- Last Updated: 2:02 PM, June 26, 2012
- Posted: 9:19 AM, June 26, 2012
The most hated couple in America is done — for now.
Campaign groupie Rielle Hunter and her “Johnny,” disgraced pol John Edwards, have broken up, she revealed today.
"We are a family, but as of the end of last week, John Edwards and I are no longer a couple. Not at all," Hunter told ABC's "Good Morning America."
Hunter tried to spin the breakup, implying that Edwards only wanted to see her behind closed doors.
“For me, for my part in it, it’s because I’m no longer interested in hiding -- hiding our relationship. Hiding. Not living out in the [public],” she said. “We decided together to end it. It's hard. It's painful.”
Hunter walked a fine line, saying she regretted the relationship -- but not falling in love with Edwards or having his love child.
“Would I do that again? No way,” she laughed. “Absolutely not.”
Hunter, a campaign videographer, and Edwards met during his failed 2008 White House bid.
The North Carolina senator was later criminally charged with using campaign funds to hide their steamy affair.
A federal jury acquitted him on one count and deadlocked on the other five, before prosecutors decided to drop the case.
“Many things in the relationship were a mistake but I don’t regret loving him,” she said.
Hunter seemed to hold hope they could hook up again at a later time.
Asked if Edwards still loves her, she said: “You’d have to ask him that, but I think he does and I feel that he does.”
Hunter defended trashing Edwards’ late wife Elizabeth in a tell-all that hit shelves today.
“There were three people in this relationship and in order for me to describe what I went through, I felt that I had to tell the truth,” Hunter said.
“Had the information that I received about their dynamic been different, I might have behaved differently. “
She described how the senator’s wife was prone to rants and continually fought with the senator.
Hunter called Edwards’ deceased wife a “witch on wheels” in her book, “What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter, and Me.”
“The public persona of John Edwards and Elizabeth Edwards and me, for that matter, are so wrong and I think that it helps see it that ... we are real humans and we all are not perfect,” Hunter said.
“I don’t think it serves the kids, including my own daughter, to have people believe her father is a demon when he’s not and that Elizabeth was a saint because she wasn’t and that I’m a homewrecker. It doesn’t serve anybody.”
The weight of their very public courtship weighed on the cheating hearts, Hunter said,
“We’ve had a lot of media scrutiny, I don’t know if you’ve noticed or not,” she cracked. “And it’s complicated and it’s hard and it wear you down after a while.”
She declined to elaborate on specifics of their breakup -- other than to say that Edwards would still play an active role in raising their baby daughter Quinn.
“He’s definitely going to continue [as a parent],” Hunter said. “We have lots of things to figure out.”