Amy Duggar was just as shocked as the rest of the world when the news broke that her cousin, Josh Duggar, had sexually molested several young girls.
Now, for the first time, Amy is opening up about the scandal that has shaken their entire family.
“I didn’t know about any of it,” Amy told People Magazine during an exclusive interview for this week’s issue. “It took me by surprise.”
The news regarding Josh’s shocking past came to light three months ago after In Touch Magazine reported the 19 Kids and Counting star, now 27-years-old, had molested five girls when he was a teenager, including two of his sisters, Jill and Jessa Duggar.
Upon finding out about Josh’s inappropriate behavior, Amy’s aunt and uncle, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, sent her first cousin away for treatment. Amy said she remembered Josh being gone for an extended period of time, but said she never knew where he was, or why he was there.
“I knew that he did go away for a little bit, but I didn’t know why,” she told the magazine.
Despite the immense amount of rumors suggesting that Amy was one of Josh’s victims, she said that never happened.
“I was not part of it at all,” she said. “I wasn’t anywhere near any of that.”
TLC has since cancelled their reality show, 19 Kids and Counting, and Amy said the entire family is trying to move on with their lives.
“Honestly, I don’t even think about it,” she said. “I think we’re all past it.”
As the Inquisitr previously reported, Amy, who is known as the “rebel” of the Duggar family, is currently planning her upcoming wedding to her fiancé, Dillon King. The photos of her sexy engagement shoot were recently released online, and showed the pair getting dirty in the mud at King’s farm.
— EntertainmentTonight (@etnow) August 11, 2015
“One of our three engagement photo looks was a mud fight,” Amy wrote alongside one of the photos she posted on Instagram. “It was kind of, not scandalous, but a little less what you’d expect from a Duggar.”
— Who-is-famous (@Who_is_Famous) August 10, 2015
Although this is the first time Amy has been interviewed about Josh Duggar’s molestation scandal, she had vaguely spoken about it before in a May Instagram post.
“Never stop praying,” she captioned a photo that read, “No matter what happens in life our prayers are heard. Pray for your enemies. Pray for people who judge you and mistreat you. Pray for God’s will in every aspect of your life.”
[Photo via Twitter]