Josh Duggar has been able to see his wife, Anna, and youngest daughter, Meredith Grace, but will be spending Christmas alone at the rehabilitation facility in Illinois. Sources have revealed that the rest of the Duggar family might be uncomfortable with Josh in the room.
Anna reportedly flew up to the Rockford, Illinois, area in the Duggar family’s private jet, along with the baby, thanks to her brother-in-law, Josh-David, who has his pilot license. The separation from Josh has been particularly hard on his four children, Marcus, Mackenzie, Michael, and Meredith Grace, reports People.
According to a source, the children have asked their mother “[w]here’s daddy?” and eagerly await his return. Naturally, the kids “miss their dad,” as any child would. Although one would imagine Josh loved seeing his baby daughter, there’s been no word about what happened during the visit.
Anna, who confessed on the most recent episode of Jill & Jessa: Counting On that her deepest desire is that her marriage returns to normal, said visiting Josh “‘was the best three days of my life,” the source revealed. While Anna has forgiven her husband for cheating on her and publicly embarrassing her, and simultaneously bringing down one of America’s favorite reality television families, the rest of the Duggar family has not.
Josh will not be coming home for Christmas, and instead will remain at the faith-based rehab center for the holidays. An insider at Reformers Unanimous, where Josh is currently getting treatment, said that while the “holidays are a very busy time, with lots of activities,” they’re not exactly fun. Although Josh will be treated to a special meal by Reformers Unanimous staffers, he will still be expected to go to his regular meetings, even though they land on the holiday.
“Every Friday, they have to attend a meeting, and Christmas will be no exception,” the insider told Radar Online.
Although the family does not seem to have any plans to fly out to see Josh, they’re trying to forgive him. According to a source, Jim Bob has told the rest of the Duggar clan that “this is just another new level of forgiveness.”
At this point, though, if Josh were to return for Christmas, “there would be a huge elephant in the room,” now that the Duggar family reportedly has lost about $25 million in book deals, salaries from TLC, and appearances thanks to the molestation and Ashley Madison scandals.
When Anna visited Josh Duggar at the rehab center, Anna’s brother-in-law, John-David, flew her up to Illinois. John-David recently revealed that he’s heartbroken over his brother’s scandals, confessing in an on-camera interview during Jill & Jessa: Counting On that he no longer wants to be like Josh. During his childhood, John-David revealed, he looked up to his older, conservative Christian brother as a role model.
After finding out Josh Duggar was hiding his terrible secret from the rest of the family, John-David tearfully confessed that he now no longer idolizes his older brother, and in fact, wants little to do with him. John-David told cameras during an on-air confessional that learning Josh was leading a double life and cheating on his wife using two Ashley Madison accounts “was a little more of a shock probably than the first stuff coming out,” referring to revelations that Josh molested several young girls when he was 14-years-old.
“One of the toughest things I had to tell [Josh] was, I don’t want to be like you anymore,” John-David confessed during the premiere episode of Jill & Jessa: Counting On.
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