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Josh Duggar, the embattled 19 Kids and Counting star and celebrity focus of the Ashley Madison hacks, has entered a long-term treatment facility to seek help for an unconfirmed problem. (The reason for his potentially being frogmarched there, however, might be easy to deduce given recent headlines.) Duggar’s parents announced the move via their website Wednesday, noting: “His wrong choices have deeply hurt his precious wife and children and have negatively affected so many others.” The statement comes less than a week after Duggar himself released a statement admitting that he was addicted to pornography and that he had cheated on his wife. It is the latest attempt — in a long string of attempts — to save face for the reality personality who kicked off a media maelstrom in May, when he admitted he had molested several underage girls.
Read the family’s full statement below:
We are so thankful for the outpouring of love, care and prayers for our family during this most difficult situation with Josh. 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.
At time of writing, Duggar’s full terms of rehab were unknown.