"Criticise me if you wish but please have some regard for them."
Barnaby Joyce has made a short statement outside Parliament this morning, apologising to his family.
"I'd like to say to Natalie how deeply sorry I am, to my girls how deeply sorry I am … [and] to Vikki Campion how deeply sorry I am that she has been dragged into this," he said.
Following this is a written statement which goes into more detail about his deep regret at the failure of his 24-year marriage.
Mr Joyce's statement sets out that he and his former media adviser Vikki Campion are having a child together in mid-April.
He asks for privacy, saying, "This has been a searing personal experience for Natalie, our daughters and for Vikki.
Watch the statement above.