Jinger Duggar Opens Up About ‘Painful’ 2015 Josh Duggar Scandal In New Book

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Jessa Duggar, Jinger Duggar, Joy-Anna Duggar, and Jana Duggar in 2016 | Ida Mae Astute/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

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Jinger Duggar and her husband Jeremy Vuolo open up about their life and relationship. In their new book, The Hope We Hold, the pair discuss everything from their courtship to Jeremy’s pro soccer career to Jinger’s struggles with body image. Jinger, 27, also reveals how she felt when the public learned her older brother Josh Duggar had been accused of molesting several girls when he was a teenager. 

‘Counting On’ star Jinger Duggar says the scandal involving her sibling left her ‘shell-shocked’

Jessa Duggar, Jinger Duggar, Joy-Anna Duggar, and Jana Duggar in 2016 | Ida Mae Astute/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

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In 2015, Jinger, her parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, and her 18 siblings were well-known for appearing on TLC’s hit show 19 Kids and Counting. The reality series showcased the family’s conservative Christian values, wholesome lifestyle, and frugal way of living. But then came a bombshell. 

In Touch Weekly obtained a police report indicating that police had investigated Jim Bob and Michelle’s oldest son Josh Duggar in 2006 due to allegations he had molested multiple girls, including several of his siblings. Josh was not charged with a crime, though he apologized for his actions. The revelations led to the cancelation of the family’s reality show. (They would soon return to TV in the spinoff Counting On, which did not feature Josh.) 

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The news that her family’s “worst trial” was “now public knowledge” left Jinger feeling “shell-shocked,” she writes in her book. 

Jinger shares that at the time she felt she was “living in a nightmare that I wished with all my heart wasn’t real. One of my siblings had made some sinful choices but it had all been years ago. It had been awful, but we had dealt with it as a family.”  

Jinger says the media attention reopened an ‘old wound’ 

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The media scrutiny at the time was intense and difficult to deal with, Jinger recalls. The family ended up fleeing their home to escape the paparazzi camped out on their doorstep. “Now that it was out in public, the old wound was open again, raw, painful,”

Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet

      

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