comScore

Josh Duggar Confesses to Cheating, ‘Porn Addiction’: ‘I Have Been the Biggest Hypocrite Ever’

Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 1.52.16 PM

Three months after 19 Kids and Counting reality show star Josh Duggar admitted to sexually molesting several young girls, including his own sisters, he became the first big celebrity name to be outed in the hack of Ashley Madison, a website that helps married people find sex partners.

Duggar, who was forced to resign from his position at the Family Research Council, has released a statement on his family’s website in which he confesses to infidelity, porn addiction and more.


Read the full statement 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

Above Josh Duggar’s statement on the website, he parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar wrote that their “hearts were broken” when they first heard about their son’s connection to Ashley Madison. “As we continue to place our trust in God we ask for your prayers for Josh, Anna, our grandchildren and our entire family,” they added.

For years, Josh Duggar made public speeches against LGBT Americans, arguing that the gay “lifestyle” is harmful to children and families. His family has endorsed Mike Huckabee for president and following the molestation scandal the candidate stood by Duggar, saying, “Good people make mistakes.”

[Photo via Reuters/Brian Frank]

— —

>> Follow Matt Wilstein (@TheMattWilstein) on Twitter

Have a tip we should know? [email protected]

Filed Under: