Josh Duggar has checked himself into a “long-term treatment center” following media revelations that he had an account on Ashley Madison, a website designed to facilitate affairs.
A statement posted August 26 on the official website of the Duggar family, widely known for their now-canceled TLC show 19 Kids and Counting, read, “For him it will be a long journey toward wholeness and recovery. We pray that in this he comes to complete repentance and sincere change.”
Josh’s parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, said they “are so deeply grieved by our son’s decisions and actions. His wrong choices have deeply hurt his precious wife and children and have negatively affected so many others. He has also brought great insult to the values and faith we hold dear.”
Hackers leaked the email addresses of 37 million Ashley Madison users earlier this month, and there have been wide-ranging consequences for both prominent and less prominent figures. Divorce lawyers have even claimed that their business has gone up, with more wronged spouses looking to join the 10% of the U.S. population that is divorced.
When his email address appeared in the hacked data, Josh apologized for being “the biggest hypocrite ever” while not directly confirming his use of the 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,” he wrote August 20. “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.”
This is the second major scandal surrounding Josh to rock the Duggar family this year. He resigned his job at the Family Research Council, a conservative lobbying organization, after it was in revealed in May that he had molested several underage girls, including some of his own sisters, when he was a teenager.
19 Kids and Counting was officially canceled on July 16 after running for nine seasons and 227 episodes.
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