Democratic presidential nominee (2008) and party’s vice presidential nominee (2004) John Edwards has separated from his wife, Elizabeth Edwards. Elizabeth is suffering from an incurable cancer.This seems to be a step towards divorce as North Carolina law requires couples to be separated for a year before divorcing.

John Edwards and wife separate (finally!)

Andrea Purse, a friend of Elizabeth Edwards, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the couple has separated. She released a statement on behalf of the 60-year-old mother of four that said, “Elizabeth is moving on with her life and wants to put this difficult chapter behind her.” Source:


The separation seems to come after longtime Edwards’ aide Andrew Young revealed more about Edwards’ affair and son with the mistress in his new book “The Politician”  Elizabeth’s separation also came a week after Edwards’ announcement that he is the father of the baby.

Rielle Hunter with her and Edwards' baby


John Edwards publicly declared last week that he was the father of the child with Rielle Hunter, who worked as a videographer before his second presidential campaign in 2008.

Young’s book details how Edwards went to great lengths to hide the affair. In excerpts from an ABC News interview, Young said that Edwards asked him to find a doctor who might fake a paternity test and asked him to steal a diaper from the baby, now almost 2, to determine whether it was really his. He also claims that the married couple sought to politicize her cancer diagnosis.

The statement released on behalf of Elizabeth Edwards said she will not engage in a dialogue on “false charges” in the book.

“Based on the limited portions of the book that have been made available, it is clear it contains many falsehoods and exaggerations,” she said.



John, what were you thinking?