What a bombshell!
Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard just released their new and improved family website and some brand-new Duggar dirt along with it! The perpetually embattled couple haven’t been fan favorites of late thanks to Derick’s controversial tweets about politics and fellow TLC stars, but their website update is sure to catch the attention of fans far and wide who wrote them off previously.
While they don’t backpedal on ― or even acknowledge ― any of the controversies they’ve faced over the past few months, Jill’s bio on the site might just reveal an interesting insight into the incident that briefly tarnished the famous family’s image (before we all just went back to ignoring it, that is): Josh’s sexual impropriety towards his sisters.
Jill Duggar is nothing if not resilient. The young mother-of-two has endured a lot in her 26 years of life. From being raised around 18 siblings to childhood trauma to a difficult move to Central America to the repeated attacks on her husband by (honestly justified) fans, Jill rarely gets a moment of peace. Now, she’s shedding a little more light on her already public past as she and her husband Derick Dillard’s new website has gone live.
The site includes plenty of information about their beliefs, recipes that Jill swears by, their family life, and ― most importantly to fans of Duggar drama ― their pasts. While there’s plenty to look out on the new-and-improved site, some tidbits in Jill’s personal bio have caught the eyes of fans.
The first piece of interest details patriarch Jim Bob Duggar’s involvement in Jill and Derick’s relationship. Jill and Derick take turns explaining their journey to each other in a section titled “Our Love,” and it seems like Jill’s father was the major catalyst in their relationship. While fans may have been aware that Jim Bob introduced the couple initially, his level of involvement is surprising to say the least. Derick writes that his initial interest in Jill came from his conversations with her father. He says,
”When I was working in Nepal, Jill’s dad was one of my prayer partners. We would talk every couple weeks or so to discuss how our work was going and what current prayer needs were. Jill’s dad would also mention periodically the work Jill was doing in her studies as a student midwife and her desire to someday use her skills overseas on the mission field. Being that we had similar life goals, she caught my attention.”
He also let fans know that their first conversation was over the phone, and their first meeting was orchestrated by Jim Bob who thought they would be a good match. He explains,
“During a conversation with Jim Bob, he mentioned how he thought Jill and I might get along well, having similar personalities and direction in life. He gave me Jill’s phone number and we began texting, then emailing, then skyping/ talking on the phone.”
“I jokingly say it was ‘love at first Skype’!” Jill says in her section. “It really helped me feel secure to know that Derick and my dad had already got to know each other and that my dad admired him.”
We all know that Jim Bob and Michelle make themselves a large part of their children’s relationships, but this goes above and beyond!
Perhaps the most notable information revealed in the bios comes from Jill’s “About Jill” section. She provides run-of-the-mill details of her childhood interests, personality, and growing up Duggar, but that’s not all. She also made what many think is a vague reference to her brother Josh Duggar’s past.
As Celebuzz! previously reported, news broke back in 2015 that eldest Duggar Josh had abused his sisters and a family friend during his teen years. That information was enough of a scandal for the family, but fans were also furious to find that Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar knew about Josh’s abuse of his sisters and neglected to report it or get him help… except for sending Josh to a religious rehab center for a few months.
Later, it was revealed that Jill was among Josh’s victims, and that’s why a few sentences in her bio have given fans pause. “One evening when I was 12, I was talking with my mom,” Jill writes in her bio. “I realized I wasn’t sure that if I died I would have eternal life.” She goes on to say that she “confessed all the wrong things [she] could remember” to Michelle ― and to God ― to ensure her place in heaven.