John Edwardsis moving his ex-mistress, Rielle Hunter, and her 18-month-old daughter to his neighborhood in North Carolina so that he can take an active role in the baby's life, according to a report in the National Enquirer.
"John's admitted to his family and close friends that he's the father of Frances. He says he wants to be a part of her life and help raise his daughter," says a source cited in the Enquirerarticle.
The former senator and Democratic presidential candidate has denied publicly that he is the father of Frances. But as I wrote last week, the Enquirer, citing sources,reported that a DNA test proved Edwards' paternity, and lawyers for Hunter and Edwards had begun negotiating child support payments.
Edwards is expected to publicly admit he is the father of Hunter's daughter before the end of the grand jury investigation into his campaign finances, according to WRAL.com News.
Now, it seems that Edwards wants more than a financial relationship with his daughter, and possibly her mother, because they are reportedly moving to live near him against his wife's wishes.
"John is definitely behind Rielle's move to Wilmington," the source, described as an insider, told the Enquirer. "There's absolutely no way that he didn't approve or arrange her moving closer to him -- it's all part of his new plan to do the right thing."
Elizabeth Edwards has said in interviews that she did not know the girl's paternity and would never say the name of her husband's mistress. When Edwards told his wife that he is moving Hunter and Frances to Wilmington, near his $2.6 million waterfront mansion, Elizabeth was furious, according to theEnquirer, and started to pack a suitcase to move out of the house.
"Elizabeth was hit with an overwhelming one-two punch," another source told the Enquirer. "She's always figured the child may be John's, but the positive DNA result really floored her. And as if that wasn't bad enough, John told Elizabeth he needed to be in his daughter's life -- and that Rielle was moving to North Carolina.
"He told Elizabeth he was tired of all the lies, and that's why he was ready to publicly admit Frances is his baby," the source said.
Hunter was seen in North Carolina two weeks ago, entering a courthouse carrying her baby and leaving nine hours later. She apparently was there to testify before a federal grand jury, which is investigating whether Edwards broke campaign finance laws by allegedly paying off Hunter and aide Andrew Young, who claimed paternity of the child in 2007.
As much as I feel badly for Elizabeth Edwards, I have to give John Edwards credit for finally accepting his responsibilities.
Update: Elizabeth Edwards discusses the paternity allegations, her family and her health with Larry King:
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