The Duggar family has released a statement from Josh Duggar
in which he says he's been living a "double life" and calls himself "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.
The news comes less than a day after Gawker reported that Josh Duggar was apparently a user of Ashley Madiso
n, the website for people looking to have extramarital affairs. Duggar's name was one of some 32 million that appeared in a recent dump of user data obtained by hackers targeting the site.
Here's the full statement from the Duggars:
Statement from Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar:
UPDATE: NBC News notes
Please see the statement below from our son Josh regarding recent media stories about him. When we learned of this late last night our hearts were broken. As we continue to place our trust in God we ask for your prayers for Josh, Anna, our grandchildren and our entire family.
Statement from Josh Duggar:
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.
that the statement on the Duggar Family website
has since been revised to remove the references to internet pornography and porn addiction.
Seriously? Josh should know by now that's not the way the internet works.
Screenshot of the revised statement: