A new court document obtained by The Christian Post says that Art TerKeurst, who is no longer married to Lysa TerKeurst, author and head of Proverbs 31 Ministries, had an affair with a woman he met on the website SugarDaddy.com and spent over $118,000.
It was reported in January 2022 that the couple was going to get a divorce. TerKeurst first asked for a divorce in 2017, 18 months after finding out that her husband had been cheating on her and using drugs. Later, they tried to get back together and renewed their vows in 2018.
Three years later, though, TerKeurst said that her husband had been cheating on her again and that she needed to “accept reality.”
“Over the past several years, I have fought really hard to not just save my marriage, but to survive the devastation of what consistent deception of one spouse does to the other,” TerKeurst wrote in the announcement. “It’s brutal and heart crushing to constantly fear the hurtful choices of someone you love. I’ve had to learn the hard way there’s a big difference between mistakes (which we all make) and chosen patterns of behavior that dishonor God and the biblical covenant of marriage.”
A divorce filing showed that Art TerKeurst had spent six figures on his affair, which included buying a “pre-engagement left-hand ring” and paying for the woman to move from Atlanta, GA to a place close to his home in Charlotte, NC, according to The Christian Post.
In February 2022, Art TerKeurst responded to the divorce petition, according to Ministry Watch. In it, he asked for alimony, an equal split of property, and damages.
In the filing, he tried to get out of a previous post-nuptial agreement that he said he had to sign under duress while he was having suicidal ideas and was about to start alcoholism treatment. TerKeurst says he wasn’t able to properly talk to a lawyer before signing the deal because his friends and family told him to.
Art TerKeurst also said that the previous post-nuptial agreement wasn’t valid because the pair chose to get married again in 2018. In contrast to Lysa TerKeurst’s description of him in her April motion, he said that he “has been a faithful and dutiful spouse” since the signing of the original post-nuptial agreement.
She said that he had dropped out of the alcohol abuse treatment program and had shown “narcissistic and sociopathic tendencies” over the years.
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In an April Instagram post, Lysa TerKeurst wrote, “I’ll never forget asking my counselor to help me process how I finally got to the place where I said, ‘No more. No more devastation. No more betrayal. No more being lied to. No more.’”
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