Josh Duggar Removes Pornography Addiction Confession From Ashley Madison Statement
By Antoinette Bueno
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UPDATE: After editing his original statement, it appears that Josh Duggar has, once again, included the following admission: "I have secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography on the internet and this became a secret addiction."
It appears Josh Duggar has had a change of heart when it comes to his candid statement on Thursday, which revealed that he had become addicted to watching pornography on the Internet.
The 27-year-old 19 Kids and Counting star has edited his original statement on the Duggar family's official website, so that it now has no mention of watching pornography.
The original statement read, "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."
Now, the statement reads, "I have been the biggest hypocrite ever. While espousing faith and family values, I have been unfaithful to my wife."
Josh released the statement after news broke on Wednesday that the former lobbyist reportedly had two Ashley Madison accounts. Josh's name and information was allegedly linked to two accounts on the site -- which is aimed at clients seeking extramarital affairs -- when hackers released personal data from the site. Gawker reports that someone using a credit card belonging to a Joshua J. Duggar paid nearly $1,000 for two different monthly Ashley Madison subscriptions from February 2013 until May 2015, and the billing address on the first account matches Josh's grandmother Mary's home in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Though this, of course, hasn't been Josh's only scandal. In May, he admitted to molesting five young girls -- four of whom were his younger sisters -- as a teenager.
Josh has been married to his wife, Anna Duggar, since September 2008. They have four children together: Mackynzie, 5, Michael, 4, Marcus, 2, and Meredith, who was born just last month. He asked for prayers for his "precious wife" Anna on Thursday.
"I humbly ask for your forgiveness. Please pray for my precious wife Anna and our family during this time," he wrote.
So far, there has been no comment from Anna. But, the mother-of-four did stick by her husband after his molestation scandal. "[I know] who Josh really is -- someone who had gone down a wrong path and had humbled himself before God and those whom he had offended," she said in a previous statement. "Someone who had received the help needed to change the direction of his life and do what is right."