A member of the Duggar family is making some shocking claims about her husband’s behavior.
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, former stars of 19 Kids and Counting, loved to dish out marriage advice on their family’s reality series. However, Amy Duggar King didn’t look to her famous aunt and uncle for help when she and Dillon King, her husband of a little over a year, began experiencing relationship difficulties. Instead, Amy decided to sign on for Season 7 of the WE tv reality series Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars.
Amy Duggar only starred in a handful of 19 Kids and Counting episodes, and she has not appeared on the Duggar family’s new TLC series, Counting On, at all. This may be because she and Dillon King were busy filming Marriage Boot Camp. She and Dillon joined the show after just seven months of being husband and wife, and their decision to seek help so soon reportedly shocked their castmates.
“Upon arrival, their lack of respect for each other is apparent,” the show’s description reads.
As People reports, the preview for Marriage Boot Camp Season 7 shows Amy Duggar, who is described as “the black sheep of the Duggar family,” talking about a scary encounter with her husband. She tells her castmates that Dillon “picked me up by my throat, all the way up to the ceiling.”
The other cast members of Marriage Boot Camp Season 7 include Ashley and J.P. Rosenbaum (The Bachelorette), PreMadonna and Buck Thomas (Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta), Renee Graziano and Joey Gambino (Mob Wives), and Gabi Victor and Victor Tarrats (Bad Girls Club). Dr. Ish Major and Dr. Venus Nicolin will try to help the couples work through their issues and decide whether they want to stay together or go their separate ways.
Spoiler alert: Amy and Dillon are definitely still together.
Laying in bed, we both couldn’t sleep so we are holding hands and doing a Bible study. Sometimes I just Thank.God for such a good man.
— AmyRking (@amyduggar) November 29, 2016
Amy Duggar is often referred to as the “rebel” of the Duggar family because she’s not quite as conservative as her famous cousins and her strict aunt and uncle. Longtime fans of the Duggar family know that Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar believe that couples should remain abstinent until marriage, and they even encourage their kids to save their first kisses for their wedding days. Amy thinks that this is a terrible idea.
“I think kissing before marriage should happen,” she told People. “What if you get married and then that connection isn’t there?”
Amy also disagrees with her family’s views on saving sex for marriage, and she says that she’s glad she wasn’t a virgin on her wedding night.
“I think that if I was a virgin on my wedding night and had never been kissed, I would end up rocking in the corner! That is so much emotion all at once.”
It seems highly unlikely that Amy would ask her famous family members for marriage advice, but if she did, she probably wouldn’t like what Michelle Duggar would tell her to do. On the Duggar Family website, Amy’s aunt claims that her secret to a happy marriage is that she slaps on a fake smile and has sex with Jim Bob whenever he wants to, no matter how horrible she feels.
“Be available, and not just available, but be joyfully available for him,” Michelle writes. “Smile and be willing to say, ‘Yes, sweetie I am here for you,’ no matter what, even though you may be exhausted and big pregnant and you may not feel like he feels. ‘I’m still here for you and I’m going to meet that need because I know it’s a need for you.'”
Michelle and Jim Bob might also advise Amy and her husband to visit the Duggar family’s favorite marriage boot camp. As Radar Online reports, the 19 Kids and Counting stars are big fans of the marriage retreats at Fort Rock Family Camp, the replica of an Old West town owned by their future in-laws, the Forsyth family. At the retreat, husbands and wives listen to “powerful truths from scripture encouraging couples to strive for a marriage the way God designed it to be.” There are also “humorous games,” including a “skillet tossin'” competition for the womenfolk.
The black sheep of the Duggar family probably won’t be tossing any skillets on Marriage Boot Camp, but a lot of drinks are thrown in the Season 7 preview. You can check out the premiere Friday, January 6, at 9 p.m. ET on WE tv.
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