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Elizabeth is said to be devastated by the news--however, she is staying with John in part because she has terminal cancer, and also because she is worried about the welfare of her two young children, Emma Claire, 10, and Jack, 8.
People magazine reported that John Edwards didn't confess his affair with Hunter until after he announced his presidential run in December 2006, and that after he did so, Elizabeth had to decide to stay with him or leave.
"There was anguish--excruciating anguish--for her in dealing with this. She couldn't say, 'Well, maybe we'll work through this for years, or maybe we should separate for two years,'" McElroy told the magazine. "[Cancer] forced her to choose whether to move forward."
However, keeping his reputation intact has been increasingly difficult after his televised confession last Friday and rumors that the affair is still going on. Also, there may be a 5-month-old child involved, whose paternity is still a mystery.
"It's so painful for her to see the father of her children become a pariah," McElroy mourned.There's no doubt that Elizabeth's desire to protect her children is admirable--especially during a time when she has her own issues to grapple with.
But how common is it to stay with your husband for the children's sake--and is this a good idea? Experts estimate only about 35 percent of marriages survive an affair--and they point to growing evidence that adultery among parents profoundly affects kids when they reach adulthood. So by staying together, do you teach your kids to weather through marital strife together, or do you just set a bad example?
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