decision-making affects more than just herself and Edwards, two people with a storied past full of—indeed even defined by—bad choices. The two have a four-year-old daughter together. Since good parenting of the girl seems nil, we’re hopeful for her sake there is a therapist somewhere skilled enough to help her make sense of all this when she grows up.
So let’s tally up the effects of Hunter’s book so far: It may or may not have caused the demise of her relationship, it most certainly puts her minor daughter in an exposed position, and it drudged up the details of an ugly real-life story that damaged so many people. In the era of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, all of that may just translate to whopping sales success. But that doesn’t make it right.
Need more convincing? Here are 10 reasons why I won’t buy it.
Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer. Follow her on Twitter: @alicedubin.