Enquirer: John Edwards Asked Mistress Rielle Hunter to Marry

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NEW YORK (CBS) - The National Enquirer is reporting that two-time presidential candidate John Edwards has asked for his mistress Rielle Hunter's hand in marriage and plans to buy a luxury home in which the couple and their child will live.

"John has said that when his divorce is final, he'll buy her a diamond ring. But in the meantime, he's getting them a house," the Enquirer claims a "close" unnamed source told them.

The National Enquirer was the first news outlet to reveal the existence of the politician's lovechild with Hunter.

Meanwhile, a legal battle is being waged over an alleged sex tape that Edwards' former aide Andrew Young said shows Edwards and a woman he believes to be Hunter.

Photo: John Edwards and Rielle Hunter.

Hunter sued Young for invasion of privacy and sought the return of what she deemed a private and personal video. A judge agreed and Young was ordered last week to turn over his copies of the tape so they can be placed under seal.

Young is hawking a tell-all book about the former senator called "The Politician."

John Edwards and his wife Elizabeth Edwards are now legally separated after 32 years of marriage, two failed presidential runs, and her ongoing fight with terminal cancer.

More at the National Enquirer

February 8, 2010 - John Edwards Sex Tape: Judge Orders Security to Take Video from Former Aide Andrew Young
January 29, 2010 - John Edwards' Mistress Rielle Hunter: I Want My Sex Tape Back!
January 25, 2010 - John Edwards Sex Tape? The Headline You Knew Was Coming
January 21, 2010 - John Edwards Latest News: Love Child, Yes; Stolen Dirty Diapers and Fake DNA, We'll See
September 21, 2009 - John Edwards Faces Grand Jury and Former Aide Over Love Affair Lies