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Mark Sanford Surprised Maria Belen Chapur With Facebook Post; She Blames Politics For Breakup

Chapur and Sanford in happier times. (Courtesy CNN)

Mark Sanford asked fiancee Maria Belen Chapur to wait two more years for a wedding. She said no — and Sanford then surprised her by writing that epic, now infamous Facebook post announcing the breakup  and blaming the split on an ugly custody battle with his ex-wife, Jenny Sanford.  

Chapur told The New York Times in an interview from Paris — where she had just spent a week with Sanford — that the South Carolina Republican wanted her to wait two more years for a wedding, an offer she rejected.  

“I’ve already been five years waiting and two years since the engagement,” she said, when asking why she wrote to Sanford and rejected his offer of waiting two more years as a girlfriend before matrimony.  

She told the paper she thinks the request by Sanford to wait two more years had more to do with his political ambitions than with his custody dispute, though in two years the custody dispute would be moot.  

“I think that I was not useful to him anymore — he made the engagement thing four months before the elections,” Chapur told the Times. “So this is not about his son, this is about his career and his ambitions," she said, even as she called Sanford "the love of my life."  

Sanford is running unopposed this year.  

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