For 10 seasons fans watched the Duggar family grow from 17 to 18 to “19 Kids and Counting” on their TLC reality show. They gained popularity as being family friendly and introduced strict Christian values to the reality TV mainstream, giving the religious types something to tune into. Well… you couldn’t really imagine them watching the Kardashians every week!
The devout Baptists’ lifestyle may have challenged popular society, but every week they brought in big ratings as TLC’s number one show. Millions of people tuned in to see the huge family go about their daily lives and navigate relationships with one another while maintaining a conservative lifestyle.
They received much backlash during their time on television and were catapulted into the limelight, but none of them were ready for their ultimate downfall when their scandal rocked the nation. No one, fans and foes alike, expected that this wholesome family had such scandals under their belt, especially of this magnitude. The beloved Duggar family was not so squeaky clean as everyone thought.
But throughout it all, fans have always had a soft corner for the Duggar daughters. Whether it be Jessa or Jill or Jana, the fans really adore them. Their marriage, their children, their parenting and their health, the fans pay attention to all of that. They don’t even hesitate in scolding and reprimanding them as if they were their own daughters! That is the love which they have for the Duggar Angels. But you’d be surprised that the girls don’t always treat their fans with the same dignity and respect. Here are 18 secrets the Duggar sisters don’t want you to know. Read on, some are too shocking, but they are true!
18 Jessa The Homophobe
Jessa, as you may know, has already shown a real talent in terms of pissing off people who aren't exactly like her or who dare to have differing views. But it had been a while since she was criticized for her anti-gay comments. But this is exactly what happened recently when Jessa Duggar was under fire for showing her support for Chip and Joanna Gaines who are popular for their TV show Fixer Upper.
What really happened? Well, BuzzFeed had reported that Fixer Upper stars, Chip and Joanna Gaines, attended a church in which a pastor conveyed his anti-homosexual thoughts. Of course, Fixer Upper stars were making the headlines for that bad reason. After two weeks, Jessa posted a video of her and her 1-year-old baby Spurgeon on Instagram watching an episode of Fixer Upper. “Spurgie and I may just be addicted … #fixerupper,” she captioned the video. Of course, some people were furious after knowing that Jessa supports Chip and Joanna show.
17 Jill's Baby Proofing Mistake
Duggar fans are very sensitive to each and every detail about the Duggar daughters’ parenting style. Jill Duggar gave them a reason to be angry by sharing a picture of her son on Instagram. In the pic, baby Israel was seen sitting on a blanket and in the background, one could see an open electrical outlet! The electric outlet was not baby proofed with plastic plug covers. Yes, it’s highly dangerous. “Look out for that electrical outlet, neglectful parents,” wrote one Instagram user. Duggar fans kick started a heated discussion on this matter. There are thousands of instances around the world about kids confronting electric shock, perhaps the Duggars could be more protective about baby Israel’s safety.
This isn’t the first time Jill sparked parenting controversy; back in 2015, Jill posted and deleted photos of little Izzy wrapped up tightly in a blanket and the infant looked like he was crying and screaming — which many fans interpreted as a form of blanket training. Blanket training is when babies are placed on a blanket and if they attempt to roll over or crawl off the edge, parents are instructed to hit their child with a flexible ruler or another instrument. After a while, the child will learn not to venture off the blanket.
16 Jessa And Jill Exploited Their Fans
After being on TLC for so long, the Duggars cashed in on their reality show, it’s estimated that they are paid $25,000 to $45,000 per episode, meaning that the family made millions from their show. So it’s no surprise that fans were outraged when Jessa Duggar and husband Ben Seewald solicited money and gifts from the public when they found out that they were expecting. People accused them of being frauds and trying to exploit fans even though they were making money from their television appearances.
Another case of the Duggars lying? What? No…
Jill Duggar and her husband Derick Dillard declared on their family blog that they were going on a missionary trip to Central America. The couple reached out to the fans asking for help to fund the trip, but it didn’t take long for criticism to overshadow their news.
People accused the couple of defrauding their fans because even though they told everyone they were going out on a long-term missions trip, they returned home after only two months. It was also revealed that the couple weren’t cleared to be missionaries through their church because they never completed the necessary classes.
