Anna Duggar put divorce rumors to rest as she revealed she wants her marriage “to be restored” on the Dec. 20 episode of “Jill And Jessa: Counting On.” A teary Anna said she has forgiven Josh for his child molestation scandal and cheating, and wants their marriage to work.
“My prayer and my heart’s desire is for our marriage to be restored,” said Anna, as she wiped away a tear. “I know there are those that feel I have every right to walk away from this marriage, and I respect other people’s views. But in my heart, when I married, I vowed to God first and then to Joshua, for better or worse, ’til death do we part.”
God has unfailing love for me and he’s loved and forgiven me of so much and I pray that through all this I would be an extension of God’s love to Joshua, that I would love him and forgive him and that I would wait patiently and allow god to work in our hearts.”
Anna, who married Josh in 2008, is raising their four young children on her own as Josh gets treated in rehab for porn and sex addictions. Anna said she was aware that Josh had sexually molested five underage girls (including his sisters Jessa and Jill) when he was 14 years old.
The Duggars’ hit TV show, “19 Kids and Counting” was canceled in May 2015 after old police reports of the incident went public. Anna said she well aware of the sex scandal and put it behind her.
“Not long after Josh and I first met, our family went to Arkansas and visited Joshua’s family,” said Anna, 27. “While we were there, Joshua shared with my parents his life story: the good and the bad and the ugly.
He was very detailed and very honest with my parents because, in his heart, he wanted to pursue a relationship.
He knew ‘Hey, before this gets anywhere I really want her parents to know who I am, what I’ve walked through and the direction I’m headed in.'”
However, Anna was shocked when she learned that Josh had cheated on her when she was pregnant with their fourth child. In November 2015, porn star Danica Dillon filed a $500,000 lawsuit claiming Josh had sexually battered her, Celebrity Health & Fitness reported.
Anna was initially in denial about Josh’s affairs, but has since learned to accept them. “My first reaction really was denial,” she said. “I was really hurt that someone would think that about my husband, because I really thought everything was OK and we had a strong marriage.”
Initially I was really speechless and I didn’t know what to say. It just felt like a bad dream. It didn’t seem possible. I was just like ”I’m going to wake up and everything’s going to be OK. This can’t be true.'”
The Duggar family has been slammed for exploiting Anna’s marital problems, Josh sex scandals and divorce speculation to boost ratings for their TV show, “Jill & Jessa: Counting On.” While the show is supposed to focus on Jessa Duggar Seewald and her sister Jill Duggar Dillard, Anna has become a focal point because of the intense public interest following Josh’s cheating and child molestation scandals.
Critics say the Duggars should not be allowed to profit from their scandals. More than 1,000 companies have pledged not to advertise on “Jill & Jessa: Counting On,” but the public outrage has only fueled more interest in the show.
Despite the public furor, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are more than happy to pimp out their children because they lost the major chunk of their income after “19 Kids and Counting” was canceled due to Josh’s sex scandals.
The Duggars earned $25,000 to $45,000 per episode of “19 Kids and Counting.” The Duggars have also reportedly lost income totaling over $25 million this year as a result of lost book deals, endorsement and speaking engagements stemming from their TV show’s cancellation.
With “Jill & Jessa: Counting On,” the Duggars see a chance to revive their lucrative TV empire, so it’s not surprising they will exploit Anna’s depression, Josh’s sex scandals and any other controversy to ensure they stay on air. Part 3 of “Jill & Jessa: Counting On,” which airs Dec. 27.