Sam Rader is coming clean. Only hours after it was revealed that the Christian YouTube star had an Ashley Madison account, he posted a video with his wife to set the record straight and revealed that his wife, Nia, has forgiven him for his huge mistake.
This Ashley Madison scandal just isn’t going away. YouTube sensation Sam Rader, best known for the viral video announcing his wife’s pregnancy (and later her tragic miscarriage), confessed that he had an Ashley Madison account in an emotional video titled “FORGIVEN” posted on Aug. 21 with Nia by his side. Nia said she’s forgiven him, and now he’s been “completely cleansed of this sin.”
“This is an issue that is in our past. This was before I got onto YouTube,” The Sam & Nia star 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.”
Sam made it clear that he “never had an affair” with anyone from the site. “This account was opened out of pure fleshly desire and just simple curiosity,” he admitted in the video. At the end of the video, Nia said, “I have forgiven Sam and I stand behind him. This is in our past and it’s unfortunate that it’s being dug up now but our marriage is worth fighting for.”.
Sam was revealed to be an Ashley Madison user after the site was hacked. 19 Kids & Counting star Josh Duggar was also a client of the website. In a long note accompanying the video, Sam wrote that he created the account in what was “clearly a bad moment in my life and I acted on a sinful desire to be with another woman but never came close to going through with it.”
He said his family will be moving forward with their lives and asked his fans to pray for him. “I am very sorry for my actions and regret it immensely,” he wrote. “Our family would like to move on despite the hatred and criticism that will certainly ensue.”
Sam and Nia became internet sensations after Sam posted a YouTube video on Aug. 5 announcing Nia’s pregnancy before she even knew. The video has over 14 million views. Sadly, three days later, they announced Nia had a miscarriage in a heartbreaking video.
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— Avery Thompson