"It's absolutely not true," says his rep of reports that Edwards asked his former mistress to marry him

By Sharon Cotliar
February 10, 2010 04:05 PM
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A spokesperson for John Edwards is denying reports that the onetime senator has asked his former mistress, Rielle Hunter, to marry him.

“It’s absolutely not true,” says a spokesperson for Edwards, of a story in the National Enquirer that claims the two plan to wed after his divorce from Elizabeth Edwards is complete.

Though the former senator acknowledged last month that he is the father of a 2-year-old girl with Hunter, a spokesperson for Edwards says he and Hunter don’t communicate directly any longer.

“They only communicate through a third party,” to work out Edwards visitation, the spokesperson says, and when the former presidential candidate visits daughter Frances Quinn, Hunter is not present.
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John and Elizabeth Edwards separated at the end of December, and are now living apart. “Everybody is trying to move on with their lives,” says his spokesperson.

Edwards had previously denied National Enquirer stories about his affair with Hunter and the paternity of their daughter.

Rielle’s attorney Michael Critchley was not available for comment.