Former TLC reality star Josh Duggar has broken his silence following allegations that he had accounts on Ashley Madison, a site that facilitates extramarital affairs, claiming that he has been "the biggest hypocrite ever" and pleading for public forgiveness, according to People.
Duggar, who did not mention the controversial website in a public statement, revealed that he has been secretly viewing pornography over the years and that he also "became unfaithful" to his wife, according to revelations published on the Duggar family website.
"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," he wrote. "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."
Anna Duggar and Josh Duggar pose during the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort Hotel and Convention Center on February 28, 2015 in National Harbor, Maryland. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
He asked for forgiveness and prayer as his family deals with the fallout of these very public revelations.
Duggar's admission was preceded by a brief statement from his parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, who said that their hearts were broken when they learned of the allegations that broke on Wednesday afternoon.
"As we continue to place our trust in God we ask for your prayers for Josh, Anna, our grandchildren and our entire family," they wrote.
Read Josh Duggar's full statement, which was published on the Duggar family's website, below:
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.
Josh Duggar (Image Source: Twitter)
The family's statements come after a previous scandal involving molestation allegations against Josh Duggar that led TLC to cancel the family's popular reality show, "19 Kids and Counting."
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