Josh Duggar enters rehab one week after cheating scandal
One week after Josh Duggar confessed to cheating on his wife, Anna Duggar, and having an addiction to pornography, the 27-year-old reality star has entered rehab.
"We are so thankful for the outpouring of love, care and prayers for our family during this most difficult situation with Josh," reads the statement posted to the Duggar family website Wednesday. "As parents we 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."
"Yesterday Josh checked himself into a long-term treatment center. 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. In the meantime, we will be offering our love, care and devoted support to Anna and our grandchildren as she also receives counsel and help for her own heart and future. During this time we continue to look to God – He is our rock and comfort. We ask for your continued prayers for our entire family."
Josh, who has four children with Anna, has been in the public spotlight since last week after it was revealed that he had been a member of cheating site, Ashley Madison. In his public statement six days ago, Josh confessed to being "the biggest hypocrite ever." His statement was changed several times and at one point he removed the line about his addiction to porn.
At the time of his announcement, his parents, Jim Bob and Michelle, released a pre-statement of their own about his behavior. "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."
PHOTOS: Josh Duggar and Anna throughout the years
Josh and Anna tied the knot in 2008 and have four children together. They most recently welcomed daughter, Meredith Grace one month ago. Since the news, Anna has not released a public statement, but sources close to the pair say she has no plans to leave her husband and that she has been "praying constantly."
The eldest child of the "19 Kids and Counting" family has had a long timeline of trouble, which started back in May, when news broke that he had molested five underage girl as a teenager, two of which were his sisters, Jessa Duggar Seewald and Jill Duggar Dillard.