Former senator John Edwards admitted Thursday to fathering a child with mistress Rielle Hunter after initially denying paternity.

The child, Frances Quinn Hunter, will soon turn two and was fathered with the filmmaker hired before his second White House bid.

I am Quinn's father, the former senator declared in his statement released to the Associated Press.

I will do everything in my power to provide her (Frances) with the love and support she deserves. I have been able to spend time with her during the past year and trust that future efforts to show her the love and affection she deserves can be done privately and in peace, he added.