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Amanda Guglielmucci’s Strength in Official Interview

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The Adelaide Advertiser today released an interview with Amanda Guglielmucci.

For the sake of completeness in this story, and because of the tens of thousands of people who are coming here to find out about this sad state of affairs, I’m posting it here.

Speaking exclusively to The Advertiser, Amanda Guglielmucci, 29, defended her husband, who faked a two-year battle with cancer.

She insisted he was a good man, trapped by lies which had spiralled out of control.

“I know he’s not an evil man, there’s not evil in his heart,” she said.

Mrs Guglielmucci, who is staying in their Sydney home while Michael is with his family in Adelaide’s southern suburbs, said she would try to salvage her marriage.

“I know that I love him, I know that much,” she said.

“We’re just not going to rush anything, we’re gonna walk through the process, however slowly it needs to happen, in order for the healing and restoration to be complete and then we’ll go from there.”

She has turned to a counsellor to help cope with her husband’s massive deception, which has shocked not only his family’s church, Edge Church International, but the world-wide Christian movement.

“I’m actually seeking professional counselling myself. I need to be able to unravel a lot of emotion that’s bombarding me at the moment, I owe it to myself to work through that properly, and to him,” she said.

“I had questions after the shock of it all, but my initial thoughts after hearing that were a sense of sorrow for the church and that a lot of people were going to be hurt because of it.”

Just 15 days ago, the world-renowned pastor and songwriter sat his wife of seven years down at their Sydney home and told her the awful truth.

“I was the first one he told, he confessed everything to me,” Mrs Guglielmucci said.

“He just went through it – where it had started, everything in his life as a young kid, the patterns. He was crying, sobbing actually, absolutely sobbing, he just said `I don’t have cancer’.

“He was terrified, I still remember the look on his face . . . it was a very hard moment for him, as it was for me hearing it.”

Despite his elaborate deception and his admission of an addiction to adult pornography, Mrs Guglielmucci said it was feelings of sympathy and shock rather than anger that overwhelmed her.

“I could just see a really broken, unwell man. At that point I found it really quite hard to get angry,” she said.

“Seeing your husband of seven years absolutely sobbing in front of you, risking everything coming forward and telling the truth – in that instance it was really hard to be angry or mad.”

Mrs Guglielmucci said she understood people struggled to believe she could not have known her husband was faking his illness. However, she maintained his real symptoms – vomiting, hair loss and apparent pain – never gave her reason to suspect otherwise.

“I never questioned it, when you love someone you trust them. I had no reason not to trust him,” she said.

“Perhaps I feel a little bit foolish in this, hindsight’s a fabulous thing . . . but I’m trying not to beat myself up.”

Mrs Guglielmucci even quit work to look after her ailing husband. “In the middle of the night he was in so much pain I would put towels in the microwave to try and give him some relief in his back,” she said.

However, she never attended doctors’ appointments with him, a move she now regrets.

“Before I stopped working to care for him, I was busy, he’d have doctor’s appointments when I couldn’t be there and he would say `it’s fine you don’t need to be there’,” she said.

“Or I would just drop him off at the hospital.”

While his initial confession to his wife did include his addiction to porn, Mrs Guglielmucci said she had not even begun to process that element of his deception.

“We’re only talking two weeks (since admitting his lies), there’s a lot of stuff to deal with,” she said.

“That sort of side of things hasn’t really hit me yet, there’s many levels and layers to everything. I can almost talk about it like I’m removed from it. That’s where the professional help will help me work through that – it hasn’t hit me yet.”

Mrs Guglielmucci said her faith in God had remained unmoved throughout the ordeal.

“At times like this, it’s just a stronger resolve,” she said.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – pray for them all – all of the Guglielmucci family. Hold them in your prayers.

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August 27, 2008 at 9:45 pm

Update on Planetshakers and Mike Guglielmucci – What Happens to the Music Now?

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Following on from my recent post Planetshakers and Mike Guglielmucci – What Happens to the Music Now?, it was revealed on Today Tonight:

I don’t have any desire to attain any financial gain from that, we’re already making stages to sign those royalties over…

It was also revealed that Mike Guglielmucci did not receive financial gain from his Today Tonight interview.

I’m glad that he accepted the offer of an honest interview with Today Tonight rather than having them hound him down and slander his name in usual disgraceful tabloid media style.

But at the same time, I wonder where this leaves Mike Guglielmucci now.

As I understand, the church has been most of his life. Now, he’s stripped of his credentials as a pastor, he’s signing back his song royalties, he’s handing back moneys to unhappy Christians who donated to his cause (keeping in mind that some [or perhaps much] of this money will have already been spent on Mike’s basic living costs).

And he’s just about to begin intensive psychological treatment – which may be overseas (as has been suggested by Mike’s renowned father, Danny Guglielmucci).

Who will support Mike in his rehabilitation?

Where will the money come from for Mike’s treatment?

Who will be there to support Amanda Guglielmucci – financially, spiritually and emotionally? She’s just received a massive shock when, roughly 2 weeks ago, her husband’s cancer was revealed to be a lie.

What will Mike do now, given that it’s unlikely that he’ll be restored fully in the eyes of man – like so many fallen pastors before him. At 28, he’s having to rebuild his life from nothing.

That is a big fall.

If you’re a believer, pray for the family, and pray for Mike Guglielmucci… It looks like it’s going to get worse before it gets better.

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August 26, 2008 at 12:04 am