Josh Duggar and his parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, have released a statement regarding reports linking the 27-year-old to the infamous Ashley Madison website for cheating spouses. The “19 Kids and Counting” reality TV star admitted to viewing pornography and being unfaithful to his wife, Anna Duggar.
Josh posted the following statement on the Duggar Family’s official website:
“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.”
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar released a separate statement on the latest reports regarding their eldest son.
"When we learned of this late last night, our hearts were broken," the two wrote. "As we continue to place our trust in God, we ask for your prayers for Josh, Anna, our grandchildren and our entire family."
On Tuesday hackers released the identities of AshleyMadison.com users. The website provides a dating service for people in marriages or other committed relationships. Information for approximately 32 million users were leaked - including that of Josh Duggar.
Gawker posted images Wednesday linking a credit card with Josh Duggar's name to the website. A Fayetteville, Arkansas, address belonging to Duggar's grandmother, Mary, was also listed. According to the documents, Duggar paid $986.76 for two Ashley Madison subscriptions. The accounts were started in February 2013 and were cancelled in May 2015 -- shortly after allegations surfaced that Duggar molested five minor girls when he was 14 years old, in 2002.
In Touch magazine posted the police reports that detailed the accounts. On May 21, Duggar shared a message on the family's official Facebook page to address the accusations.
"Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably, for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret," he posted. "I confessed this to my parents, who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life. I sought forgiveness from those I had wronged and asked Christ to forgive me and come into my life. I would do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions. In my life today, I am so very thankful for God's grace, mercy and redemption."
Josh Duggar's wife also released a statement at the time, revealing that Josh spoke to her about "his past teenage mistakes" two years before proposing to her.
"I was surprised at his openness and humility and at the same time didn't know why he was sharing it," Anna Duggar explained. "For Josh he wanted not just me but my parents to know who he really was -- even every difficult past mistakes."
Anna, who just gave birth to the couple's fourth child in July, has not released a statement regarding Josh's involvment with AshleyMadison.com.
Cable network TLC officially canceled "19 Kids and Counting" on July 16 after seven years of the series. The network will air a sex abuse documentary inspired by the Duggar scandal on Aug. 30. Josh Duggar's sisters, Jill and Jessa, who were two of his victims, will be featured in the special.