15 The Sisters Believe The Internet Is Evil
No doubt, the internet is a necessity in the 21st century. For most of the youngsters, living without the internet is something near to impossible. But the Duggar girls have a different stand. In their opinion, the internet is dangerous. In their book Growing Up With Duggars, the daughters have written that if a woman is receiving texts from someone through the internet world, it can make her think that he likes her, but there is a possibility that he is doing the same with multiple women.
“When a young man who has no commitment or obligation to you, is flirting with you through texting or the likes, it’s probable that he is also flirting with many other girls in the same way—and even at the same time,” a paragraph reads. The whole Duggar family has a single social media account and senior Duggars handle it. However, once after getting married, Duggar daughters can create their own social media profile.
14 The Sisters Are Against All Forms Of 'Enhancements'
These days, women choose plastic surgery in order to have attractive body features and there is a plethora of examples in Hollywood. The Duggar daughters are not in favor of plastic surgery since they believe that God decided every individual’s looks and plastic surgery is an attempt to alter His design.
So, in their book they have clearly mentioned that one must consult God before thinking of plastic surgery. “You can have surgery to change some of your physical features, but before you do, we hope you’ll carefully and prayerfully consider what God originally gave you when He created you,” Duggars wrote.
Now that the older Duggar girls are having babies, I wonder if their stance on this will change should one of their children require plastic surgery to correct a birth defect. Would they choose to make an aesthetic change to their child if say they were born with a cleft lip? According to their beliefs, God chose to make their child this way. I’m not sure they would feel the same way, and as they do with everything else, they would come up with an exception to the rule.
13 The Real Reason The Sisters All Have Long Hair
There are hundreds of girls all around the world who are crazy for the Duggars’ hairstyle. Duggar daughters do share their simple hairstyle tutorial with fans, and yes, all of them have beautiful hair. There is a noble reason for their hairstyle. In fact, they could opt for short hair, but they don’t choose to. There might be a lot of things the Duggar sisters are forbidden from doing, and there are many rules for them to follow. But one thing that is encouraged is a beauty regime, Jill and Jessa revealed to Us Weekly. Make-up ‘honors the Lord’, the sisters explain, and enhance the features they were given. The same can be said for their hair, which they style on a daily basis.
As sincere followers of Bible, Duggar girls believe that long tresses are a glory for women and they must take care of it. “Our hairstyle is our choice and we choose long hair based on our understanding of 1 Corinthians 11:14-15…while it is a shame for a man to have long hair, a woman’s hair is her glory,” their book reveals. In the Duggar house, everything has a holy reason!
12 Jill Took Her Baby To A Zika Prone Area
Jill Duggar, the second eldest daughter of America’s most moral family had come under fire for taking her baby to a Zika affected area. 2016 was a nightmarish year for mothers in Central America due to the deadly Zika virus that caused severe physical deformity in thousands of babies. It’s believed that during that time period, Jill Duggar, her husband Derick Dillard and baby Israel were on a trip to El Salvador.
On Instagram, Jill posted a picture of her baby meeting a Salvadorian toddler. Fans were upset after noticing that Israel was exposed to a Zika prone area and they started criticizing Jill. “Israel is cute. Why r u taking him to 3rd world countries and exposing him to all diseases. Zika? Raise your child in your home and give him a family life,” an Instagram user commented. Several others also started posting rude comments that targeted Jill Duggar.
11 Jessa Abstained Until Her Engagement
The Duggar daughters follow very strict courtship rules. While they are courting a guy, they can share a side hug with him; they can hold hands with their fiancé, that’s all! Are you wondering how someone can adhere to these rules? Although it’s a great demonstration of self-respect and self-worth for these girls, I know I would have difficulty.
Well, the Duggar girls have no hesitation about it. Fans have seen Jinger, Jill and Joy share side hugs with their fiancés. But Jessa seems to be an exception. She didn’t even hold hands with her now husband Ben Seewald until getting officially engaged to him. Although she is definitely not timid or soft-spoken, Jessa Duggar appears to be very modest with any form of PDA. It’s a clear example of how deeply they are committed to the Duggar principles about courtship. They have no complaints.
10 Jessa And Her Husband Made Out At Their Wedding
Prior to her wedding to husband Ben Seewald, Jessa was very conservative with her public displays of affection with her beau, even by Duggar standards, refusing to hold hands with him until they were officially engaged. But this modesty went out the window the second she tied the knot. It has been claimed by an alleged wedding guest by the name of “Mary B”, that Jessa, 21, and Ben, 19 were busted by sister Jinger, in a closed room, in the act of “lust” at the reception and in the very Arkansas church they had just been married. Multiple people were discussing that when Jinger opened the door to get Jess for the reception, she immediately closed the door with a look of shock on her face.
