Just one day after it was reported that Josh Duggar was one of the many people whose account with Ashley Madison — a dating service aimed at people in monogamous relationships looking to have affairs — was made public as part of a hack, the 27-year-old has released a statement confirming his infidelity.
In the statement posted to his family’s site, the married father-of-four wrote:
“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 had previously served as the executive director of FRC Action, which is subset of the Family Research Council — a lobbying group that advocates for “traditional family values.”
The group severed ties with the former 19 Kids and Counting star in May, shortly after In Touch Weekly revealed he molested five underage women, including four of his younger sisters, when he was a teenager.
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar also addressed their oldest son’s latest controversy today, saying, “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.”