Disgraced reality TV star Josh Duggar, who presumably would call himself a recovering porn addict, has become a father for the fifth time after his wife Anna gave birth to a baby boy, the Daily Mail is reporting.
The news was announced on the Duggar Family’s official website Tuesday along with a photo of the newborn, Mason Garrett Duggar, seen cuddled up in a knitted blanket with a matching beanie.
“Our newest grandson is here!! Mason Garrett Duggar! You can see his first picture on our family website,” the accompanying caption reads.
The arrival of baby Mason appears to be happy news for the couple and for their Arkansas-based reality TV family, which was rocked by a child molestation scandal involving Josh, 29, back in 2015. The scandal hit around the time that Anna gave birth to the couple’s fourth child, Meredith Grace.
Announcing the arrival of Meredith Grace Duggar! 7lbs 14 ozs, 20-1/2in — Anna and Meredith are resting & doing well! pic.twitter.com/HfnuoZcSN7
— Josh Duggar (@joshduggar) July 19, 2015
The family had built its “19 Kids and Counting” reality TV empire on its fecundity and its espousal of strong religious convictions and traditional moral values. But the family’s show was canceled by TLC in 2015 after news surfaced that Josh had molested four of his sisters and a babysitter when he was a teenager.
Josh entered rehab in September 2015 after additional revelations came that he’d had affairs with other women and had an account on adultery website Ashley Madison. He also confessed to having a porn addiction.
The Duggars moreover faced a torrent of criticism after it was learned that patriarch Jim Bob did not formally report the incident to law enforcement.
In 2007, Michelle Duggar is surrounded by her children and husband Jim Bob after the birth of her 17th child in Rogers, Ark.
Since then, the Duggars have been working hard to try and rebuild their reality empire. While TLC cancelled the popular “19 Kids and Counting” after nine seasons and vowed to never air any past episodes, the network quickly moved to create a new show that focused on sisters Jill and Jesse, who were both married and starting their own families. They also happened to be two of Josh’s victims.
The Duggars also keep up their website, offering parenting, spiritual advice and cooking advice. Jim Bob and matriarch Michelle also will be keynote speakers at the …
Source:: East Bay – Entertainment