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Elizabeth Edwards on People Magazine

Elizabeth Edwards People Cover Hits Newsstands Today

This week's People cover girl isn't as beaming as last week's Brad and Angelina lovefest — Elizabeth Edwards graces the cover — and I think "grace" is really the appropriate word. She seems to be handling the John Edwards trouble about as well as she possibly can. She's issued a statement in support of Edwards, though according to the story inside the mag, her friend says she's really having to tough it out. "There was anguish – excruciating anguish – for her in dealing with this."

She's, of course, weighing her kids, her disease, and her broken trust with her husband — and the youngest kids haven't been told yet what's going on though Elizabeth's brother says, "Children are very wise and know things." While I'm glad there wasn't a "parade the wife to the podium" shot like we saw earlier this year, somehow I feel like this mag crosses my line a bit. I'll read everything there is to read about him — he made his bed, so to speak — but I might just want to leave Elizabeth (even two-dimensional Elizabeth) in peace. What do you think? Are you picking up the issue? Are you glad that John seems to have made the story about him and less about their marriage?

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uptown_girl uptown_girl 8 years
She didn't do an interview did they? It looks to me as though it's a sketchy interview where they take a stock photo of someone & then interview their "friends" and write up a story.
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
I agree Jillness. The wife and the kids are the ones who truly suffer in these situations. I feel bad for Elizabeth. This is not an issue I will be picking up.
em1282 em1282 8 years
I have the same questions as you, popgoestheworld. Also, at the same time, this is an issue that is between Elizabeth and John--I feel badly for the fact that their kids also have to deal with the aftermath. I won't be reading it--not a huge fan of the schadenfreude...
austerity austerity 8 years
Interestingly, did you know John and Elizabeth lost a sixteen-year old son in a car accident back in '98 or so? Wow. First this poor woman loses her child, one of the world's incomparable reasons for grief. Next, she begets cancer. Third, her spouse appears to be a lousy cheat. Indeed, grace is the appropriate word for Elizabeth. I'm not going to pick up the issue but I wish her all the best and may God help her through..
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
It's hard for me sometimes to separate whether people willingly do these mags or if the mags are just using stock photos and quotes from sell-out "friends" to do their stories. Based on the promo material, it would seem like the latter is what happened. Anyone know for sure? If she didn't choose to be on the cover, I think it's personally very distasteful of the magazine to do a full spread on it. I'm sure Elizabeth is suffering enough as it is. I can't even imagine what it would be like to be her right now. Or the kids, for that matter. Way to go John for putting your family through this hell for someone you claim you didn't love. Ugh.
Auntie-Coosa Auntie-Coosa 8 years
No People Mag for me. Media drag these emotionally distraught women into the spotlight and make them something "special" when in reality they're just one of thousands and thousands of women who have husbands (or boyfriends) who can't keep their zippers up. Sex sells so the Media exploits this type of situation. How would YOU like to go to school only to have a classmate ask you personal questions about your father in front of everyone? Should Edwards go "unpunished" you ask. He'll live in perpetual h3ll until he dies because of what he's done to his kids and wife. And what about the other woman? What the heck was SHE thinking when she agreed to get physically close to John Edwards? And why? How can a woman screw up another woman's life by screwing up the other woman's husband? SHE should be held accountable. I dare say no one held a gun to either of them and forced them to do anything. She'll get a book and movie deal and maybe he'll get a wife who sues the other woman for alienation of affection. How would that sound to the Media? A lawyer's wife sues his mistress for alienation of affection! Wish I'd thought of that when my Ex left me and two kids for a girl 12 years his junior.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
I feel so terrible for the wives in these kinds of situations. Not only do I not care who politicians sleep with, I feel that ultimately the scandals that result hurt the wives the most. The kids will also have to live with this as well. Very sad.
theplaiddress theplaiddress 8 years
Yea, she is kind of boring, but she's taking it all like a champ. I want to leave her be.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I wont be picking up the issue, she is boring and so is her perfectly coiffed husband. Michael Phelps should be on the cover instead.
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