The Republican congresswoman apologized Friday after a video showed her being escorted out of a performance by Beetle juice in Denver on Sept. 10 after complaints of vaping and disruptive behavior.
Video footage that was also released later she showed Boebert apparently groping her date and being groped by him.
“All future date nights are canceled,” Boebert told a photographer TMZ in Washington, DC, on Monday. “And I learned to check party affiliations before going out on a date, but all in all, you know…it was mostly a nice time and you know, I’ve taken responsibility for my actions.”
Boebert told TMZ that she and her date had broken up “peacefully.” He had “nothing to do” with anything reported about him, he said, adding that the issue was his status as a “private citizen”. “A great man, a great friend, and I wish him all the best,” she said.
He also said that “there are a lot of people who certainly understand it and understand that it was part of my personal life, my private time, something that I rarely allow myself to do.”
The comments sparked more questions on social media.
“Was that a first date?!?!?!” journalist Aaron Rupar wrote in a post on X, earlier Twitter.
Kaye Ottick added: “‘my personal life, my private time’ in a theater surrounded by people… lauren just takes the L.”
Dave Warner wrote: “But wait, I missed something, are you suggesting it was a ‘first date’ with this guy? He didn’t know enough to realize it could be… *GASP* … a Democrat?! How did such a thing happen?!
“And more importantly, how far does it go on a first date? Not judging…but if you put yourself out there as a high and mighty Christian with strong morals and then you’re acting like a hot cat. audience, well , those two things are kind of diametrically opposed to each other.”
Some defended Boebert.
“Lauren Boebert is entitled to her own private life,” wrote Paul Schlienz. “Shame on those who would voyeuristically violate it and fake a just conviction for their own cheap political purposes.”
Newsweek Boebert’s office has been contacted for further comment by email.
In accordance with The Denver PostBoebert and his date resisted as they were escorted out of the Buell Theater by members of his staff.
They made comments along the lines of “do you know who I am?” and “I will contact the mayor,” the paper reports. The police arrived and stood in the lobby of the theater until the couple left.
Boebert has denied having discussed or threatened to contact the mayor.
She issued an apology Friday, a day after surveillance video surfaced showing the congresswoman vaping in her seat. His campaign had previously denied the theater’s claim that he had been steaming.
In a statement published in FacebookBoebert said he “genuinely did not remember vaping that night when I discussed the night’s events with my campaign team,” but did not mention the palpitations.
“The past few days have been difficult and humbling, and I’m sorry for the unwanted attention my Sunday evening in Denver has brought to the community,” he said.
“While none of my actions or words as a private citizen that night were intended to be malicious or to cause harm, the reality is that they did and I regret it.”
She added: “There is no perfect plan for going through a difficult and public divorce, which over the last few months has made it a difficult personal time for me and my whole family. I have tried to handle it very hard and grace in the best possible way. I can, but on Sunday I fell short of my values. This is unacceptable and I’m sorry.”
The deputy announced it in May she had filed for divorce of her husband of 18 years, Jayson Boebert.