Whether or not “Mary B” actually attended the wedding, or whether the blog post is a hoax is unclear, but she did mention, “I was very upset when I was told about the incident that was witnessed by [my daughters] when the door to the room [Jessa and Ben] were in was accidentally opened. I am not sure why they would not wait for the evening to pray and then consummate God's marriage.”
9 Jinger Is The Wife Of A Former Soccer Player
A Duggar girl has tied the wedding knot with a talented Major League Soccer player. Wow, that’s awesome. Yes, the girl with beautiful hair, Jinger Duggar is married to Jeremy Vuolo, an American soccer player who played for Major League and the North American Soccer League, the Finnish club AC Oulu of the Veikkausliiga, Finland’s top soccer league.
In 2012 he signed with Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls. Of course, just like most of the soccer players, Jeremy is also a very handsome guy. Lucky Jinger! During a missionary trip, Jeremy met his future wife and she didn’t take a long time to steal his surname. It’s very surprising that a Duggar girl would be permitted to marry such a celebrity. Jeremy is no stranger to parties and female fans. The world of sports is not exactly the most squeaky clean environment. Makes you wonder if he's a player off the field as well. Although Jeremy is no longer associated with any soccer team and at present is working as a pastor, I would not be surprised to see a scandal pop up, like an illegitimate love child.
8 Jinger’s Husband Has A Criminal Record
He might be a pastor now, but Jinger’s good looking hubby Jeremy was arrested by the police! Yes, this incident happened when he was out partying with a friend. In Touch came up with a police report which revealed that Jeremy was arrested in 2008 because he grabbed a police man’s arm in a violent manner.
The police report also mentioned that Jeremy was “acting belligerently” and “shouting obscenities.” Later, he had to pay a $250 fine and also got a one-year conditional discharge. On his blog, Jeremy has admitted that his life was totally different when he was a young boy. He used to attend weekend parties, but later he realized that he was on the wrong track. In the later phase of his life, he started getting closer to spirituality and found happiness with Jinger. Although this was probably a youthful indiscretion and he has clearly learned from his mistakes, I find it odd that the Duggars are OK with this and just seem to brush it under the carpet.
7 Jill Had A Difficult Time In Central America
Jill Duggar’s life was filled with adventures and fearful experiences when she was in Central America for missionary work along with her husband Derick and their son Isreal. She recalled those days during the show “Counting On” and was brought to tears. Jill explained that she heard a glass breaking sound in her home during the night and it was really scary. Her son Israel was just a one-year-old baby during that time! All three of them locked themselves in a room and started sending messages to family and friends and asked them to pray for their safety.
According to Jill’s husband, the region where they were residing, murders, physical assaults, and other crimes were very common. But still, the couple stayed there facing all the difficulties and served the needy people successfully. However, this makes us question their parenting choices. Although it’s an amazing opportunity to expose your children to different cultures and it allows everyone to practice what they preach, at the same time one needs to question if this is all worth your child’s safety. There are many opportunities State side that can be just as enriching.
6 The Reason Why They All Want A Big Family
They don’t broadcast this, but in the initial years of their marriage, Michelle used birth control pills and it caused her to have a miscarriage. It made them believe that God will decide the number of kids they have, and they should never use any form of birth control. Now Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar have 19 kids, nine girls and ten boys. A huge family!
The Duggar daughters are likely to follow in the same light, especially when it comes to family planning. “Both of us want as many kids as God will give us,” Jill and her husband confessed once. Jessa Duggar also has a desire to have many kids in her house. Recently both the girls welcomed their second baby. “We want as many as the Lord thinks we can handle and we are putting it into his hands,” said Joy Anna who recently got married to Austin. There are 6 more girls in Duggar house. Overall, it sounds like Jim Bob’s dream of having 200 grand kids will come true in future!
5 The Reason They All Wear Modest Clothing
If you thought your parents were strict when it came to your wardrobe, you haven’t met the Duggars. The kids had a slew of rules when it came to what they can and can't wear, and they followed their parent’s every restriction. The girls weren’t allowed to wear skirts that went above the knee, but most of the time they just opted for the longer variety. As a rule, the family avoided beaches or any other areas that promoted bathing suits because they didn’t want any of the children, especially the females, to show skin.
