The Real Housewives of Orange County alum addressed the cheating allegations, as well as reports that he filed for divorce from Meghan after five years of marriage, in a statement to Us Weekly on Saturday, October 26. “It’s dangerous, irresponsible and hurtful to all to allow a rumor to be spread to the world because of insecurities,” he said.
Jim opened up more about the allegations in a lengthy note on Instagram on Monday, October 28. "It’s one thing to be accused of something. It’s another thing to be so negligent and so careless, and ruin the lives of innocent young people," he wrote. "I did not sleep with our nanny. She’s not just a nanny, she is someone that we brought into our house and promised to protect and look after while she was in our home. We have been treating and raising this young girl like she is our own child. For someone to accuse me of sleeping with her is not only wrong, it’s disgusting and irresponsible."
He added, "We made a promise to that young [girl's] mom, that we would take care of her and make sure that she was safe while she was in our hands. I will not sit here and take this bulls--t without fighting back."
"We all make mistakes. This is not one of those times," Jim ended the message. "My heart is broken for everyone involved. If you get anything out of this post get the truth."
Us Weekly first reported that Meghan had accused Jim of having an affair with their children's nanny before he filed for divorce on Friday, October 25, citing multiple sources. One insider told the publication that Meghan confronted Jim and the nanny, but they both denied the allegations.
Meghan, who shares three children with Jim — daughter Aspen, who turns 3 in November, and 1-year-old twin sons Hart and Hayes — appeared to address the cheating rumors in the comments to a post she shared on Instagram on October 25. One of the commenters wrote, "Judging by Jim's Instagram, I'm guessing it's nanny Carly whom he posted NINE photos of 11 months ago. And she has deleted her IG," to which Meghan replied with a thumbs up emoji.
The Edmonds family has four nannies and one live-in au pair, according to Us Weekly.
This news comes in the aftermath of an alleged cheating scandal over the summer in which Jim admitted to having "an inappropriate conversation" with another woman while Meghan was pregnant with their twin boys in March 2018. “At no time was there any type of relationship or physical contact. Absolutely none," Jim noted in a statement to Us Weekly at the time.
Meghan spoke exclusively to The Daily Dish on the couple's fifth wedding anniversary on October 24, right before the divorce and cheating reports hit, sharing that she and Jim were in counseling. "We're just still working it day by day," she said. "I think after such a breach of trust, it's so hard to rebuild from there, especially [with] so many distractions, like our son's health problems and two other little babies [daughter Aspen and Hart's twin brother, Hayes], as well. And so to focus on the two of us as a couple, is really hard."
However, Meghan seemed optimistic that she and Jim could get their marriage back on track. "I think people can change — and people screw up and people can change. I'm in no way taking responsibility from him or accountability — and if we were just dating, he would be long gone," she said. "But we built a life together and there are so many lives that would be affected. I'm hurt right now and our life is massively affected, but if we were to split just because of his indiscretion then there's multiple other people who are affected, as well. So I owe it to not only myself and the commitment I made to my marriage to work on it, but I owe it to my children."
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