Isn't it fun to sit in glass houses and throw stones? Josh Duggar sure thought it was, right up until his Ashley Madison account was exposed by hackers on Tuesday.
After becoming one of the millions of the infidelity website's users who were outed, the 19 Kids and Counting star released on his family's website a statement in which he revealed that he's addicted to porn and cheated on his wife, Anna Duggar.
"I have been the biggest hypocrite ever," the eldest Duggar son, 27, confessed. "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. "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."
The statement has been revised several times and once include a reference to Satan, whom Duggar said built a "fortress" in his heart.
In 2013, Duggar stepped into the role of executive director at Family Research Council Action, the lobbying arm of the conservative group whose mission is "to advance faith, family and freedom in public policy and the culture from a Christian worldview."
Duggar resigned from his post after it was revealed that he molested five young girls when he was a teenager. Two of them were his sisters, Jill and Jessa Duggar.
The embattled reality star addressed his previous impropriety while also apologizing for the Ashley Madison scandal.
"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," he wrote. "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."
As for Anna Duggar, with whom Josh Duggar shares four children: She has so far remained silent, a departure from her previous declaration of support.
Stolen data from Ashley Madison, including email addresses and other information about millions of members, was released by hackers on Tuesday. Gawker sorted through and found a credit card belonging to a Joshua Duggar that had been used to pay for two Ashley Madison accounts between February 2013 and May 2015. The billing address matched that of Duggar's grandmother, and the person who used the card listed interests like "one-night stands," "experimenting with sex toys," and so forth.
A statement from Duggar's parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, asked supporters "for your prayers for Josh, Anna, our grandchildren and our entire family."
Josh Duggar's closing apology sound similarly sincere — "I humbly ask for your forgiveness. Please pray for my precious wife Anna and our family during this time." — but then again, all too familiar.