The former 19 Kids and Counting star had two paid subscriptions for the infidelity website, in which he was guaranteed an affair
Josh Duggar did not have to release any of his financial information in order to access Ashley Madison, the website created for those seeking extramarital affairs.
A few months after apologizing for his “wrongdoing” in the child molestation scandal, Duggar has confessed to cheating on his wife Anna, developing an Internet pornography addiction (which he later removed from his statement) and signing up for two paid subscriptions to Ashley Madison.
The “infidelity site,” which prides itself with the motto “Life is Short. Have an Affair,” is similar to most online dating sites: It’s free … to a certain extent.
According to the site, its service is completely free to sign up as a guest member. However, guest members have limited site usage.
As a guest member, you can receive winks, send and receive photos, add members to your Favorites list, reply to any “Full Member” and perform searches. However, a guest member cannot initiate any contact with full members.
As a full member, or a paid member, users are able to send a custom mail message, initiate a chat session, send a priority message or send virtual gifts to express his/her interest with the purchase of credits, according to the site.
Ashley Madison is different from other online dating sites in that users do not pay for monthly subscriptions but rather pay for credits. These credits can give you access to many different features, depending on how many you purchase.
Then, there is the “affair guarantee.”
According to the data, which was released by hackers on Tuesday, Duggar paid an initial fee of $249 that seems to have gone toward the purchase of an “affair guarantee.” This paid feature can “increase your chances of having an affair from possibly to definitely or your money back,” according to the site.
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Amid the controversy, Duggar released a statement on the family’s website, calling himself “the biggest hypocrite ever.”
“While espousing faith and family values, I have been unfaithful to my wife,” the statement continued. “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.”
As far as Duggar’s wife Anna is concerned, it seems like she will continue standing by her husband’s side.
“Anna will not leave him,” a source with ties to the family told PEOPLE. “As with her in-laws, she is turning more to her faith than ever. She and Josh are probably praying around the clock right now, I would assume.”