Josh & Anna Duggar Are Expecting Baby No. 5 & The Announcement Addresses Their Past
Well it looks like the Duggar clan is keeping up with their brand. Josh and Anna Duggar are expecting baby number five and shared the announcement on the Duggar Family website. The two have been relatively quiet in the media up until now amidst the scandals that have hit the Duggar family in the past two years, but their announcement addresses the work they have done and will continue to do.
For nearly the last two years, we have quietly worked to save our marriage, focus on our children, and rebuild our lives together as a family. Doing so is never easy after a breach of trust. We’ve learned that a life of faith and rebuilding a life together is simply done one day at a time. As we continue our journey as a family and rebuild our lives, we are delighted to share with you that we are expecting a new baby boy later this year. Beauty comes from ashes and we cannot wait to see and kiss the face of this sweet new boy! - Josh & Anna
Josh and Anna were two of the many stars on TLC's hit reality show, 19 Kids and Counting, which focused on the large Duggar family. But The Huffington Post reported that in 2015, the show was cancelled (despite its overwhelming popularity) after Josh, the oldest of the Duggar clan, admitted to molesting young girls as a teen, including two of his sisters.
USA Today reported that Jill Dillard and Jessa Seewald, Josh's younger sisters and victims of his sexual abuse, spoke with Megyn Kelly on The Kelly File after the allegations came to light. In the interview, both defended Josh and spoke about feeling victimized again as the story was made public.
Reportedly, Josh came forward to his parents and told them that he had "improperly touched" two of his sisters. His parents had him speak to a state trooper, who USA Today noted is currently serving a 56-year prison sentence for child pornography, and no case was ever brought against Josh.
A few months after the sexual abuse was made public, Josh found his name in the media again. According to US Weekly, Josh admitted to cheating on his wife, Anna, after his contact information was found in the leak on Ashley Madison, an infidelity website. The couple had four children at the time.
People reported that Josh entered rehab in August 2015 and returned home to Anna and his children in March 2016. A statement from Anna on the Duggar Family website noted that she had visited him a few months before he left rehab and that she had been on "a long, difficult road."
Baby number five will join his four older siblings: Meredith Grace, Mackynzie, Michael, and Marcus. The couple has not announced the due date.