Republican North Carolina Rep. Madison Cawthorn announced Wednesday that he and his wife are divorcing after less than a year of marriage.
“When my wife Cristina and I were engaged, I was not a member of Congress. I felt called to serve and we both agreed that I should run,” Cawthorn said in a statement. “Our victory was unprecedented, but overnight our lives changed. That change has been both hectic and difficult, it’s neither the pace nor the lifestyle we had planned for.”
“From the outset, we committed to make things work, to fight for our marriage, and seek counsel for balancing the enormity of such a transition in life. Together, we realized that balance was not attainable and that we had irreconcilable differences between us. While it was an enormously difficult decision, Cristina and I have mutually decided to divorce. We ask for privacy as we work through this privately,” he continued.
Cawthorn married Cristina on April 3 of 2021, saying it was the “greatest honor, privilege, and adventure of my life.”
Multiple former college classmates have accused Cawthorn of past sexual misconduct. Four women claim Cawthorn had made sexual comments and touched them inappropriately. Cawthorn denied the accusations, likening the allegations against him to those against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.