Four years, one love-child, and thousands of column inches after their chance encounter at a New York hotel, former US Senator John Edwards' mistress, Rielle Hunter, has broken her silence about the affair which ended his marriage and once-stellar political career.
In a lengthy interview with GQ magazine, Ms Hunter has given a blow-by-blow account of their relationship, describing both the "magnetic force field" that initially drew them together, and the various "errors in judgement" that Edwards made after newspapers discovered that he was the father of her two-year-old daughter, Quinn.
"I know he loves me. I have never had any doubt at all about that," she said. "That hasn't changed, and I believe that will be till death do us part."
Ms Hunter hadn't previously shared her version of events. But that silence certainly wasn't prompted by shyness: in one glossy photograph accompanying the GQ piece, she lies in bed holding her daughter and exposing her midriff. In another, she sits cross-legged, wearing a white shirt and a pair of knickers. ...
Whatever happens, the scandal will continue to make headlines. Edwards may soon face prosecution from investigators examining payments of $100,000 from his political action committee made to Ms Hunter, in a possible breach of campaign finance rules. She denies the payments were "hush money".
Comment: Former Senator Edwards...a paragon of virtue.