Disgraced reality TV star Josh Duggar admitted Thursday to leading a “double life” that included viewing pornography and being “unfaithful to my wife,” he said in a statement — which was later edited. Duggar, who became mired in scandal when he admitted in May to molesting five girls, including his sisters, while in his teens, did not specifically mention using the website. But he said his actions have made him the “biggest hypocrite ever.”
While Duggar used the above words in both an original statement and a later revised version, the first version said: “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.”
A revised version posted later Thursday afternoon took out all references to pornography. “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,” he continued, in both versions.
Duggar’s latest revelation comes after reports in Gawker and The Hollywood Reporter claim two accounts on the infidelity website, Ashley Madison, appear to be linked to the 27-year-old father of four. The site was apparently hacked this week, and personal information from millions of its users was published online.
Duggar in 2013 had been named the executive director of the Family Research Council, a conservative Christian group that lobbies lawmakers. “The last few years, while publicly stating I was fighting against immorality in our country, I was hiding my own personal failings,” he added.
Duggar’s parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, said in a separate statement that their “hearts were broken” when they learned Wednesday night of their oldest son’s indiscretions. The Duggars had been stars of the TLC hit, “19 Kids and Counting,” which wascanceled in July in the wake of the molestation admission.