NewsThu Aug 20, 2015 - 2:17 pm EST
Josh Duggar admits being unfaithful to wife after discovery he had Ashley Madison account
Aug. 20, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) - One month after the birth of his fourth child, Josh Duggar has admitted to cheating on his wife, after Gawker revealed that Josh had maintained two paid accounts on the adultery dating website Ashley Madison.
"I have been the biggest hypocrite ever," said Duggar in a statement. "While espousing faith and family values, I have secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography on the internet and this became a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife."
"I am so ashamed of the double life that I have been living and am grieved for the hurt, pain and disgrace my sin has caused my wife and family, and most of all Jesus and all those who profess faith in Him."
Duggar had previously worked as the Executive Director of the Family Research Council, a leading pro-life and pro-family organization. He resigned from that group in May after revelations came to light that he had molested several sisters and a babysitter when he was 14 years old.
At the time he and his wife stated that Josh had confessed his juvenile crimes to his wife long before they were married, and that his victims had forgiven him. He and his family also stated that he had received professional counselling.
However, the website Gawker put the spotlight back on Josh this week, when it discovered his personal and credit card information amongst the millions of accounts just leaked by hackers who had broached Ashley Madison's systems.
Ashley Madison's infamous slogan is, "Life is short, have an affair."
Less than 24 hours after Gawker released their report, he admitted that the information was accurate.
"I brought hurt and a reproach to my family, close friends and the fans of our show with my actions that happened when I was 14-15 years old, and now I have re-broken their trust," said his statement.
"The last few years, while publicly stating I was fighting against immorality in our country, I was hiding my own personal failings."
"As I am learning the hard way, we have the freedom to choose to our actions, but we do not get to choose our consequences. I deeply regret all hurt I have caused so many by being such a bad example," said Duggar.
"I humbly ask for your forgiveness. Please pray for my precious wife Anna and our family during this time."
Jim-Bob and Michelle Duggar both gave a brief statement saying that they had only discovered Josh's secret infidelities last night, and that when they did "our hearts were broken."
"As we continue to place our trust in God we ask for your prayers for Josh, Anna, our grandchildren and our entire family."
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