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For former South Carolina “Luv Gov” Mark Sanford, a Facebook relationship status update is worth 2,346 words.
Sanford, currently a Congressman, announced his breakup with fiancee Maria Belen Chapur in a wordy release on Friday.
“I cannot do this anymore. In all life there comes a point wherein lines must be drawn in the way that we attempt to respond in ways that don’t invite more in the way of conflict and add more in the way of modeling Christ’s humility in giving in every instance,” Sanford wrote. “No relationship can stand forever this tension of being forced to pick between the one you love and your own son or daughter, and for this reason Belen and I have decided to call off the engagement.”
Sanford, who infamously told his staff he was hiking on the Appalachian Trail while having an affair with his then-mistress in Argentina, still hasn’t given up hope of reconciling with Chapur.
“Maybe there will be another chapter when waters calm with [ex-wife] Jenny, but at this point the environment is not conducive to building anything given no one would want to be caught in the middle of what’s now happening. Belen is a remarkably wonderful woman who I have always loved and I will be forever grateful for not only the many years we have known and loved each other, but the last six very tough ones wherein she has encouraged me and silently borne its tribulations with her ever warm and kind spirit,” he wrote.
Aside from the loving tribute to his most recent ex, Sanford spent most of the post defending himself from his ex-wife Jenny Sanford‘s accusations, made as he said, through her lawyers. The couple divorced in 2010, but they remain embroiled in an acrimonious custody battle over the youngest of their four sons.
On Sept. 2, Jenny Sanford’s attorneys filed court documents asking Sanford to refrain from “consuming or being under the influence of illegal or unprescribed prescription drugs or excessive amounts of alcohol” around their son. It also asked for psychological testing and anger management training.
Sanford addressed these issues in the Facebook post, writing: “I have never taken any illegal drug in my life. I did not drink in high school or college and though I do drink now, my consumption is so limited that my friends give me a hard time about it. I will have but one beer or two when out at a social occasion.”
As for the anger management training, he wrote: “As a public figure people have seen me over twenty years in the highs and lows and most trying of times, and if I was plagued by the afflictions they suggest wouldn’t people have seen me mad or angry by now?”
Sanford returned from political exile to beat comedian Stephen Colbert‘s sister Elizabeth Colbert Busch in 2013 for his seat in the House of Representatives.
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