Jenny Sanford: Racy e-mails were the last straw

The StateFebruary 3, 2010 

Jenny Sanford told ABC News her marriage was over after reading racy e-mails between her husband, Gov. Mark Sanford, and his lover.

The e-mails, obtained by The State, included intimate details of an affair.

The e-mails were published after Sanford admitted to carrying on a yearlong relationship with an Argentine woman.

Jenny Sanford tells ABC News, in an interview that will be broadcast Friday at 10 p.m., that the e-mails were a breaking point. Three of her sons read the e-mails, she said in the interview, conducted by Barbara Walters.

"He talks about her tan lines and parts of her body in the e-mails . . . nothing, nothing you ever want your children to read on the Web." Jenny Sanford said.

"Their world's been turned upside-down as well. It is something that is now a part of their lives. . . . They're not happy. They're not proud. . . . It just ripped me up, to see them reading these e-mails, and to see them have to grow up so fast."

The Sanfords attempted to reconcile after Mark Sanford admitted to an affair, which came after the governor told his staff he was leaving to hike the Appalachian Trail when he was actually visiting his lover in Argentina.

Jenny Sanford has written a book, "Staying True," in which she talks about coping with her husband's infidelity. The book will go on sale Friday.

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