John-David Duggar says his family is stronger than ever in the aftermath of his brother Josh’s recent scandals. In an interview with Good Morning America, John-David said his family has moved on from his older brother’s sexual molestation, cheating, and secret pornography addiction scandals, and that they have all forgiven him.
“The devil took his best shot. And he tried to take our whole family down, but God has really used this to – instead of tearing us apart as a family, he’s using it to draw us together.”
Josh Duggar’s Christian-based world came crashing down on him last year when several scandals of his past were made public. After his name turned up on the affair-seeking site Ashley Madison last summer, Duggar sought treatment at a faith-based rehabilitation center in Rockford, Illinois. The firstborn Duggar brother recently returned to his Arkansas home with his wife Anna, and their four children, but not before 19 Kids and Counting, the family’s long-running TLC reality show, was canceled.
According to John-David, the entire Duggar clan has moved on—and, with the debut of the new spinoff series, Jill and Jessa: Counting On, and they hope their loyal fans have too.
“We’re moving on with our lives, and we’re really looking forward to the future. And so we wanted to kind of share that with our fans, the folks that have followed us for years.”
John-David Duggar has taken the brunt of his older brother’s scandalous behavior. The second-oldest Duggar son is now expected to be a role model for his 17 younger siblings. According to Us Weekly, John-David previously said he no longer wants to be like his older brother Josh—and he even told him so.
“I’ve got a whole bunch of younger siblings looking up to me and I’ve got to be an example to them. Because whatever I am, that’s what they want to be. That’s what it was for me and Josh. I always wanted to be like him. But, one of the toughest things I ever had to tell my older brother was, ‘I don’t want to be like you anymore.’ “
John-David and most of the other Duggar siblings will appear on the TLC spinoff, which will focus on Jill and Jessa Duggar’s new lives as married moms. While Josh Duggar’s wife Anna will make cameos on the new series, Josh will not appear on it at all.
Favorite this tweet if you think Jana should get twitter pic.twitter.com/RrjRvLYA1w— John-David Duggar (@DuggarJohnDavid) April 2, 2015
John-David Duggar previously made headlines after his sister Jill’s 2014 wedding. The single Duggar son joked to People that he was taking “applications” for soul mates, and that he got an “overwhelming response” for potential girls to court. Unfortunately, it may be harder for him to find a courting partner now that his brother’s scandals have tarnished the Duggar family name. Some fans think that John-David’s younger brother Josiah’s courtship with Marjorie Jackson ended due to Josh’s indiscretions. Josiah and Marjorie split abruptly in the middle of the shocking sex scandal.
Still, John-David’s mom Michelle Duggar has faith that he second son is marriage material. On her blog for TLC, Mama Duggar wrote that John-David is preparing to be a good provider for his future family.
“Our son John-David has got a job and a home. He’s leasing that home out as rental income and putting the money aside … So he’s definitely at that place in life where he’s ready to be a husband and a provider and he would be open to courting a young lady if he felt she would be the one for him.”
You can see John-David Duggar and his siblings on Good Morning America in the video below.
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