Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told a Christian broadcaster she was “devastated” when she learned her husband was seeking a divorce in an email from his attorney — and she’s asking for prayers to help her through her rough times.
The revelation came in an emotional interview released Tuesday with James Dobson, founder of the Family Talk Christian ministry.
He said the interview had been conducted previously.
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Palin said she received an email on June 19 from the attorney, almost three months before Todd Palin filed for divorce on his birthday in September.
She described the filing that came shortly after their 31st wedding anniversary as devastating.
“I thought I got shot,” she said.
Palin said they’re going through counseling and their marriage isn’t “over, over.” She also complained that attorneys are “getting rich” off the divorce proceedings.
Dobson had asked how people could pray for her.
Palin said that prayer would be good for her, and asked they should pray for “God’s will to be done, but that God would make sure that we know that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side ….” And “it still has to be mowed,” Dobson said, interrupting her.
“And it still has to be mowed,” she repeated.
She later said the divorce has been hard on her children. The Palins have five children, one of whom is a minor. They also have five grandchildren.
“It helps me. They’re not ones to say, ‘Oh, it takes two to tango,’” she told Dobson. “No, they’re mad because they have been brought up with that teaching that you have made a covenant with God.”
Palin later said God doesn’t want families to split up. “And to me, in a general sense, marriage is so extremely important as a foundation of our nation. It helps make America that much greater, is that security of family, and I’m not to the point of wanting mine to be split,” she said.
Palin was the 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee. She resigned as governor in 2009.
She is a former Fox News contributor who has written books and for years had a political action committee.
She described to Dobson the last year as being in a “lull” in her career — but said that may be a blessing in disguise.
Palin said it would be harder going through this period of her life if the liberal media were “hounding” her.
Maybe that is one of the reasons for the lull.
“Yeah, maybe that’s why God has had them not be so interested lately” because God knew what was coming, she said.
The Associated Press contributed to this article