When asked if she still loved Edwards, Hunter replied, "I do."
Stephanopoulos asked if Edwards still loved her and she said, "You have to ask him. I think he does. I mean I feel that he does."
Nevertheless, the couple split, she said, worn down by the scrutiny and pressure brought on by their high profile affair that began while Edwards was running for the 2008 presidential nomination.
"For me, for my part in it, it's because I'm no longer interested in hiding, hiding our relationship, not living out," she said. "I don't know if you've noticed, but we've had a lot of media scrutiny. It's complicated and it's hard. It wears you down after a while."
Hunter, 48, wouldn't say whether one of them made the break.
"That's private. We decided together to end it. It's hard. It's painful," she said.
The interview began with Stephanopoulos asking Hunter, who has had a baby girl named Frances Quinn with Edwards, whether knowing what she knows now, would she do it all again.
"Would I do that again?" repeats Hunter almost incredulously. "No way. Absolutely not."
She rejected a suggestion that the relationship may have been a mistake.
"I know many things many things in the relationship were a mistake but I don’t regret loving him," she said.
The break-up came after the publication of Hunter's revealing memoir "What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter and Me."
At the end of Hunter's memoir, she leaves unclear the status of her relationship with Edwards but insisting there is still love between them.
"I really have
no idea what will happen with us. The jury is still out. But I can honestly say
that the ending is of no concern to me anymore. The love is here. And as sappy
as it may sound, I love living in love," she writes.
The book also revealed that Edwards had several mistresses before her, but it also angered people for her harsh criticism of Edwards' wife Elizabeth, who was dying of cancer at the time of their affair. Elizabeth Edwards has since died of the disease.
Hunter said that people should read the book before criticizing her.
"There is so much misinformation and distortion about this story and people form opinions without knowing what really happened," she said.
"The public persona of John Edwards and Elizabeth Edwards -- and me, for that matter -- are so wrong. I think that it helps that we all are real humans and we all are not perfect," she said. "I don’t think it serves the kids, including my own daughter, to have people that their father is a demon, when he’s not, and that Elizabeth was a saint, because she wasn’t, and that I’m a home wrecker. It doesn’t serve anybody."
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