Weeks after their pregnancy and subsequent miscarriage videos went viral on YouTube, Sam Rader, one half of vlogging couple Sam and Nia, has admitted to paying for cheating website Ashley Madison. However, the father of two insists that he did not have an affair with anyone from the adultery portal, which has had its database leaked by hackers.
In a video titled Forgiven and published on their YouTube channel, which has amassed more than 361,000 subscribers, Rader, 29, is joined by his loyal wife Nia, 26, as he admits to signing up to the website two years ago out of curiosity. Sam, who claims to be a devout Christian, explains: "This is an issue that is in our past, this was before I got onto YouTube. I brought this to my church at the time.
With Nia nodding in agreement at his side, Rader continues: "This was brought to my wife's attention. She has forgiven me for this mistake that I made and opening the account. I have sought forgiveness from God and he's forgiven me. I've been completely cleansed of this sin and also I need to be clear that I never met with a single person face-to-face through that website."
Watch Sam admit to using Ashley Madison website:
The vlogger continues: "I never had an affair with anybody ever while I've been married to Nia. The account was opened out of pure fleshly desires, sinful curiosity." Sam was forced to come clean about his "association" with the Ashley Madison website after data, which has been leaked by a hacking group , revealed that he had made several payments to access the website.
Rader's admission has come as a shock to viewers of the couple's YouTube channel ,who cheered as he unusually broke the news to his wife that she was pregnant with their third child. In the video, which was published on 5 August and went viral with more than 14.4m views, the vlogger was able to find out the news before Nia herself by taking a sample of her urine and using a pregnancy test.
Watch Sam and Nia's viral pregnancy video:
However, just three days later, the married couple uploaded a second video announcing that Nia had miscarried. On 22 August, reports claimed that Rader had been thrown out of the Vlogger Fair in Seattle, Washington, for allegedly "threatening violence" at other attendees. Providing a comment on the incident to Gawker, Rader admits that he was removed from the event but only had a verbal altercation with one person. He explained: "It was one person, and I didn't make a threat. What happened was there was a couple of fellow vloggers who had ridiculed our family on Twitter regarding the method we were mourning the loss, our miscarriage on Twitter."
He added: "That's absolutely not true. If I made a threat, it was to the one person, and it was: 'You need to watch out before he messes with my family.'"