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South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford arrives with his wife Jenny at a White House dinner held by U.S. President Barack Obama for the National Governors Association in Washington, in this file photo taken February 22, 2009. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Jenny Sanford, the embattled wife of South Carolina governor, Mark Sanford on Friday filed for divorce six months after he confessed to having an extramarital affair with an Argentinean  woman.

I am now filing for divorce, she said in a statement announcing her decision to file for divorce.

This came after many unsuccessful efforts at reconciliation, yet I am still dedicated to keeping the process that lies ahead peaceful for our family, Sanford added.

The divorce was filed Friday in Charleston County Family Court.

Sanford was named by Barbara Walters as one of the 10 Most Fascinating People of 2009 and in the interview she told Walters, Certainly his actions hurt me, and they caused consequences for me, but they don't in any way take away my own self-esteem.

They reflect poorly on him, she added.

Governor Mark Sanford, 49, disappeared in late June for almost a week to meet his Argentine lover, Maria Belen Chapur, leaving his staff, his wife and the rest of the state in the dark about his whereabouts.

His staff had initially told reporters he was hiking on the Appalachian Trail.

Watch Barbara Walters interview Jenny Sanford: