Former reality TV star Josh Duggar has finally admitted cheating on his wife amid allegations against him in the media.
“I have been unfaithful to my wife,” Duggar, 27, a former campaigner for family values who appeared on the TLC show “19 Kids and Counting” said in a statement.
Apologizing for being the “biggest hypocrite ever”, he came down on his stand radically in view of the Discovery Communications-owned network decision last month canceling “19 Kids,” after disclosures in May that Duggar had sexually abused four of his sisters when he was a teenager, one of whom was under 10 years old at the time.
Duggar said he “acted inexcusably,” and had quit his job at Christian lobbying group Family Research Council.
His earlier apology even mentioned that he was watching pornography but the latest one removed the word. “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.”
Duggar’s parents were shocked. “When we learned of this late last night our hearts were broken,” they said.
The revelations came when hackers this week dumped some data stolen from the Ashley Madison website to which he had subsribed. Duggar is so far the highest-profile person found among the site’s clientele.
The Duggar family’s Facebook page and Twitter were stormed on social media that both had been delinked for the public now.
A TLC show representative declined to comment on it to Reuters, informing that the network will release “Breaking The Silence” on Aug. 30, a documentary on child sex abuse featuring Duggar’s sisters Jill and Jessa, who publicly forgave him for molesting them in the past.
Duggar married to Anna in 2008, has four children.