We’ve been following the Duggar family for years thanks to Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar thrusting their 19 kids into the spotlight. But it’s Jill Duggar who’s making headlines now. Jill and her husband, Derick Dillard, are notoriously on the outs with the rest of Jill’s family. And Derick continues to speak out with his truths regarding what really goes down behind closed doors.
Despite Derick spilling the tea, Jill herself seems to stay out of the drama. And she recently posted photos of her family having some fun for her son’s birthday. While Derick has noted before that Jill doesn’t seem to have the greatest relationship with Jim Bob, she just posted evidence that she’s still on good terms with Michelle. Here’s what we noticed.
Jill Duggar’s husband, Derick Dillard, is speaking out about a Duggar family rift
Derick has been putting the Duggars in a bad light for years. While he and Jill are notoriously no longer welcome on TLC’s Counting On, he’s not finished talking about the famous family just yet. At the end of 2019, he took to Instagram to share some information with his followers. Within the comments of one of his posts, he noted that Jill isn’t allowed in her parents’ house without permission from Jim Bob first. And he also stated that Jill was pressured into continuing to film for TLC despite no longer wishing to do so.
Now, Derick is still talking about the Duggars — and he even stated he’d love to write a book to set the story straight. Jill’s husband spoke to YouTuber Without a Crystal Ball, and he noted he and Jill no longer associate with her parents’ ministry, the Institute of Basic Life Principles. He also said that TLC gave him and Jill zero choices when it came to when and how they announced major life events.
Jill noted she’s spending time with her in-laws for Israel’s birthday
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Happy 5th birthday Israel! 🥳 Although the current state with Coronavirus has changed our plans, we are counting our blessings and trying to make lemonades from lemons… We decorated the house after the boys went to bed last night and they were so excited this morning! We did a special birthday breakfast and are planning a drive this afternoon to say hey to friends from our car before we make our way to Derick’s mom and stepdad’s for a simple celebration in their front yard (keeping our distance)! Who knows, it may turn into a bear hunt around their neighborhood looking for stuffed bears in neighbors windows 🤫 Israel has loved getting to spread out his birthday over several days since gifts have been coming in the mail from family during #socialdistancing and is being a great sport about the non-traditional celebration. We’re so blessed to still be able to show him how special he is. We love you Israel 🤩!
Jill hasn’t spoken out about possible estrangement from her family. We know she, Derick, and their two children rarely attend any Duggar family events or weekly gatherings at Jim Bob and Michelle’s. But it seems they’re quite close with Derick’s side of the family. Jill frequently posts about seeing her in-laws, and it looks like they also helped celebrate Jill’s son’s birthday.
“Happy 5th birthday Israel! Although the current state with Coronavirus has changed our plans, we are counting our blessings and trying to make lemonades from lemons,” Jill captioned her Instagram post on April 6.
Jill then went on to explain how she and Derick helped make Israel’s birthday special despite the coronavirus (COVID-19) scare. “We did a special birthday breakfast and are planning a drive this afternoon to say hey to friends from our car before we make our way to Derick’s mom and stepdad’s for a simple celebration in their front yard (keeping our distance)!”
A photo shows Michelle Duggar in the background
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So grateful for my mom this Mother’s Day! ❤️ She demonstrates what a selfless, joyful, patient mother should look like as she raised and continues to raise all 19 of us! 🌸 She is the most loving person you’ll ever meet! 🌷She always takes time to invest in the life of her kids and is constantly looking for ways to bless others! ☀️I’m so grateful to have the most amazing mom in the world as my mom and a great role model for me and many others! 🤗💕 #happymothersday
Jill made zero mention of seeing her family for Israel’s birthday. But one of the photos she posted seemed to indicate that Michelle did drop by to give a social-distancing hello to the family. In the third photo in Jill’s photo set, Israel and Samuel are inside while Michelle, Josie, and another Duggar daughter are peeking through the window. Jim Bob, however, appeared to not be in attendance.
This isn’t the only evidence to suggest that Jill and Michelle are on fine terms. Back when Jinger visited all of her sisters at the end of February 2020, Jessa posted a photo of all the Duggar women getting together. And both Jill and Michelle were smiling together in the photo.
We’re not sure if Jill will make any attempts to truly repair relations with her family, especially after Derick continues to come forward with more scathing claims. But it seems she and Michelle may still have a lasting bond that can’t be broken.
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