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Has former Presidential candidate John Edwards finally confessed to cancer-stricken wife Elizabeth that he fathered a child with mistress Rielle Hunter?

Yes, according to the National Enquirer, which broke the story if his infidelity and hounded him for a year until he was caught and forced to admit it.

Edwards made the belated admission to his wife in an effort to stop ex-lover Rielle from going public, according to the celeb gossip tabloid’s sources.

While John Edwards admitted to having an affair with Rielle last August right before the Democratic National Convention, he denied fathering her child, one-year-old Frances Quinn, despite alleged evidence to the contrary.

One of his campaign workers, Andrew Young, claims to be the dad, but has gone almost entirely off the grid. Rielle Hunter has refused any DNA testing.

But is John Edwards now admitting it, at least in private?

The former U.S. Senator sprang into action when he saw how upset Rielle became over Elizabeth’s forthcoming book, entitled Resilience: Reflections on the Burdens and Gifts of Facing Life’s Adversities, which is due out in May.

“Rielle became extremely edgy, and John’s afraid she might go public before Elizabeth’s book comes out so she can put her story out first,” a source said.

“These concerns led to John sitting down with [Elizabeth Edwards] and admitting being the baby’s father. This is something Rielle had been pushing John to do for a long, long time because he initially told Elizabeth he was not the father.

“The last thing John wants is for Rielle to go public before Elizabeth’s book comes out, make headlines and trigger a nasty battle between the two.”

Elizabeth is rumored to have kicked John out of the house late last year over this, but that was never confirmed. Not that anyone would blame her.