In case you’ve been following Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar and their super-sized household since their 19 Youngsters & Counting days, then you definately possible keep in mind how massive of a deal it was when their oldest son, Josh Duggar, began a courtship. Josh and Anna weren’t allowed to kiss earlier than marriage, may solely side-hug, and needed to have a chaperone always. However ultimately, they tied the knot and began a household of their very own.
Today, Josh and Anna at present have six youngsters — and though Anna and the youngsters have appeared on TLC’s Counting On lately, Josh has seemingly dropped off the face of the earth.
What some viewers won’t understand is that his absence is fully by design. However the place is the oldest Duggar son? Let’s take a deep dive into why he is not on Counting On, together with what he is as much as at present.
The place is the oldest Duggar son?
Again in Could 2015, outdated police paperwork surfaced that exposed a severe household scandal. When Josh was a younger teenager, he groped 4 of his sisters and one non-related underage lady whereas they have been sleeping. Josh confessed to his wrongdoings to his mother and father, however he continued to interact within the inappropriate habits even after that.
Michelle and Jim Bob despatched their oldest son away to a Christian-based counseling program along with going to the police. Josh was investigated for sexual offenses — together with forcible fondling of breasts and genitals — but he was by no means truly charged with a criminal offense.
“Twelve years in the past, as a younger teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I’m extraordinarily sorry and deeply remorse. I damage others, together with my household and shut buddies,” Josh stated within the assertion posted on the Duggar household’s Fb web page in 2015.
“We spoke with the authorities the place I confessed my wrongdoing, and my mother and father organized for me and people affected by my actions to obtain counseling,” he continued. “I understood that if I continued down this mistaken street that I’d find yourself ruining my life.”
When the scandal got here to gentle, TLC abruptly stopped airing 19 Youngsters & Counting. The community did not truly cancel the present, nevertheless, till July.
The very subsequent month, it was revealed that Josh was a paying member of Ashley Madison — a relationship web site that helps individuals have extramarital affairs
“I’ve been the largest hypocrite ever,” he wrote on the time. “Whereas espousing religion and household values, I’ve secretly over the past a number of years been viewing pornography on the web and this grew to become a secret habit and I grew to become untrue to my spouse.”
By the point December rolled round, the Duggar household had returned to TLC with a re-named sequence known as Counting On. Josh has by no means been noticed on the present, nevertheless — nor will he ever. Anna and the remainder of the Duggar household might have forgiven him, however TLC is finished with him for good.
Josh and Anna appear to be dwelling on the “compound” with Michelle and Jim Bob.
Though Josh, Anna, and their six children do not dwell in the principle Duggar home, they’ve reportedly been staying in one of many different buildings on the identical Tontitown, Ark., property — in what’s known as the warehouse.
It is unclear whether or not this can be a long-term dwelling state of affairs in order that Michelle and Jim Bob can “maintain an eye fixed” on their disgraced son, however Josh, Anna, and their youngsters have been dwelling there since promoting their five-bedroom residence in 2019. They’ve but to buy a brand new residence.
At this level, it is also unknown whether or not Josh at present has a job. The automotive dealership at which he was employed was reportedly raided by Homeland Safety in November in relation to an “ongoing federal prison investigation.” So his employment standing stays unclear.
It is value noting that photographs of Josh do seem periodically on numerous Duggar Instagram accounts — and most frequently on his spouse, Anna’s, or the Duggar Household account, which run by Michelle and Jim Bob. Simply do not count on to see the oldest Duggar son on Counting On, properly, ever.