‘Enormously difficult’: GOP Rep. Cawthorn separates from wife of eight months

U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) has announced the end of his marriage just eight months after his wedding.

According to the New York Post, the lawmaker cited his position on Capitol Hill as a contributing factor in the separation.

“We both agreed that I should run”

“When my wife Cristina and I were engaged, I was not a member of Congress,” he tweeted. “I felt called to serve and we both agreed that I should run.”

After Cawthorn won his race, however, he said that the couple’s lives were immediately different.

“That change has been both hectic and difficult, it’s neither the pace nor the lifestyle we had planned for,” he explained. “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.”

In the end, they “realized that balance was not attainable,” the congressman added.

“While it was an enormously difficult decision, Cristina and I have mutually decided to divorce,” Cawthorn concluded. “We ask for privacy as we work through this privately.”

“We still have a great friendship”

Cawthorn, who was partially paralyzed in a car crash, married Cristina Bayardelle on the seventh anniversary of that collision earlier this year.

The couple kept their relationship private until announcing their engagement in October 2020. Although they appeared to be affectionate, it appears that politics played a role in dissolving their bond.

Furthermore, the congressman has been hounded by allegations of sexual misconduct stemming from his years in college. Although he denied the claims of his accusers, the controversy has cast a cloud over his term in office.

For her part, Bayardelle issued a statement of her own, explaining: “I want to live in the world he creates, I just don’t want to be married to someone changing the world. While we have agreed to be apart now, we still have a great friendship and there’s no ill will. Madison is a fighter — he will help save this country.”

It is unclear to what extent Cawthorn’s demanding job and the recent scandal played in his impending divorce. In any case, the end of such a young and once-promising marriage is a regrettable development.

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