Celebrity gossip is hard to come by in the Charlotte area, but our areas closest celebrity, John Edwards, has made the headlines once again. Numerous media outlets have been reporting for several weeks that John Edwards’ former mistress, Rielle Hunter had been real estate shopping in the Charlotte area.
At first, a news station in Raleigh reported on Dec. 8 that Hunter and her child, the alleged love child with Edwards, were looking at homes to rent in Wilmington. According to the report, Hunter backed out of the deal when the National Enquirer broke the story of her moving to the city to be closer to Edwards’ beach house on Figure Eight Island.
The Enquirer is now reporting in its Dec 21 issue that Edwards has, in fact, bought a house in the Mecklenburg area. John and his wife of 32 years, Elizabeth, live in a 28,000-square mansion near Chapel Hill. Hunter and her daughter were supposed to move in the first week of December, but the house has remained empty after a disagreement over financial aide. According to the latest Enquirer article, Edwards backed out of an arrangement to lease the Charlotte home to Hunter after she asked him nearly $18,000 per month in child support. Whether the child is Edwards’ is still unknown, but do all men buy homes for their former mistresses? Evidently, Edwards knows more than he is leading the public to believe?
The Enquirer is known for breaking Edwards news. In late 2007, the paper was the first to report that Edwards had an affair with a campaign worker, later revealed to be Hunter, a filmmaker hired to produce YouTube videos for Edwards’ 2008 presidential campaign.
Edwards has admitted to having an affair with Hunter, but not to fathering the child. At the time, Edwards’ campaign aide Andrew Young said he was the father, but later retracted that claim. The result of a paternity test, if ever performed, has not been released.
Edwards is also in the spot light as a new investigation begins. A federal grand jury in Raleigh is investigating whether the former presidential candidate used some of his campaign funds to support Hunter, which is against the law.