South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford’s Argentinean mistress, Maria Belen Chapur, has finally spoken out about their extramarital relationship after almost a week of silence and avoiding the media. Chapur released a statement yesterday to Argentinean TV news channels acknowledging her relationship with Sanford but did not reveal many details about their relationship, saying she refuses to speak about her private life, which had already been made “too public and painful.”
The 41-year-old former television producer was, however, quite vocal about the “evil actions” of the hacker who broke into her e-mail and exposed details of the illicit affair to the public. The e-mails released last week revealed intimate conversations between Sanford and Chapur about their feelings for each other. “You are my love. ... Something hard to believe even for myself as it's also a kind of impossible love, not only because of distance but situation. Sometimes you don't choose things, they just happen,” Chapur wrote to Sanford last year.
Friends and colleagues of Chapur who spoke to ABC News referred to her as a very sophisticated woman who spoke about her relationship with Sanford as "simply a matter of love." Sanford has since said that he will not resign from his post as governor. Sanford was one of the members of Congress who publicly spoke out against President Bill Clinton when his affair with Monica Lewinsky came to light, calling Clinton's behavior "reprehensible" and voting for his impeachment.