Jill Duggar and her husband, Derick, made a quick trip home last week for a wedding, but the visit was short-lived as they had to return to their missionary duties in Central America. This time around, Jill took her sister Joy along.
Jill and Derick were in town to celebrate the wedding of fellow reality stars and longtime family friend Michaela Bates, and she and various attendees at the ceremony posted several photos of the day, including one of Duggar matriarch Michelle playing with baby Israel.
Jill posted photos on Instagram of her family on the plane, but didn’t share details about how long Joy is going to stay abroad.
Jill and sister Jessa have garnered quite a bit of attention in recent months after granting an interview to Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly about the sexual abuse they suffered at the hands of eldest brother Josh Duggar. Josh, who was 14 at the time, never had charges brought against him for the abuse of Jill, Jessa, and at least one other sister when they were underage, but Jill and Jessa say they have forgiven him.
Josh has made headlines of his own since May, when police reports detailing the abuse were made public online. Recently, his name was associated with the cheating site Ashley Madison after hackers released private information from some 37 million clients. Josh released a statement afterward, admitting that he had paid for the account and calling himself a “hypocrite” for taking a position at the Family Research Council, which he resigned from after the sexual abuse scandal.
“I have been the biggest hypocrite ever. While espousing faith and family values, I have secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography on the internet and this became a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife. I brought hurt and a reproach to my family, close friends and the fans of our show with my actions that happened when I was 14-15 years old, and now I have re-broken their trust,” Duggar said in his statement. “As I am learning the hard way, we have the freedom to choose to our actions, but we do not get to choose our consequences. I deeply regret all hurt I have caused so many by being such a bad example. I humbly ask for your forgiveness.”
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