Mark Sanford’s Fiancee: I Found Out About Breakup From Press

You know the hardest way to be broken up with is finding out on Facebook, right?

Well, no one knows this better than Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford’s now ex-fiancee, who told The New York Times that she was unaware of the breakup until the media started calling and asking her about Sanford’s rambling Facebook post that detailed the reasons for the breakup.

As you will recall, Sanford’s relationship with Maria Belen Chapur started back when he was governor of South Carolina and mysteriously went missing for several days. At the time, his aids told the press he was hiking the Appalachian Trail, but it turns out he was in Argentina in the arms of Chapur and not his wife, now ex-wife and former South Carolina First Lady Jenny Sanford.

Reached by The Times regarding Sanford’s Facebook post, in which he blamed his ex-wife for the breakup, Sanford’s ex-fiancee said it simply was not true in her opinion.

“I think that I was not useful to him anymore — he made the engagement thing four months before the elections… So this is not about his son, this is about his career and his ambitions.”

The Huffington Post reported that the breakup via Facebook between Sanford and his fiancee came after the pair spent a week in Paris, in which she had pressed him to set a date for their wedding.

According to Chapur, she put it all on the line prior to Sanford’s Facebook post of more than 2,000 words.

“I had a spectacular week, you know I love you, but I don’t want to continue in the category of mistress, and if we continue like this I continue in that category, and I can’t bear it anymore. It has been really painful to me.”

In Sanford’s Facebook breakup message, he laid the blame on the breakup on his family.

“No relationship can stand forever this tension of being forced to pick between the one you love and your own son or daughter… And for this reason Belen and I have decided to call off the engagement.”

Sanford served as governor of South Carolina from 2003 to 2011, surviving in office despite his affair with Chapur in 2009. He was elected to the United States House of Representatives, where he began his service from the first district on May 7, 2013. He previously held the same seat from January 3, 1995, to January 3, 2001.

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