Former evangelical pastor Ted Haggard's wife says she knew about his struggles with same-sex attraction for years and felt he was "winning the battle" before a scandal involving a male prostitute triggered his downfall in late 2006.
Gayle Haggard makes the remarks in an appearance with her husband on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" to air Wednesday. She said she was shocked when Haggard first told her the truth about the allegations against him.
"The first words out of my mouth were, 'Who are you?"' she said, according to a publicity release issued today by Harpo Productions.
However, Gayle Haggard also said her husband told her early in their 30-year marriage that he "struggled with some thoughts."
"I felt it was the thing that could destroy Ted if he gave in to it," she said. "So I prayed for him and I felt as though he was winning the battle." . . .
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Flash: self-deception still knows no bounds