John Edwards’ daughter opens up about her father’s affair

Cate Edwards Credit: Screenshot Today.com
Cate Edwards
Credit: Screenshot Today.com

Cate Edwards, the eldest daughter of former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, has had a rough couple of years, to say the least.

In the past few years the 31-year-old has had to deal with her father’s affair with Rielle Hunter, which resulted in six felony charges of violating federal campaign laws to conceal an extramarital affair and him fathering a child with Hunter. All this happened while Edwards’ wife, Elizabeth Edwards, was dying of cancer.

In an interview set to air Friday on TODAY and “Rock Center with Brian Williams,” Cate opens up about her family, her father’s affair and her mother’s death.

“I was devastated,” Cate says about learning of her father’s affair. In a promo video for the interview she says that her father told her himself. “I guess he and my mom decided that was, you know, how it needed to be done.

She goes on to say that she was disappointed because she had grown up with a lot of love in her family.

Cate’s mother, Elizabeth, was diagnosed with breast cancer and died on Dec. 7, 2010.

“I miss her in sort of big ways and small ways,” Cate says. “You know, it’s big things that go by, like my wedding. She wasn’t able to be there. But we got to talk about it. And I felt incredibly lucky that I got the chance to even have that conversation with her.”

Cate has taken on her mother’s vision and is working to promote the efforts of the Elizabeth Edwards Foundation, a charity that provides educational opportunities for children who have limited support and resources to reach their potential.

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