YouTube star Sam Rader spoke out on Friday about reports that he had an account on Ashley Madison, the dating website for people seeking to have affairs.
“As you may have seen, my name has been associated with an Ashley Madison account,” the Sam and Nia star said in a video posted on YouTube. “I did make the account two years ago.”
Sam and his wife, Nia, a Christian couple whose pregnancy announcement went viral this month, have more than 360,000 subscribers to their YouTube channel.
The 29-year-old’s membership to Ashley Madison was revealed online following a cyber attack by hackers. Josh Duggar and a Louisiana GOP official were also revealed to be clients of the cheating website.
“This is an issue that is in our past. This was before I got onto YouTube,” Sam said in the video. “This was brought to my wife’s attention. She has forgiven me for this mistake that I made in opening the account. I have sought forgiveness from God and he has forgiven me, so I have been completely cleansed of this sin.”
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Sam said that he never met with anyone face to face through the website and that he never had an affair while he’s been married to Nia. He added that he made the account out of “fleshly desires and simple curiosity.”
The YouTube star added that the video would be his only time discussing the incident. Nia, who was pictured sitting by her husband’s side, also spoke towards the end of the two-and-a-half-minute video saying that she has forgiven Sam.
“Our marriage is worth fighting for and it always will be,” she said. “Marriage is the real deal and it’s been sealed and it’s worth fighting for, it always will be.”
The high school sweethearts found themselves catapulted into the spotlight earlier this month, when Sam revealed to Nia that she was pregnant before even she knew. Sadly, the couple suffered a miscarriage soon after sharing their baby news.
They faced criticism after some online commenters claimed that they had faked the pregnancy to drive traffic to their YouTube channel.
“Absolutely everything is true,” Sam told PEOPLE, “We’re a Christian family, the last thing we would ever do is deceive our audience. We’re very open with our fans.”