Two-time presidential candidate John Edwards has confirmed that he and wife Elizabeth Edwards are separated, but that he still cares deeply about her.
"It is an extraordinarily sad moment, but I love my children more than anything and still care deeply about Elizabeth," Edwards said in a statement.
A friend of Elizabeth Edwards also confirmed Wednesday that the couple is separated. Elizabeth's sister, Nancy Anania, said that she remains strong.
"She said, 'I've had it. I can't do this. I want my life back,'" Anania said. "I'm really proud of her. Somehow, she's doing as well as you could expect."
The statements from John and Elizabeth Edwards come ...
- As a former Edwards aide, Andrew Young, is preparing to release a tell-all book, The Politician, that gives an unflattering portrait of him.
- One week after John Edwards finally made a public declaration that he fathered a child, now almost two, with his mistress Rielle Hunter.
- As Elizabeth continues her battle with incurable cancer, which she has had since early 2007, about when John was knocking up Rielle.
- As a federal investigation into his campaign finances, from which he is accused of funneling Hunter hush money, is ramping up.
Yup, it's pretty hard to see how you'd come back from that.
Young initially claimed that he fathered the child with John Edwards' mistress in the weeks leading up to the crucial presidential primaries in 2008.
John Edwards publicly declared only last week that he is the father of the child with Rielle Hunter, who worked as a videographer for his campaign.
Young says Edwards tried to hide the affair, begging his "crazy slut" mistress to get an abortion and then wanting to have a fake DNA test done.