Rielle Hunter, who is busy promoting her new tell-all book, What Really Happened, confessed that she and disgraced former vice-presidential candidate John Edwards are no longer an item.

"We are a family, but as of the end of last week, John Edwards and I are no longer a couple," Hunter, who is the mother of Edwards' daugther, Quinn, told Good Morning America.

"For me, it's because I'm no longer interested in hiding," Hunter went on, "hiding our relationship, not living out in the … We had a lot of media scrutiny … and it's complicated and it's hard and it wears you down after awhile." Hunter said that the break-up was on mutual terms but that it was still "hard, painful."

Both Hunter and Edwards have been the objects of public scorn ever since it was revealed that they were having an affair not only while Edwards was running for the Democratic nomination for president but while Edwards' wife, Elizabeth, was dying of cancer.

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