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Rep Madison Cawthorn Marries Cristina Bayardelle on Anniversary Of Car Crash That Paralyzed Him

Jené Liebenberg
Apr 08, 2021
06:30 A.M.
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North Carolina Rep. Madison Cawthorn turned the anniversary of the worst day of his life into the best day of his life by marrying his fiancé Cristina Bayardelle.


25-year-old Rep. Madison Cawthorn tied the knot with his fiancé Cristina Bayardelle in a private ceremony last weekend. The politician and his fiancé chose to make the journey down the aisle on a very significant day for Cawthorn.

Cawthorn has exchanged the anniversary of the serious accident that paralyzed him for the celebration of his wedding. Seven years to the day after the accident, Cawthorn married the love of his life.

Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) speaking the Conservative Political Action Conference held in the Hyatt Regency on February 26, 2021 | Getty Images

Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) speaking the Conservative Political Action Conference held in the Hyatt Regency on February 26, 2021 | Getty Images



April 3, 2014, was the day that the 25-year-old politician permanently lost the use of his legs, and on April 3, 2021, Cawthorn chose to rewrite the narrative of the day by marrying his beautiful fiancé.

The North Carolina politician took to Twitter to share a gorgeous photo of the bride and groom and announce that they had exchanged nuptials. He wrote a heartfelt caption saying:

"On April 3rd of 2014 my life changed. A car accident put me in a wheelchair. On April 3rd of 2021 my life has once again changed."



From the social media post that the young congressman shared, he couldn't be happier to have taken the next big step with Bayardelle. Cawthorn introduced the young women on his Twitter page last October.

Cawthorn sued Ledford's father's insurance company and was in the middle of the lawsuit at the time of his shocking speech.

The 25-year-old put in an immense amount of training and effort to learn how to get down on one knee to propose to Bayardelle as he is paralyzed from the waist down following the accident he was involved in 2014.



Cawthorn is the youngest congressman in the USA after winning a seat in the 2020 Republican primary, taking the lead over President Donald Trump's candidate. The 25-year-old's success started by overcoming the challenge of being paralyzed.

Cawthorn was only 18 when he was involved in an accident with his friend, Brad Ledford, who was driving the vehicle. The two were childhood friends, but the politician claimed that Ledford left him to die in the accident. Ledford came forward saying:

"While I was pulling him out of the window, a bystander came by and helped me carry him away from the car."



Ledford's account of the crash directly contradicts the message put out by his friend, who sustained the most severe injuries in the crash. During a speech in 2017 at Patrick Henry College, Cawthorn accused Ledford of leaving him to die.

Cawthorn sued Ledford's father's insurance company and was in the middle of the lawsuit at the time of his shocking speech, which Ledford says could be the reason why he made such rash accusations.


Beyond the crash and the drama surrounding it, Cawthorn has established himself as a successful politician, winning his seat in the 2020 Republican primary by overtaking President Donald Trump's candidate.

With his wife, a Crossfit athlete and fitness model by his side, and a good foundation within conservative politics, there seems to be no end to the success that the 25-year-old can achieve as he puts the trauma of his past behind him.

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