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Josh & Anna Duggar Announced Baby No. 5, and the Backlash Was Swift

Christina Marfice


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The Duggar siblings are still surprisingly silent following Josh & Anna's pregnancy announcement

Generally, when a Duggar announces a pregnancy, it's no surprise. Those kids get engaged, married and pregnant one after another, almost as if they planned it that way to stay in the headlines (JK — there's just so many of them, of course they have a near-constant stream of new family announcements).

However, there has now been a Duggar pregnancy announced that we did not see coming: Josh and Anna Duggar are expecting their fifth child, a boy.

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The couple made the announcement via a short statement on the family's website reading, "For nearly the last two years, we have quietly worked to save our marriage, focus on our children, and rebuild our lives together as a family. Doing so is never easy after a breach of trust. We’ve learned that a life of faith and rebuilding a life together is simply done one day at a time. As we continue our journey as a family and rebuild our lives, we are delighted to share with you that we are expecting a new baby boy later this year. Beauty comes from ashes and we cannot wait to see and kiss the face of this sweet new boy!"

This is not your average, unsurprising Duggar pregnancy for one big reason: Josh famously admitted to child molestation and infidelity in 2015, and he and Anna have stayed far out of the spotlight since then. But their disappearance from public life hasn't stopped folks from speculating about what's going on behind those closed doors, and everyone kind of assumed that Anna would GTFO of that relationship.

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But here we are. They're handling this life their own way, and there's nothing any of us can do but butt out and wish them the best.

Oh. Wait. The internet exists, so that will ever happen.

The backlash against Josh and Anna came hard and swift after their announcement. Twitter basically imploded with Duggar hate. And while we've seen plenty of Duggar hate on the good ol' internet, this may be as harsh as it's ever gotten.

Probably the most damning part of this whole situation, though, is that all the other Duggar siblings, who generally get pretty excited about new pregnancies in the family, have stayed silent on this one. Something tells us there's more to the story here than "beauty from ashes."

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The Duggar siblings are still surprisingly silent following Josh & Anna's pregnancy announcement
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