John Edwards’ former mistress says she’ll always love him

This photo combo shows Rielle Hunter, left, in an Aug. 6, 2009, file photo, and former U.S. senator and presidential candidate John Edwards in a May 10, 2012, file photo. Hunter appeared with her and Edwards' daughter, Quinn, now 8, in an interview aired on ABC's "Good Morning America" Friday, July 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Jim R. Bounds, Gerry Broome, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — The former mistress of one-time Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards says she “will always love” him and they’re “great co-parents” to their 8-year-old daughter.

Rielle Hunter appeared alongside daughter Quinn in an interview aired Friday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Hunter praises Edwards for his parenting. Quinn says her father is “great” and she sees him as often as she can.

Hunter and Edwards’ affair began in 2006 while he was married to Elizabeth Edwards. It continued as Elizabeth Edwards had a recurrence of cancer. She died in 2010.

Hunter says the worst part of the affair’s fallout was being subjected to “meanness.”

The former U.S. senator from North Carolina was acquitted in 2012 in a case involving nearly $1 million to help hide Hunter’s pregnancy.

Hunter’s appearance was to promote a children’s book she wrote.

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