Jenny Sanford, the wife of embattled South Carolina's Republican Gov. Mark Sanford, announced in a tersely worded statement Friday that she will be filing for divorce.

“As so many of us know, the dissolution of any marriage is a sad and painful process," Jenny Sanford wrote.

It is also a very personal and private one. Because Mark and I are public figures, we have naturally had less privacy with which to deal with our difficulties than do other couples.

"Indeed, I know it will soon become known so I choose to release this brief notice that I am now filing for divorce," Sanford added. "This came after many unsuccessful efforts at reconciliation, yet I am still dedicated to keeping the process that lies ahead peaceful for our family.

"I remain thankful to so many across this state and nation for their words of encouragement and prayers during this difficult time," she continued. "Please know the boys and I are doing well and are blessed with the incredible support of friends and family and bolstered by our faith and the unfailing love of our God above."

Sanford came under fire after revelations that he'd been having an affair with an Argentinian woman, which became public after he "went missing" and a senior aide told reporters that he'd gone hiking when in fact he'd been traveling abroad.