Yesterday the Duggars responded to the news that Josh Duggar had two accounts on the Ashley Madison website (a website that is for married people who want to engage in extramarital affairs). Jim Bob Duggar and Michelle Duggar said their “hearts were broken” to learn about it, and Josh called himself the “biggest hypocrite ever.” His wife, Anna Duggar, who vocally supported her husband when the family responded to the sexual abuse scandal, has not said anything publicly so far.
A source said Anna is unlikely to leave Josh and is probably turning to her religious faith to help her cope with this latest round of allegations.
Anna will not leave him. As with her in-laws, she is turning more to her faith than ever. She and Josh are probably praying around the clock right now, I would assume.”
The source added that “there’s no way” she’s divorcing Josh and may even begin to “absorb some of the blame” “on some level.”
Maybe not publicly, ever, but privately, there will be some suggestion of whether or not she should have been more aware of the pressures Josh was under, of the issues he was facing, and how she could have better counseled him or helped him.
“She is fully and permanently committed to her marriage and her children. And she’ll have the support of Jim Bob and Michelle and everyone else in their circle in terms of staying with him and making this work. Divorce is not even something that will be discussed.”
I certainly hope Anna isn’t taking on any blame. No matter what was going on in their marriage, even if both of them contributed to marital problems, it’s on each individual person how they respond to those problems. Josh chose to cope by cheating: that’s on HIM.
A family insider talked about how the Duggars were coping in the wake of this latest sex abuse scandal.
We’re all hunkered down over here. It’s just a mess, it’s a whole mess. We don’t even know what the truth is anymore. It’s insane.”
Another source said:
I would assume he feels like his life is ruined. It will be such a steep and practically impossible climb to come back from this.”
The Duggars reportedly feel like they are trying to figure out exactly who Josh is at this point.
It’s like he’s a completely different person from who they thought he was. They’re still trying to reconcile all that they know is good about Josh, whom they will always love and adore, with what they’ve learned now.”
I can understand them having that reaction. This is just a tough situation; there’s no way around it. They have to be wondering what else could be going on with Josh that they don’t know about. If he is into anything else, hopefully Josh will simply admit it all now.
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