Almost six months after her husband Governor Mark Sanford admitted to having an extramarital affair, First Lady Jenny Sanford filed for divorce. She says Governor Sanford’s actions are “inexcusable” and she wants out. The first lady has filed for divorce after her husband’s confession to having a mistress in Argentina. The governor back in June called Maria Chapur his “soul mate.”
This week on Barbara Walter’s “10 Most Fascinating People of 2009” special, Walters asked the first lady if this meant she was not the governor’s soul mate and she replied: “clearly not.” Over the summer, Jenny Sanford said she was willing to reconcile the marriage, while she lived with the couple’s four boys in Sullivans Island.
In a statement by the first lady today:
As so many of us know, the dissolution of any marriage is a sad and painful process. It is also a very personal and private one. Because Mark and I are public figures, we have naturally had less privacy with which to deal with our difficulties than do other couples. Indeed, I know it will soon become known so I choose to release this brief notice that I am now filing for divorce. This came after many unsuccessful efforts at reconciliation, yet I am still dedicated to keeping the process that lies ahead peaceful for our family.
I remain thankful to so many across this state and nation for their words of encouragement and prayers during this difficult time. Please know the boys and I are doing well and are blessed with the incredible support of friends and family and bolstered by our faith and the unfailing love of our God above.