Josh Duggar’s life appears to be spiraling out of control, and his latest confession about his porn addiction and extramarital affairs has not won him any fans. But how does the rest of the Duggar clan feel about his indiscretions?
Josh’s parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, reportedly are “absolutely stunned” and “devastated” by this new scandal, a source told People magazine.
“This wasn’t something they ever imagined was possible,” the source explained. “They so strictly limit their exposure to these sorts of outside influences — from websites to even the sort of television they watch, if they turn on the TV at all – that they were absolutely baffled by how this could have been possible.”
The Duggar parents have reportedly turned to their faith for guidance and are “feeling more devout than ever because they are turning 100 percent to God and prayer and their church community to help them through this.”
“Their faith is in no way rocked by this,” the source added.
The family has been struggling to move past Josh’s molestation scandal (which came to light three months ago), and Jim Bob and Michelle are reportedly battling to come to terms with who their eldest son really is.
“They just don’t know who this person is who could have done this,” the source said. “It’s like he’s a completely different person from who they thought he was, and 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.”
The Duggar parents also released a statement on their family’s blog, which reads, “When we learned of this late last night our hearts were broken. As we continue to place our trust in God we ask for your prayers for Josh, Anna, our grandchildren and our entire family.”
The statement was followed by Josh’s confession in which he refers to himself as “the biggest hypocrite ever.”
Josh lost countless fans over his past actions, but people were urged to forgive him because he had reportedly turned his life around — these new indiscretions may prove otherwise.
“As for Josh, in this moment, I would assume he feels like his life is ruined,” the source told the People. “Don’t forget that the main aspect he focused on in his attempt to fix things after the molestation scandal was the fact that he was young when that happened and that he had since rebuilt himself, turned to a righteous path and was a good, upstanding, decent man who had learned from his mistakes.”
“The whole idea was that people should forgive what he did when he was a teenager because he was such a great guy now,” continues the source. “So for this to come to light …. He’s ruined. It will be such a steep and practically impossible climb to come back from this.”