North Carolina’s Rep. Madison Cawthorn announces divorce

U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn announced on Twitter Wednesday night that he and his wife, Christina, are divorcing after realizing his lifestyle as a congressman didn’t work with their marriage.

Cawthorn, 26, married his wife in a ceremony on Apr. 3, the seven-year anniversary of the car wreck that left him paralyzed.

The couple had legally married months earlier in a private ceremony as Cawthorn began his job representing North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District.

U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn’s warned of election violence in remarks to a North Carolina county GOP gathering. Getty Images

Cawthorn, a first-term Republican, said he and the fitness Instagram influencer were engaged before he became a congressman, and it was his job that led to their split.

“I felt called to serve and we both agreed I should run,” Cawthorn said. “Our victory was unprecedented, but overnight our lives changed.”

He wrote that that change was difficult and hectic and not the lifestyle or pace they planned. Cawthorn went on to say that they went to counseling and fought for their marriage and balance “in the enormity of such a life transition.”

“Together we realized that balance was not attainable, and that we had irreconcilable differences between us,” Cawthorn wrote.

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This story was originally published December 22, 2021 8:21 PM.

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