He’s hoping to turn a new leaf. The divorce between Jersey Shore star Jenni “JWoww” Farley and her estranged husband Roger Mathews took a turn for the worse after she released a statement accusing him of abuse earlier this week. But Mathews, 43, responded to accusations and now, in a second statement, he is addressing the 32-year-old reality star directly with an emotional plea.

“I am extremely saddened. Saddened, as I lay here next to both of our children that we could not have found a better way to handle our differences,” the statement read, which is posted on Mathews’ website. “You and your post have made me a monster. I took down my posts which was recommended by both of our councils, yet you leave yours up and bask in your glory of tearing down the father of your children.”

He went on to deny that he is the “wife beater” that Farley painted him out to be. In her original statement, Farley called Mathews an “abuser to the core,” and she claimed that he allegedly spit at, pushed, and shoved her, and Mathews seemed to confirm that he did get physical with his wife on at least two occasions. “I take responsibility for that night in question, and one other night that I can think of that, I pushed you,” he wrote.

Mathews then accused Farley of punching him in the face and called her the “aggressor” in their domestic violence incidents.

But then Mathews addressed his wife directly and pleaded with her. “I am not a monster. We’ve both embarrassed ourselves out of anger. Let’s stop the madness. Let’s stop the anger. Let’s stop the lies. Let’s work together for our children,” Mathews wrote. “Let’s write a book one day on the wrongs we have committed and how we bettered ourselves. At the very least try and be friends.”

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Serenity. Why do I post pics of my kids sleeping ? Because it’s usually in the middle of the night and there is a calmness, and a stillness and a time to reflect on things and how magnificently elegant they really are. Expressionless moments where their minds ponder in another realm and it’s beautiful to me. (At least a handful of people will comment, “Why are you fake sleeping ?” I’m not, I’m wide awake. You try staring into 50 lumens camera flash in a pitch black room and tell me you can see anything for the next 3 minutes. That shit can’t be good for your eyes. )

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“I am sorry for some of the things I have done. I am. I think we are so used to our lives playing out in a public forum we let it get the best of us and we lost sight of what’s best for our children,” he continued. “We can still do a lot of good in the world. I do not hate you. If I can forgive you and you can forgive me certainly the world can try and forgive us. Please let’s stop the madness. Let’s both get help. For our children. We owe them that. I am not an abuser Jenni and you know it. We look like a–holes to the world. We are. We are both a–holes. Let’s raise our kids better. I want to help you. Please try and help me. We need each other. Not in the way we once did but this madness has to stop.”

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