Josh Duggar Admits to Infidelity: 'I Have Been the Biggest Hypocrite Ever'
Josh Duggar has released a statement calling himself “the biggest hypocrite ever” following media reports that he was a paid user of AshleyMadison.com, a dating website for cheating spouses.
The 27-year-old "19 Kids and Counting" star admitted that he has been viewing porn online and was unfaithful to his wife, writing that he’s ashamed of his “double life.”
Hackers said this week that they had released the personal data of AshleyMadison.com users. About 32 million accounts were reportedly affected.
This is not the first scandal for Duggar. Back in May, reports surfaced that he had molested five girls in 2002 and 2003 — including four of his sisters.
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 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.
Criminal defense attorney Eric Guster said on “The Real Story” that we will likely see more big names emerge from the Ashley Madison hack as people continue to comb through the data.