Dealing with Josh Duggar’s cheating, porn addiction and child molestation scandal going public has not been easy for the Duggar family. Jessa Duggar opened up about going through the whole ordeal on the April 26 episode of ‘Counting On,’ and admitted it even affected her marriage to Ben Seewald.
Did Josh Duggar’s summer of scandal take a toll on his sister, Jessa Duggar’s, marriage to Ben Seewald?! The reality star revealed just how hard it was to have her brother’s shocking past (and more) go public on the April 26 episode of Counting On, and explained how it completely changed her relationship with Ben.
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Luckily, it affected their marriage in a good way, and not in a negative one. “For us as a couple, it even strengthened our resolve to be true to our wedding vows and to always keep our first love, which is God, and pursue that and then pursue each other 100 percent,” Jessa revealed. “I feel like we as a couple even drew closer together through the difficulty.”
It was nearly a year ago that the child molestation scandal from Josh’s past went public, but things got even worse in August, when he admitted to cheating on his wife, Anna Duggar, and being addicted to porn. For Jessa, these new revelations were the hardest to take, because she initially stood by her brother, despite being one of his victims.
“It was very difficult and we cried a lot of tears,” she admitted “I felt like it was especially difficult for me because I had spoken out in defense of Josh and had stood up for him and then there was a whole other wave of things that came through.”
Having a new baby at home didn’t make things easier, and Jessa revealed that it took months for her and Ben to get through it. “It was really difficult for me to just be like, ‘I stood up here, I spoke out for him,’ and yet there were some things he was hiding and wasn’t being honest about,” she explained. “It was very emotional through those months after that, just working through all that.”
Josh went to rehab for his problems last year and left the faith-based facility on March 10. He and Anna, who have four kids together, are currently trying to make their relationship work, although, as we previously reported, it sure hasn’t been easy.
HollywoodLifers, what do you think of Jessa’s reaction to Josh’s scandal?