Rielle Hunter. Credit: AP/file.
By Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY
Celebrity breakup alert! John Edwards and Rielle Hunter are over.
On Good Morning America promoting her new book, Hunter said, "We are a family, but as of the end of last week, John Edwards and I are no longer a couple."
She added, "For me, it's because I'm no longer interested in hiding - hiding our relationship, not living out in the ... We had a lot of media scrutiny ... and it's complicated and it's hard and it wears you down after awhile."
How did it end? "I think that's private," she said, but added "We decided together. It's hard, painful."
But Hunter said he's "definitely going to continue" being a dad to their daughter Quinn. "We have a lot of things to figure out."
She says, "Many things in the relationship were a mistake, but I don't regret loving him."
Hunter went on to defend writing the new tell-all What Really Happened, saying that public personas of "John Edwards and Elizabeth Edwards and me, for that matter, are so wrong. I think that it helps see that we all are real humans and we all are not perfect. I don't think it serves the kids - including my own daughter - to have people believe their father's a demon because he is not, and that Elizabeth was a saint because she wasn't, and I'm a home wrecker. It doesn't serve anybody."