Sarah Palin, former vice-presidential candidate and governor of Alaska, found out that her husband was seeking a divorce when she received an email from an attorney. Palin discussed her ongoing situation with Christian broadcaster James Dobson in an interview that was released on Tuesday.
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 in Anchorage Superior Court, according to the Anchorage Daily News.
She described the filing that came shortly after their 31st wedding anniversary as devastating. “I thought I got shot,” she said. Palin said she and her husband are going through counseling and their marriage isn’t “over, over.” She said attorneys are “getting rich” off them.
She described to Dobson the last year as being in a lull. She said it wouldn’t help going through this period of her life if the media were hounding her, which may be one reason 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.
Dobson had asked how people could pray for her. Palin said the prayer would be 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 said.
Palin later said God doesn’t want families to split up. “And to me, in a general sense, marriage is so extremely important as foundation of our nation,” she said. “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.”
The Palins have five children, one of whom is a minor. Palin was the 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee. She is a former Fox News contributor who has written best-selling books and for years had a political action committee.