After 31 years, Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar are rumored to be headed to divorce court over the stress of Josh’s sex scandal. The scandal not only affected Josh Duggar’s marriage, but it took a toll on the family dynamic and Michelle’s relationship with Jim Bob. Is it possible the gossip could be right; could the former TLC reality television stars be headed for divorce court?
Michelle has spent the last 31 years, or most of them, having babies every year or two. She has spent most of her adult life either pregnant or nursing. One could argue that it was the life she chose, and they’d be correct. However, Josh’s sex scandal rocked the Duggar family and caused them to question their relationships and faith in God.
— ENSTARS (@EnStars) March 24, 2016
Hollywood Life reported that the stress of Josh being in rehab, the show being canceled, and being forced into paying Anna to stay married to their son has taken an enormous toll on their marriage. The once happy couple are considering separating and have allegedly made plans about how to handle the children should they need to resort to filing for divorce.
Jim Bob believes that Josh is completely cured, and Michelle, while she would never admit it publicly, understands why some family members don’t want Josh around them or their children. It’s splitting the family apart.
According to the report, Jim Bob and Michelle have fought more in the past few months about Josh than they have their entire marriage. Jim Bob feels that Josh is cured and can be fully trusted. However, Michelle is not entirely convinced. She learned from her teenage daughters that they feel uneasy around their brother, and she feels obligated to protect them. It is causing a major problem in the Duggar family, according to the report.
— CELEBUZZ (@CELEBUZZ) March 24, 2016
They rarely argue, but this one was a doozy. [Jim Bob] argued about putting family first and how Michelle needed to move on and put things in the past, and she stood her ground and said she was putting family first by being cautious. Michelle has actually raised her voice to Jim Bob, which never happens. It’s gotten so bad that friends think this could destroy the marriage that no one ever thought could be broken.
Celeb Dirty Laundry reported that the family has voiced some concerns about money and how Josh’s sex scandal caused their primary source of income to virtually disappear. Many of the TLC advertisers won’t work with the network if they air the Duggars’ shows because, allegedly, they don’t meet their brand standards.
Cici’s prides itself on being a family-friendly restaurant. We recently made a large advertising buy on cable television that spanned several networks but did not target any particular program. When we learned one of our ads was placed adjacent to controversial programming, we took immediate action to stop it.
CiCi’s Pizza was not the only advertiser to speak out, either — UPS Store, Verizon Wireless, and Mattress Firm all pulled their advertisement slots during the Duggars’ shows. An inside source confirmed that, while the show being canceled isn’t the root of Michelle and Jim Bob’s marriage discord, it didn’t help either.
— Esscurve (@Esscurve) March 22, 2016
Another issue that is looming over the Duggar family is Anna wanting to leave Josh. For months, the TLC audience expected Anna to walk away from her marriage and protect her daughters from their father. Instead, she chose to forgive him and try to rebuild her life. A new report suggested that her change of heart may have been the result of an enormous financial payoff to stay married to the eldest Duggar child.
Is it possible that the family’s Patriarch, Jim Bob, paid Anna a large sum of money to stay married? Will the family ever be able to repair their image and score another reality television show? Hollywood Life reached out to the Duggars to confirm the gossip about their marriage; they refused to comment. Voice your opinion about the Duggars in the comments below, and come back to The Inquistr for more Duggars gossip and news.
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