Rielle Hunter -- John Edwards' former mistress who bore his love child -- claims she and the former Vice-Presidential candidate still very much love each other ... and always will.

 Rielle Hunter
Hunter -- who's kept silent since the affair began in 2006 -- tells GQ: "I know he loves me. I have never had any doubt at all about that. We love each other very much. And that hasn't changed, and I believe that will be till death do us part."

Hunter insists she wasn't the "home wrecker" and that Edwards' relationship with his wife was already broken when Hunter and Edwards met: "It was just this, this magnetic force field like I had never experienced."

Hunter says there are no plans for the former couple to get married ... but so far, Edwards has been "a great father" to their daughter.

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