The estranged husband of Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) is speaking out in support of the controversial congresswoman, saying he is the one responsible for problems in their marriage.
In May, Lauren and Jayson Boebert announced they were divorcing after nearly 18 years of marriage. The couple cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for their separation.
But Jayson revealed some details about the breakup a Facebook message posted on Monday, taking responsibility for the broken relationship.
Jayson’s message began with a greeting to “the people of Colorado’s 3rd District and across the country,” before referring to “the great concerns that are circulating” and “the attacks against Lauren,” a possible reference to the congresswoman’s recent exit from a stage production of ” Beetlejuice” in Denver was part for vaping and groping her date.
The congresswoman initially denied the allegations, but then apologized. She claimed her behavior was partly because she filed for divorce.
Jayson Boebert said he felt People should know the truth “about our broken marriage and the burden it has carried for too long” and said he was “deoverwhelmed by the pain he has caused his wife.
“I take full responsibility for my actions and deeply regret the decisions I made that led to the breakdown of our marriage,” he wrote. “I was unfaithful to Lauren in many ways. I should have always tried my best, just like her. My actions were selfish and thoughtless, and I did not consider the consequences they would ultimately have on the person I care about.”
“This was a devastating divorce for which I take full responsibility,” he added. “It upsets me that everyone thinks she left me for fame or a new lifestyle. That is far from the truth. On the other hand, most of what is said about our family is untrue. Another battle we have faced together for too long. A lot of this is my fault because the problem starts at the root. I am the root.
“The pain I inflicted on Lauren was not only significant, but also something that she carried within herself and that she buried deep within herself as she continued to love people and our country fearlessly and with a smile every day.”
Jayson said he has “embarked on a journey of self-reflection and personal growth” since the split and is “committed to becoming a better man, one who fully appreciates the love and kindness that has been shown to me and can reply.”
He then turned to his estranged wife and said, “IIf you are reading this, please know that I will do everything in my power to restore the trust that has been broken. I am behind you. You are the hardest working person I know, selfless and full of love. I hate the attacks coming your way. This is partly my fault and you don’t deserve this.”
Jayson Boebert then urged readers of his post to “show Lauren grace and mercy during this difficult time” and said she “deserves a chance to earn your forgiveness and regain trust.”
He added: “I broke her in many ways, but she will come out stronger, as she always does, and so will I.”
You can read the full post below.
Lauren Boebert said she appreciated her husband’s contribution.
“I’m grateful to hear Jayson’s heartfelt comments. This is a new time for us. Grace and prayers for our family are welcomed by all.” she told the Daily Beast in a statement.
The married couple first met when she was 16 and he was 22 at a Burger King restaurant where she worked. They married in June 2005, a few months after the birth of their first child, Tyler.
A hearing on her divorce petition is scheduled for October.