Josh Duggar probably won’t be celebrating a “happy” wedding anniversary this year. Gossip Cop reports that Josh’s wife, Anna Duggar, has said that she’s going to have a “hard time” celebrating the couple’s seventh wedding anniversary in September.
An insider source told Gossip Cop that Anna Duggar was “deeply hurt” by the revelation of Josh’s infidelity courtesy the Ashley Madison hack. The marriage is now plagued by “trust issues” even though Anna previously pledged that she wouldn’t divorce Josh.
Recently, the public learned that Josh was a paid member of Ashley Madison, a social network designed to help people have extramarital affairs. He spent close to $1,000 on two different Ashley Madison accounts between February 2013 and May 2015, the New Yorker reports. He also purchased an “affair guarantee” on the site for $250.
Before the Josh Duggar Ashley Madison scandal became public, Josh had been in the news after reports of him inappropriately touching minors, including his sisters, became public. Josh confessed to the charges. Sources say that Anna saw that as something Josh had done when he was a teenager and that he’d “repented and grown.” The Ashley Madison cheating scandal is a whole other matter for Anna Duggar, though.
“Anna was blindsided, deeply hurt… It was done to her,” the insider source told Gossip Cop.
Anna is reportedly doing her best to put it behind her and is “using her faith to guide her forgiveness.”
Looks like the whole Duggar family is divided on Josh’s infidelity. Another article on Gossip Cop reports that some family members are shocked and angry while others are trying to be sympathetic.
“He committed adultery, lied… did everything the family finds an abomination,” says a reported Duggar family insider. “He’s disgraced himself, the family… and now hurt, for lack of a better word, the ‘brand.'”
While the source didn’t reveal which Duggar family members are ashamed of Josh’s actions, his sister Jessa Duggar recently uploaded a photo to Instagram that could reveal her stance on the matter.
On Sunday Jessa posted a picture of an open Bible which was turned to a passage in The Epistle of John that spoke about sin and forgiveness.
The passage reads, “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanest us from all sin.If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Jessa Duggar is one of the minors that Josh confessed to inappropriately touching when he was a teenager.
Josh did apologize for using the Ashley Madison site via a statement.
“I have been the biggest hypocrite ever,” he said. “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.”
Josh Duggar went on to say that he “was ashamed of his double life” and was saddened by the hurt he’d inflicted because of his “personal failings.”
[Image via Instagram]