Former reality TV star Josh Duggar issued another public apology today. Yesterday, Duggar’s name was found in the user information from the site Ashley Madison—an online hookup service for people who want to cheat on their spouses—which was released by activist hackers. Now, he has released a statement, apologizing for actions.
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. 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 humbly ask for your forgiveness. Please pray for my precious wife Anna and our family during this time.
The full statement is available on the Duggar family website. In May, the magazine In Touch Weekly published a redacted police report, which revealed that Duggar molested several young girls, including his own sisters, when he was a teenager. In the wake of the revelations, TLC canceled the show and Duggar apologized to fans for his actions. On the show, his family frequently referenced their Christian faith. Josh also once worked as the executive director of the Family Research Council, a lobbying group for conservative causes.
Aaron Cline Hanbury is a contributing editor for RELEVANT. You can follow him on Twitter at @achanbury