Who Is 'Subway Guy' Jared Fogle's Ex-Wife?

In 2015, Subway spokesman Jared Fogle, whose claim to fame was losing 245 pounds by dining at the sandwich shop twice a day and walking, pleaded guilty to collecting child pornography and traveling out of state to engage in sexual activities with minors. He was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison. It was a scandal that shocked and infuriated the public, and Subway swiftly moved to distance itself from its former pitchman. But the fast food chain wasn't alone in its efforts to dump him. His wife, teacher Katie McLaughlin, also made her contempt for Fogle—and even Subway—known loud and clear in the aftermath of the case. Just who is McLaughlin and what was her relationship with Fogle like? We've got the details.

She's his second ex-wife

McLaughlin is actually the second Mrs. Fogle. As Entertainment Tonight notes, he was married to a nurse named Elizabeth Christie from 2001 to 2007. That union reportedly ended on a bitter note. According to Radar Online, Christie fled her marriage after five years and even filed a restraining order against Fogle. A source close to Christie claimed he "became controlling and had a mean streak in him." Interestingly, when Christie filed for divorce, the reason given was that her marriage to Fogle was "irretrievably broken." McLaughlin used similar language during her own divorce from Fogle. One wonders if paying attention to the huge red flag that was the first wife's divorce could have spared McLaughlin a huge helping of heartache and humiliation.

They met through Fogle's brother

According to the International Business Times, McLaughlin first met Fogle through his brother around 1999 while attending Indiana University. People reported that Fogle popped the question near their alma mater in 2009. "She's been so wonderful and caring," he told the magazine. "She's just been the most supportive woman. I couldn't ask for more." The couple wed in 2010.

She filed for divorce when he pleaded guilty

Divorce documents obtained by TMZ reveal that McLaughlin reportedly had no clue what her ex-husband was up to until he was formally charged by prosecutors. McLaughlin said in a statement that she was "shocked and disappointed" by the allegations against her husband and wanted to get away from him as quickly as possible. She listed the date of separation as the very same day she filed for divorce, which was the same day Fogle agreed to plead guilty.

"Obviously, I am extremely shocked and disappointed by the recent developments involving Jared," McLaughlin said in a statement (via People). "I am in the process of seeking a dissolution of the marriage. My focus is exclusively on the well-being of my children. Neither I nor my family will have any further comment on the matter. I appreciate respect for my family's privacy during this difficult time."

They have two children together

Fogle and McLaughlin have two kids: son Brady was born in 2011 and daughter Quinn was born in 2013. Prior to his arrest, it seemed Subway was so committed to milking its connection to Fogle that it even featured his family in a commercial, albeit as animated characters.

Parenting his children apparently didn't stop Fogle from allegedly fostering inappropriate relationships with other kids. Reporter Rochelle Herman discussed his off-putting behavior with CNN. "He told me that he thought middle school girls were so hot," she said. "I was in shock...I actually was questioning, 'Did I really just hear what I think I heard?' I looked over at my cameraman...and he was just astounded." Herman went on to secretly record conversations with Fogle for the FBI.

Those admissions, combined with Fogle's guilty plea, prompted McLaughlin to move quickly to protect her children. During the divorce, which was finalized in November 2015, she was reportedly adamant that she would only accept certain stipulations if Fogle agreed to stay away from their kids. He eventually abandoned his petition to maintain contact with his children, granting McLaughlin sole custody.

She received a generous divorce settlement

Once the dust settled, McLaughlin walked away from her marriage with about $7 million. It's worth noting that Fogle also had to pay $1 million in restitution to 10 of 14 victims involved in his case. In addition to the divorce settlement, it's likely McLaughlin will receive additional funds for child support.

Of course, money isn't everything. Peace of mind can be priceless, particularly when caught up in such a high profile separation. McLaughlin was also granted the right to raise the children outside their home state of Indiana to avoid "intense media scrutiny" and "provide a sense of security and normality."

She believes Subway knowingly enabled his pedophila

McLaughlin may have been blindsided by her ex-husband's sex scandal, but she remains convinced that Subway knew far more about what was going on than she did. McLaughlin filed a lawsuit in 2016 against the sandwich franchise to force the company to reveal exactly what it knew about Fogle and when it knew it.

According to CNN, the suit alleges that McLaughlin and her children "suffered emotional distress because Fogle's behavior did not become publicly known before she married him in 2010." The suit cites multiple complaints made to Subway about Fogle's inappropriate behavior with minors dating back to 2004. "The suit details an instance when a Subway franchisee, Cindy Mills, called the company's then-CEO Jeff Moody in 2008, to alert him about Fogle. She said that Fogle had told her that 'he really liked them young,' and that he admitted to her that he had had sex with minors from ages 9 to 16," reported CNN. "The suit charges that Moody interrupted Mills and told her 'Please don't tell me any more. Don't worry, he has met someone. She is a teacher and he seems to love her very much, and we think she will keep him grounded.' Moody told Mills that he had dealt with similar complaints in the past." The teacher Moody was referring to was McLaughlin.

"A responsible corporation would take immediate action when hearing of this behavior," McLaughlin said in her suit (via CNN). "Subway failed every test of corporate responsibility in its response to each of these complaints."