The Duggar girls always prefer modest clothes. In their book, Growing Up Duggar, the Duggar daughters have revealed their perspective towards clothing. “We avoid low-cut, cleavage-showing, gaping, or bare-shouldered tops; and when needed, we wear an undershirt. We try to make it a habit to always cover the top of our shirt with our hand when we bend over. They also confessed that, for them, their body is a special gift from God. On another page of the same book, they have reaffirmed that they have a responsibility not to dress or act in a way that builds up sensual desires in guys.
4 Jana Is A Real-Life Cinderella
Jana is the eldest Duggar daughter, but at only 26 she is now considered an old maid by their standards. In the past few years, the Duggar family witnessed five beautiful weddings that made “Counting On” fans stand on their toe with excitement. Jill, Jessa, Jinger and Joy are married to Derick, Ben, Jeremy and Austin respectively. But Jana is still single! However, Jana is not responding to any comments, all her concern is about taking care of her family.
But fans get upset whenever they spot their beloved Jana spending time on the Duggar babies. It seems like every episode she is seen solely caring for her younger siblings and managing the household. Some have even dubbed her Cinderella. According to them, she remains single in order to handle the responsibilities of her family. “I just don’t think her parents will ever allow her to court anyone until the little ones are more independent. She is their primary care giver. Michele isn’t going to let that go,” a fan commented. “Get out and meet someone. Let your Mom raise her kids. It is your turn,” another fan urged. Hopefully, she will also find her prince charming soon.
3 Four Duggar Sisters Were Victims
In one of the most shocking revelations in reality television history, it was revealed that the eldest Duggar, Josh, had fondled four of his younger sisters and a babysitter when he was 14 and 15-years-old. What disgusted the public even more, however, was when the Duggar parents admitted that they were aware of their son’s actions but decided to handle it within their church and family, placing Josh in therapy to help him.
During an exclusive interview, the Duggar girls explained how the family handled the situation when they realized that their young girls were molested by Josh. “My parents took us aside individually and said, ‘Here’s what happened’. At that point, you’re shocked. I was shocked. I didn’t know. I didn’t understand this is what happened until my parents told me,” Jessa confessed.
Jill Duggar, another victim of Josh’s molestation disclosed that she was totally shocked to know that the person whom she loved a lot had molested her. “And I had to make that choice to forgive him. You know, it wasn’t something that somebody forced, like, ‘Oh, you need to do this.’ You have to make that decision for yourself,” said Jill. There were tears in her eyes remembering the painful past.
2 Jill And Jessa Defended Their Brother Josh
Two of the Duggar sisters, Jill and Jessa, were victims of of their brother Josh and in an interview with “The Kelly File”, defended him against the naysayers who think of him as a monster. “I do want to speak up in his defense against people who are calling him names, some people are saying,” Jessa said. “I’m like that is so overboard and a lie really. I mean people get mad at me for saying that but I can say this because I was one of the victims.” Although it’s good for the girls to move on from these horrendous events, it sounds more like they are excusing his behavior as a youthful indiscretion. This definitely sends the wrong message to all of their young fans.
Josh and his wife Anna released a joint statement to the media that read, “We pray that as people watch our lives they see that we are not a perfect family. We have challenges and struggles everyday. It is one of the reasons we treasure our faith so much because God’s kindness and goodness and forgiveness are extended to us – even though we are so undeserving.”
1 The Sisters Know Nothing About Dancing Or Alcohol
Yes, that’s a very crazy fact about Duggar ladies, they don’t dance. Yes, you heard it right. In the conservative Duggar family, dancing is not really encouraged by the parents since they believe that dancing supports sensuality and it’s an intimate thing. The Duggar girls never buy romance novels! This is another shocking fact besides not consuming alcohol.
It is things like this that makes them different from the rest of the American youngsters. Once Jill had revealed that while she was working in the local fire department she saw several youngsters getting affected due to overconsumption of alcohol. No doubt, too much alcohol is always dangerous, but never learning to have a healthy relationship with alcohol isn’t good either. Young adults are usually taught about responsible consumption through observing the adults in their lives. If one is never exposed to alcohol, it becomes this dark, forbidden fruit. This is a big time challenge especially in the western world. However, all Duggar kids are successful in it.
Sources: TheClever.com, TheTalko.com, TheDailyMail.co.uk.