Josh Duggar Admits to Being Unfaithful, Porn Addiction: 'I'm the Biggest Hypocrite Ever'


Josh Duggar, who was the subject of a molestation scandal that involved his own sisters earlier this year, admitted Thursday to being unfaithful to his wife Anna Duggar and claimed he has an addiction to porn, the Daily Mail reports.

The confession comes shortly after Gawker reported Josh Duggar, 27, paid for at least two accounts on Ashley Madison, a controversial website that helps married people cheat on their partners. The website was recently hacked and Gawker found data that allegedly links the former member of the anti-gay conservative group the Family Research Council to Ashley Madison.

Though Josh Duggar doesn't explicitly say he paid for the Ashley Madison accounts in the newly released statement, he does confess he has been unfaithful to his wife and claims he is addicted to porn, calling himself a "the biggest hypocrite ever."

He said (via the Daily Mail):

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.

The Ashley Madison hack has impacted more than 37 million users, revealing names, addresses, phone numbers, credit card info and more sensitive data to the public. So far, it seems Josh Duggar is the biggest name to tied to the incident.

In Gawker's report, the website shows credit card information that links Josh Duggar to at least two Ashley Madison accounts that were used in 2013 through 2015. Read the full story by clicking here.

The Daily Mail notes Josh and Anna Duggar married in 2008.

The latest Duggar scandal comes just a few months after revelations that Josh Duggar molested five children, including his four sisters when he was a teenager in 2002. Though he was never charged with a crime (police learned of the incident after the statue of limitations expired), the story caused the Duggar family's TLC reality show "19 Kids and Counting" to be pulled off the air. Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are allegedly pitching a new reality show in which they offer advice to young victims of sexual abuse, however.


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