Josh Duggar tweeted out this toothy picture of his son Michael, all smiles on his fourth birthday.
— Josh Duggar (@joshduggar) June 16, 2015
His wife, Anna Duggar, posted a video of the little man blowing out candles fixed atop cupcakes while his friends watched on with wide eyes.
— The Duggar Family (@duggarfam) June 16, 2015
The 19 Kids and Counting reality stars have been silent on social media since Josh admitted to molesting five children, including sisters Jessa and Jill, after a police report filed over a decade ago resurfaced.
Michelle and Jim Bob first appeared on the Kelly File to defend their son claiming that they were blindsided by his actions:
“We were shocked. We were just devastated. I don’t think any parent is prepared for a trauma like that.”
Jessa and Jill sat down with Megyn Kelly later in the week to share their side of the story. The girls disagree that their brother deserves to be labeled as a “child molester” despite being violated unknowingly in their sleep. Jessa asserted,
“I’m not going to justify anything that he did or say it was okay … But I do want to speak up in his defense against people who are calling him a child molester or a pedophile or a rapist … that is so overboard, and a lie.”
TLC has yet to release a definitive statement on the future of 19 Kids and Counting, only pulling reruns of the show from their lineup. According to Adweek, the network’s prime-time ratings have spiked since making this decision.
The Duggars express contentment in pursuing a future without television cameras, Jessa simply stating,
“Life goes on, really. We’re not a TV family. We’re a family that just happens to be on TV.”