Who Is Cristina, Controversial Republican Madison Cawthorn’s Ex Wife

Madison CawthornThe Republican Representative from North Carolina,, announced late last month, that he and his wife of less then a year had decided to divorce. Cristina Cawthorn neé Bayardelle, were divorcing after only nine months of marriage. The news was shocking to many, considering the couple had just celebrated the nuptials underneath a huge wooden cross. So, who is Cawthorn’s estranged wife, and what is their relationship like today?

Who is Cristina Cawthorn, (Bayardelle),

As the youngest member of Congress ever elected to office, Madison Cawthorn’s political career has been closely followed, as has his personal life. Cawthorn, a Florida fitness instructor and model, announced his engagement to Cristina Bayardelle in December 2019. According to Bayardelle’s Instagram page, she also studied Anesthesiology at Nova Southeastern University. She is now an anesthesiologist assistant and continues her modeling career. 

How did Madison Cawthorn meet Bayardelle

A resurfaced video interview Cawthorn gave to right-wing media outlet The Daily Caller includes the tale of how the two met at what he called a “sham” CrossFit competition. Cawthorn explained that while vacationing in Russia, he’d run into another American abroad, a man he simply referred to as “Todd.” After befriending the man who described himself as a captain in the Army, Cawthorn claimed Todd invited him to a CrossFit event. 

He met Bayardelle, his soon-to be ex-wife. Bayardelle has worked with the fitness group many times. Cawthorn soon found out that the event was faked so that the two could meet. “He just wanted to put me in the same room with the girl who was eventually going to become my fiancée. And so, we did, and her and I hit it off, and it’s been a magical relationship ever since,” Cawthorn explained.  

A Short Marriage

Cawthorn and Bayardelle got married in April 2021, less than two years after their engagement announcement. Cawthorn is particularly attached to this date because it is also the date that he was injured in a car accident and left in a wheelchair. 

Cawthorn tweeted the day after his wedding, “On April 3rd of 2014 my life changed. After a car accident, I was forced to use a wheelchair. My life was completely reshaped on April 3, 2021. Marrying Cristina Bayardelle, now Cristina Cawthorn is the greatest honor, privilege, and adventure of my life.” He concluded the tweet by writing, “Trust in God. He moves Mountains!”

The union didn’t last, however, and on December 22, 2021 Cawthorn’s rep released a statement announcing the two were divorcing over “irreconcilable differences.” The statement began, “When my wife Cristina and I were engaged, I was not a member of Congress. We both felt called to serve, and we agreed that I should run. Our victory was unheard of, but it changed our lives overnight. That change has been both hectic and difficult, it’s neither the pace nor the lifestyle we planned for.”

What is their relationship like today?

Despite their split, it appears that there is no animosity among the soon-to be ex-spouses. Cawthorn’s initial statement on the matter emphasized that the divorce had been a mutual decision. Bayardelle, in an statement to Fox 46, echoed that sentiment, saying, “Madison is amazing – we’ve had an incredible journey together. Our marriage, as every marriage, has been difficult. The lifestyle shift into public life has been strenuous, and many aspects of the transition have been unexpected.” 

She added, “I want to live in the world he creates, I just don’t want to be married to someone changing the world. While we have agreed to be apart now, we still have a great friendship and there’s no ill-will. Madison is a fighter – he will help save this country.” Despite their split, and those irreconcilable differences, it seems the two still share a vision of the future.

Cawthorn’s Scandals Since His Political Debut

Cawthorn was the youngest member of Congress to be elected. However, it was his past that made Cawthorn controversial. Cawthorn was embroiled in scandal after claiming that his friend had been a prostitute. left him to die in the car accidentHowever, he later admitted that he was responsible for his wheelchair use. The driver in the accident challenged Cawthorn’s side of what happened that day and insisted that he’d actively worked to save Cawthorn after the accident, at great personal risk. 

Cawthorn was also the subject a BuzzFeed exposéThe North Carolina Representative was accused of being aggressive, misogynistic or predatory while attending a Christian college. Four women made allegations against Cawthorn. However, the Republican denied any sexual misconduct.

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