As the controversial family returned yet again to reality TV in Jill and Jessa: Counting On, rumors flew of a Duggar divorce. Ben Seewald has now addressed those rumors, at least as they pertain to his own marriage, saying that there’s no truth to it.
There have been reports of marital problems in the Duggar family for a while. Hollywood Life spoke in January of rumors that Jim Bob and Michelle had fought over how they would handle Josh’s problems, and that their marriage had nearly been destroyed by the events.
It’s not only the Duggar matriarch and patriarch who are said to be struggling, though. EnStarz reports that sources close to the family have said Ben and Jessa Seewald are having marital difficulties following the birth of their son.
Ben spoke in an episode of Counting On about having to make an extra effort to spend time together as a couple — an experience to which every new parent can probably relate. They’re also a new, young couple, who have been married less than a year and a half (they wed in November 2014, according to US Weekly), and for the pair to be working out how their relationship fits together with Baby Seewald wouldn’t be too far out.
However, rumors said that the problems went beyond that.
The Duggar family adheres to a strict religious belief that calls for women to submit to a male “headship” in the form of husband or father, sexual purity (the couples aren’t allowed to kiss before marriage, and only engage in side hugs — no front-facing hugs allowed!), and does not support divorce.
Last week, a fan queried on Ben Seewald’s public Facebook page whether there was any truth to the rumors. Ben responded, firmly denying that anything is wrong in his marriage. He also wondered where the tales may have come from, and mocked the anonymous source, joking that someone seems to always know more about the Duggar family than they know themselves.
The word at the Star magazine said that you and Jessa are having marriage problems.
We’re doing great! I don’t know where they got that info??? Maybe that anonymous “source” that seems to know more about us than we ourselves do! Lol
There has certainly been drama before surrounding anonymous sources close to the Duggar family, and the information they’ve let out. For instance, in January, Dillon King, husband of Jim Bob’s niece Amy, made a public declaration denying that he and Amy were the source of rumors that Anna Duggar had gotten pregnant while visiting her husband in the rehab program he entered to combat what the family described as an addiction to porn.
While reports of Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar being near divorce apparently stem from the couple having vehement disagreements, Ben and Jessa Seewald’s divorce rumor is different. It seems to be based entirely on the couple’s struggles to adapt to life with a new baby — something that is a normal part of marriage, and that many families do have to work through.
Whether or not the young couple have struggled with it more than the average marital pair, Seewald says that divorce is not in the air, at least for them — and it’s clear that they are managing time together, even if it’s not as much as before the baby joined their household.
— Ben Seewald (@BenSeewald) March 23, 2016
If the future does hold a Duggar divorce, Ben Seewald is assuring his followers that he and Jessa won’t be the pair to part ways.
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