I have been the biggest hypocrite ever.
The rumors that Josh Duggar owned and maintained an Ashley Madison account, a website that promotes extramarital affairs, have been confirmed.
The uber-Christian and Conservative anti-LGBT activist spoke out today about his latest scandal that was outed by Gawker yesterday after it was discovered that the former reality star owned and maintained two Ashley Madison accounts and spent nearly $1000 on paid subscriptions with an “affair guarantee.”
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar released a statement on their website, saying:
Please see the statement below from our son Josh regarding recent media stories about him. When we learned of this late last night 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.
I have been the biggest hypocrite ever. 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.
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.
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 [the] hurt I have caused so many by being such a bad example.
I humbly ask for your forgiveness. Please pray for my precious wife Anna and our family during this time.
Josh has been married to Anna since September, 2008, and they have four children together. The most recent child was born in August, 2015, but this new scandal may put a damper on their family planning for a while.
This news comes just months after the discovery that Josh had molested five young girls as a teenager, which caused the Duggar family to lose their popular reality show 19 Kids and Counting on TLC.
It just goes to show, overly oppressive religious rules on sex, enforcing abstinence until marriage, side hugging and even withholding a first kiss until the wedding day, does very little to deter the natural human tendency towards sex, but that certainly doesn’t let this “world’s biggest hypocrite” off the hook.
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