Finally, he admits what most of America already knew ... he IS the father.
Single Mom Seeking: A few months ago, I wrote an open letter to Rielle Hunter asking why she wouldn't go through with a paternity test to confirm that onetime Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards was the father of her daughter. WHY? I just couldn't understand it.Clearly, Hunter and Edwards have their reasons for keeping Frances Quinn Hunter's father a secret for almost two years. We may never know them.
But this morning, the truth came out. John Edwards finally admitted he was the "Baby Daddy."
The truth would have come out soon enough, thanks to his former aide, Andrew Young, whose book detailing the paternity scandal is due out on Feb. 2.
Why did Edwards wait until now to out himself?
Was it really, as the book Game Change reported, just because he wanted to earn a spot as a speaker at the 2008 Democratic Convention, and this shame would have cost him that position? Only he knows.
In the end, however, no one can deny why this might be crushing for their almost-2-year-old daughter, whom Edwards first denied as his own.
I can't help but think of Lisa Belkin's recent guest post in the New York Times: "My Husband's Son: Coming to Terms with a Family's Secret."
Belkin first explains why she's running the column, in which writer Sara Brown publicly reveals for the first time in her life that her husband had a "secret" child:
"Because 40 percent of births in the U.S. today are to single mothers, but every one of those children has a father (though some, nowadays, are more technically 'donors'), and many of those fathers are like her husband, wondering what it means to be a father to a child you do not raise or love."
Doesn't it make you wonder about Frances Quinn: what will it be like for her to grow up, wondering why her father did not raise her or acknowledge her for so long?
To me, that's heartbreaking.
|Rachel Sarah, a.k.a. "Single Mom Seeking" blogs at SingleMomSeeking.com and co-founded SingleMommyHood.com, the first-ever website to offer "a whole new way to think about life."|