Cate Edwards and her mother Elizabeth break their silence to PEOPLE about the infidelity scandal

By Sandra Sobieraj Westfall
June 25, 2010 01:50 PM
Credit: Courtesy Cate Edwards

Elizabeth Edwards – and, for the first time, daughter Cate – are opening up about John Edwards’s infidelity and the breakup of the marriage.

In PEOPLE’s edition next week, Cate, 28, who lives in Washington and clerks for a federal judge, and her mother talk candidly about their relationships with John now, Elizabeth s cancer and other issues.

“There are the things she taught without words,” Cate writes about her mother in a bonus essay for PEOPLE. Like, “how to continue to live your life on your own terms when it somehow becomes savaged by people you never invited into it.”

PEOPLE s extensive interview was Elizabeth s first in more than a year and her first public comments since several tell-all books and interviews about the former presidential candidate s affair called Elizabeth s own character into question earlier this year.

“It s my story and I m writing it from here on out – nobody else,” Elizabeth says in the interview as the paperback edition of her bestselling book Resilience, is released.

The paperback includes a new chapter reflecting on the worst of the fallout from husband John s infidelity and on their split at the end of last year.