Bayardelle spoke highly of her husband after the announcement, while also noting the hurdles they faced
Rep. Madison Cawthorn’s ex-wife, Cristina Bayardelle, previously admitted that being married to the North Carolina congressman was “tough” and that the transition into public life had “unexpected” difficulties.
Cawthorn, 26, is no stranger to controversy. A recent video showed America’s youngest member of Congress naked, pressing his groin on a man’s head. The clip appears to be politically motivated, as it was first shared by a website called “Fire Madison Cawthorn” just days before the May 17 North Carolina primary. Latestpagenews previously reported how the North Carolina MP was caught with a loaded Staccato C2 pistol at Charlotte Airport.
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Cawthorn announced in December that he and his wife were divorcing just eight months into the marriage bond. Bayardelle spoke highly of her husband after the announcement, while also noting the hurdles they faced. “Madison is incredible — we’ve had an incredible journey together,” she said in a statement to Fox 46. “Our marriage, like any marriage, has had its difficulties. The lifestyle change into public life has been stressful and many aspects of the transition have been unexpected.”
The North Carolina Republican announced that he and his wife made the “hugely difficult decision” to separate after realizing there were “irreconcilable differences” between them. “When Cristina and I were engaged, I wasn’t a member of Congress. I felt called to serve and we agreed that I should run. Our victory was unprecedented, but overnight our lives changed,” Cawthorn said through his spokesman. “This move has been both hectic and difficult, it doesn’t match the pace or lifestyle we envisioned,” he added.
Cawthorn rose to prominence after defeating former President Donald J. Trump’s proponent of North Carolina’s 11th congressional district, Lydia Bennett. Since then, he has been in the spotlight for his harsh political rhetoric. In August he promised “bloodshed” if there were another “stolen” election. He has also referred to arrested January 6 rioters as “political prisoners”.
Cristina Bayardelle, 28, is a fitness model, athlete, fitness instructor, personal trainer, and entrepreneur from Florida. She reportedly works for fitness company CrossFit and has competed in six different CrossFit tournaments in the past five years. She is now also studying to be an anesthesiologist, according to her social media.
Cawthorn and Bayardelle took their holy vows in a private ceremony with their loved ones on April 3, 2021, following a whirlwind romance.
“I want to live in the world he creates, I just don’t want to be married to someone who changes the world. Although we have agreed to be separated now, we still have a great friendship and there is no ill will. Madison is a fighter — he’s going to help save this country,” Bayardelle said in her divorce statement.
Meanwhile, the Republican firebrand said he and his wife were “dedicated to making things work,” but soon found they couldn’t reconcile his public life and their marriage. “From the beginning, we made a commitment to make things work, to fight for our marriage, and to seek advice to help offset 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. Although it was a tremendously difficult decision, Cristina and I mutually decided to divorce. We ask for privacy as we work through this privately.”
When Cawthorn announced their marriage to the world, he said joining Bayardelle was the “greatest honor, privilege, and adventure of my life.” The couple, who met through mutual friends, went public with their engagement in October 2020. Cawthorn, who was paralyzed in a car accident at the age of 21, previously gushed that he had never seen anyone do as many pull-ups as Bayardelle and that he spent months learning how to kneel to do it to ask the question.
Bayardelle said they “got it” straight away and that she knew he was “the one” just after four months of dating. Cawthorn became the youngest congressman in November 2020 after beating his Democratic rival Moe Davis for the seat in North Carolina’s 11th congressional district.