Elizabeth Edwards seemingly has had a change of heart about the reported illegitimate daughter of her husband John Edwards and mistress Rielle Hunter. According to a new story in the National Enquirer
, Elizabeth Edwards wants to personally meet the 22-month old Frances Quinn Hunter and is encouraging her husband to meet Hunter's demands for child support
of almost $18,000 a month.
The Enquirer reports that Elizabeth Edwards is motivated by her belief that the child should have a relationship with her father, as well as her desire to avoid a public fight over child support payments.
Although Elizabeth is still angry about Hunter, "she can't stand the idea of Rielle going public with their dirty laundry in court. She instructed John to have his lawyers call Rielle's people and say they're giving her what she wants," a source told the Enquirer.
Elizabeth is "going to meet Rielle's little girl face to face over the next few weeks," according to the Enquirer's source.
The about-face of Elizabeth Edwards comes after interviews during her book tour in which she said she did not know the girl's paternity and would never say the name of her husband's mistress.
In August, when Edwards reportedly bought Hunter a house
near his family's $2.6 million waterfront mansion
in North Carolina, Elizabeth was supposedly so infuriated, she started packing a suitcase
and threatening to leave him.
By December, the Enquirer reported that Edwards refused to let Hunter move in to the house in North Carolina after they fought over child support payments.
John Edwards, the two-time Democratic presidential candidate and former senator from North Carolina, admitted to having affair with Hunter, with the caveat that "it happened during a period after [Elizabeth] was in remission from cancer."
He has not, however,
publicly admitted he is the father of Hunter's child. Edwards was reportedly preparing to release a statement admitting paternity
, but pulled back when child support negotiations with Hunter broke down after she demanded more money in the settlement.
The possibility of a public court hearing comes after private financial negotiations between Hunter and Edwards reportedly broke down when she demanded an annual $214,920 in child support.
Legal documents obtained by Radaronline.com
appear to be communications between Hunter and her attorney Frank Louis in preparation for bringing the child support dispute before the Superior Court of New Jersey, where Hunter currently lives.
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