Josh Duggar in a portrait from the Family Research Council

The latest chapter in the Josh Duggar molestation scandal is that the former executive director of the Family Research Council has secretly been subscribing to Ashley Madison, a site designed to connect married people who want to have affairs. Now Duggar has spoken out about the revelations about his secret sexual habits, which came via a data leak from site.

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In a statement on parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s website, Josh admits to his hypocrisy and asks for forgiveness and prayers, regretting that he “allowed Satan to build a fortress” in his heart. The full statement is below.

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, in my heart I had allowed Satan to build a fortress that no one knew about.

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.

In a prelude to Josh’s statement, Jim Bob and Michelle say the news broke their hearts, but they continue to trust in God and are praying for Josh, daughter-in-law Anna and their entire family.

UPDATE: It appears the statement has been revised since its original posting. Duggar has removed the line about the “secret addiction” of “viewing pornography on the internet” from the first paragraph, the line about “actions that happened when I was 14-15 years old” from paragraph three and the line about allowing “Satan to build a fortress” in his heart has been changed to “I was hiding my own personal failures.”

Gawker has a helpful graphic of the edits made to the statement and below is a screengrab of the original text.

The original text of Josh Duggar's statement

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