Rielle Hunter apologizes for affair with John Edwards

by: Natalie Pasquarella Updated:

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RALEIGH, N.C. - For the first time, former North Carolina Senator John Edwards' mistress Rielle Hunter is apologizing for the affair.

In a column she wrote for the Huffington Post she said she "behaved badly" then goes on to apologize to Edwards' family, but also to everyone who is married.

A blog titled "I, Rielle Hunter, Apologize," was posted Tuesday morning on HuffingtonPost.com.

The blog went on to say, "I behaved badly. That may seem obvious to you but it's taken me a long time to admit that, even to myself. For years I was so viciously attacked by the media and the world that I felt like a victim. I now realize that the attacks are actually beside the point. The point is: I behaved badly."

The apology comes as she releases her second book titles, "In Hindsight, What Really Happened: The Revised Edition: John Edwards, Our Daughter and Me," is on sale Tuesday.

It follows her first book that was a New York Times bestseller released in the summer of 2012 where she described intimate details about her affair with Edwards, who she has a 5-year-old daughter with.

In Tuesday's post she says, "I am very sorry for my wrong, selfish behavior. Back in 2006, I did not think about the scope of my actions, how my falling in love with John Edwards, and acting on that love, could hurt so many people. I hurt Elizabeth and her kids. I hurt her family. I hurt John's family."

Her post continued, "Instead of apologizing when I should have, I went on to hurt more people by writing a book."

She said her publisher came up with the idea of going through that book and noting all of her regrets and mistakes.

She said it was an "excruciating" process, but owning past mistakes is an important endeavor to undertake.

Hunter went on to say she hurt people who are married and those who believe in marriage, and she said, unfortunately, she was not thinking about anyone but herself saying that she was "selfish."