America’s youngest Congress member is divorcing his wife after a mere eight months of marriage, citing his job as a lawmaker as a factor in the split.
North Carolina Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn, 26, announced Wednesday that he and his wife, Cristina Bayardelle Cawthorn, 27, mutually made the ‘enormously difficult decision’ to divorce after realizing there were ‘irreconcilable differences’ between them.
‘When 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. Our victory was unprecedented, but overnight our lives changed,’ he said in a statement posted by his spokesman.
‘That change has been both hectic and difficult, it’s neither the pace nor the lifestyle we had planned for.’
The couple was wed on April 3, 2021 in an intimate ceremony after sharing a whirlwind romance, in which Bayardelle said she knew he ‘was the one’ after just months of dating.
Their wedding followed a six-month engagement during which Cawthorn was accused of making unwanted sexual advances toward more than 30 women when he attended a Christian college in Virginia for a semester in 2016.
The North Carolina Republican said he and Bayardelle were ‘committed to make things work’ but quickly realized they were unable to balance his role as a public servant and their marriage.
‘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,’ Cawthorn explained.
‘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.’