As Drama With Jim Bob Continues, Jill Duggar Stands By Her Husband

Jill and Derick Duggar Dillard on mission work, screenshot courtesy of TLC

Jill Duggar has not personally spoken out about her feelings related to the ongoing reported feud between her husband Derick Dillard and her father Jim Bob Duggar. However, following some additional comments from Derick Dillard earlier this month, she’s spent some time focusing on her little family and a small circle of intimate friends.

Earlier in July, Derick Dillard spoke out again about patriarch Jim Bob Duggar’s alleged hold on the family, noting in a series of Instagram comments that the TLC series Counting On is still basically under Jim Bob’s full control. He told one fan that he and Jill were only able to leave once Jim Bob's focus was allegedly elsewhere, noting,

That’s because it’s [Counting On] still under his control and he will attack the victims if they threaten his show. We were humiliated and threatened when we first tried to not film. Now it’s not dependent on us anymore to keep the show going because more kids got married, so it’s more OK if we quit.

Derick Dillard also told a fan he had considered doing his own livestream while Counting On is airing. If he does that, he believes he can share the real tea regarding what is going on during each episode, rather than what TLC chooses to show the fans.

A short day later, Jill Duggar seemingly shared a little solidarity with her husband on Instagram Stories, noting he is her “favorite person” in a post about going to get lunch with her little family. Some have taken this as a slight against Jim Bob as Jill Duggar has continued to praise her husband even after he has repeatedly written out about her dad. However, it should be noted Jill Duggar has not specifically commented on these matters herself. In addition, Jim Bob and TLC have not commented on anything Dillard has alleged.

A few months ago, we heard that Jill’s time with her family had allegedly been limited by Jim Bob, at least according to Derick, who also said that he and Jill try to keep “healthy boundaries” with the Duggar clan. Of course this whole thing has been complicated by quarantine and later social distancing rules, but the gist seems to be that Jill is seeing less of her family, though prior to social distancing, she was still occasionally seen in images with her clan.

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All families are complicated and the Duggar family is larger than most and has stricter rules. As adults some of the former members of 19 Kids and Counting have really gone on to do their own things, as happened when Jinger Vuolo moved with her family to the West Coast. There are some rumors that Derick Dillard and Jill will also be moving, as the Dillards are fond of misson work. Given the unrest in their family and in the world, now may be a good time for a change.

Jessica Rawden
Managing Editor

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