Josh Duggar's sins didn't end with his sexual assaults on his sisters. The 19 Kids & Counting star admitted on Thursday that he had been unfaithful to wife Anna and kept a paid account on affair website Ashley Madison.
"I have been the biggest hypocrite ever," Duggar said in a bombshell statement posted on the family website. "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," he continued.
Referencing his confession earlier this year that he had fondled his siblings as a teen, he said, "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."
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"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," he begged. "Please pray for my precious wife Anna and our family during this time."
In their own statement, parents Jim Bob and Michelle said, "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."