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Duggar Family ‘Not as Close’ Following Josh Duggar’s Legal Drama and ‘Counting On’ Cancellation

Rodolfo Vieira
Sep 06, 2021
03:40 A.M.
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The "Counting On" family seems to be falling apart following Josh Duggar's legal drama and the cancelation of the show, which has led several members to distance themselves.

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It has been reported that an anonymous family source told People Magazine that the Duggars are no longer the tight family that they used to be.

According to the source, Josh is the main reason for the family's splintering as it has created quite a lot of stress on them. However, most of its members seem to be sweeping it under the rug.

The Duggar family on the left and the Josh Duggar's Mugshot on the right | Photo: instagram.com/duggarfam + Getty Images

The Duggar family on the left and the Josh Duggar's Mugshot on the right | Photo: instagram.com/duggarfam + Getty Images

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A FACADE

The majority of the Duggars are acting as if nothing has happened and that everything is fine, but underneath that smokescreen is a broken family.

Jill Dillard hasn't seen her parents in over two years.

Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar during a guest appearance on the "Today" show | Photo: Peter Kramer/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal/Getty Images

Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar during a guest appearance on the "Today" show | Photo: Peter Kramer/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal/Getty Images

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THE FIRST SCANDAL

Josh first made the news back in 2015, when TLC was forced to cancel "19 Kids and Counting" after the surfacing of a 2006 police investigation involving the 33-year-old.

Josh was accused of molesting five underage girls (two of them being his sisters Jill Dillard and Jessa Seewald) when he was 14. It was also discovered that he was a part of the cheating website "Ashley Madison."

Josh Duggar speaking during the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort Hotel and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland | Photo: Kris Connor/Getty Images

Josh Duggar speaking during the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort Hotel and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland | Photo: Kris Connor/Getty Images

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STANDING UP FOR HIM

Jill and Jessa came to public and told their stories during an exclusive interview with Megyn Kelly, but defended their brother by saying that he was "a little too curious about girls, and that got him into some trouble."

The sisters, who were 12 and 10 years old at the time of the incident, recalled how their parents, Michelle and Jim Bob, set up some rules in order to protect them, such as not allowing the boys to babysit.

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Some of the other rules included locking doors at night, not playing hide-and-seek, or even being alone with each other. They also confirmed being unaware of their brother's actions until their parents sat them down.

As aforementioned, some Duggar members have chosen to step away from the family, such as Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo, who moved to Laredo, Texas, and then to Los Angeles.

Jill, who is married to recent law school graduate Derick Dillard, hasn't seen her parents in over two years now, having claimed to be at peace with her choices.

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