For the most part, growing up with 18 siblings sounds like a nightmare.
The lack of bathroom access alone would be reason enough to run away from home.
But we suppose there are some upsides, too — like the fact that you really never have to worry about companionship.
After all, with that many siblings, you’re sure to get along with at least one of them, right?
Of course, the problem with raising and homeschooling an army of kids in a rural environment is that they don’t have much incentive or opportunity to branch out and form relationships outside the family.
Which may be why fans are convinced the Duggar kids never bothered to make any friends.
Take a look:
1. So Many Duggars
3. Jill and Jessa Forever
4. Better Than Besties
5. And They’re Not the Only Ones …
6. Not the Same
For the past several months, we’ve been predicting that Josh Duggar is planning to return to television in the very near future.
The signs have been everywhere, and based on his family’s recent social media activity, it seems the dreaded day is fast approaching.
Josh’s comeback tour began back in September, when Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar paid tribute to their disgraced son on the family’s official Facebook page.
Josh and Anna were celebrating their ten-year anniversary, so it wasn’t terribly surprising that his parents decided to put him front and center.
What was surprising, however, was the fact that Josh continued to make appearances on his family’s social media pages long after his milestone anniversary had passed.
As you probably recall, in the wake of the Josh Duggar sex scandals of 2015, the former reality star and lobbyist completely disappeared from the public eye.
During that time, the Duggars focused on rebuilding their media empire, which forced the family to shove Josh to the margins.
However, even during that uncertain time, the Duggars repeatedly refused to commit to the idea of permanently banning Josh from their television projects.
And so, for many fans, the recent efforts to rebuild Josh’s reputation have not come as much of a surprise.
At this point, the family is including him in social media posts without explanation, as though nothing ever happened.
This past weekend, Josh hammed it up in photos taken at an ugly Christmas sweater party thrown by his siblings.
Yes, he looks happier than ever, and the pics convinced many skeptics that Josh will make his long-feared return to television on the upcoming season of Counting On.
As a result of the controversy, Anna Duggar has been reluctantly forced into the spotlight, as many of her social media followers have questioned her decision to remain with Josh.
â€œI love [Anna] so much, but Joshâ€™s sins should make her look the other way and run,â€� one fan commented on her anniversary post.
Astonishingly, others are in favor of the mother of five remaining married to an admitted child molester.
â€œFor all the nay-sayers: why would you want a family to break up? For kids to bounce between homes?â€� wrote one such baffling human being.
Many Duggar fans are holding out hope that the family will come to its senses and put the brakes on Josh’s comeback.
Call us cynics, but we can’t help fearing the worst …
Dillon King is doing Amy Duggar totally raw these days.
We’re not trying to be crude or inappropriate here.
We’re just paraphrasing what King himself said to Us Weekly on Tuesday night.
â€œWeâ€™re practicing, weâ€™re not preventing,â€� Duggarâ€™s husband told this publication yesterday at a WE tv event celebrating the return of Love After Lockup in Beverly Hills.
Fans have been wondering for months whether Amy was expecting her first child.
At this same event, onlookers told In Touch Weekly that Amy and Dillon were asked about the status of the former’s womb often on the red carpet.
â€œI overheard them say to many people that theyâ€™re not pregnant, just practicing,â€� this tabloid’s source said, echoing King’s exact words.
Amy, of course, is the niece of 19 Kids and Counting stars Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar.
She’s 32 years old, which is ancient for one to have her first child in the Duggar universe.
But Amy has always been her own person in this regard, even throwing a bit of shade at her relatives who got pregnant within weeks of exchanging vows.
â€œI [don’t] want to limit myself by just getting pregnant right off the bat and not exploring the rest of what my life could be,â€� Duggar explained in October in defending her life choices.
It now sounds as if Duggar and King are prepared for parenthood, however.
â€œIf it happens, it happens,â€� she told Us Weekly on Tuesday, adding:
â€œWeâ€™re ready to be parents. Weâ€™re ready whenever it happens.â€�Â
Like many other woman, however, Amy also confessed that she’s worried what pregnancy will do to her appearance.
â€œI donâ€™t want to look like an Oompa Loompa,â€� she joked.
Duggar and King got married in September of 2015.
They actually appeared on Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars Season 7, but have since worked out all the issues that plagued them at the time.
â€œFor me, I just want to be a hands-on kind of mom. Heâ€™ll be a hands-on kind of dad,â€� Amy continued on the subject of kids.
â€œWe want to be involved in our kidsâ€™ lives no matter what they do. And theyâ€™re going to be our little best friends. They donâ€™t know it yet, but they will.â€�
The plan is to have no more than two children and to announce Duggar’s eventual pregnancy in a way that is “out of the ordinary,” Duggar teases.
We don’t know what that means.
But we’re intrigued!
As for their spontaneous sex life?”
Donâ€™t plan it,â€� King actually told Us. â€œLike on Tuesday, letâ€™s get coffee, and then maybe we have fun.”
For years now, fans have been speculating on the possibility of Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard getting divorced.
It sounds crazy — after all, the Duggars very strongly disapprove of divorce — but then again the family has never had to deal with an in-law like Derick before.
For quite some time, insiders have concurred that the Duggars simply don’t like Dillard.
The reports of Derick cheating on Jill remain unconfirmed, but sources say Jim Bob and Michelle are angry with their daughter’s husband for even putting himself in a position where infidelity might seem plausible.
And of course, there are the other reasons that the Duggars aren’t huge fans of Derick’s, chief among them is his bizarre attack on Jazz Jennings, a transgender teen and fellow TLC star.
While the Duggars agree with Derick’s bigoted views, they typically like to keep the uglier aspects of their belief system under wraps, and Dillard violated a cardinal rule with his social media tantrum.
â€œThey donâ€™t like what he is doing,â€� a source told OK! magazine at the time.
â€œ[Jim Bob and Michelle] arenâ€™t a fan of what he says and how he says it.â€�
All of this is to say that the Duggars might be a bit flexible on their staunch anti-divorce views when it comes to Derick.
And based on the family’s latest social media activity, some fans think Jill and Derick are well on their way to calling it quits.
Over the weekend, the Duggars held an ugly Christmas sweater party.
It seems this is a new tradition for the Counting On clan, and everyone turned out sporting their garish red-and-green best.
Well … almost everyone.
As many fans pointed out, it appears that Jill attended the event solo.
As the other Duggars posed with their spouses, Jill opted to take a photo with her sister Jessa.
The official explanation from the Duggars is that Derick was studying for finals.
(Dillard is currently a law student at the University of Arkansas.)
Other insiders have claimed that Derick generally steers clear of Duggar family events due to friction with Jill’s parents.
Of course, Michelle and Jim Bob are currently in Honduras for a missionary trip, so that excuse doesn’t quite hold water.
So is it possible that Jill and Derick are actually headed for divorce?
We’ll keep an eye on the situation, but if there’s really trouble in fundamentalist paradise, you can bet the Duggars will go to great lengths to keep the split under wraps.
If you follow the family, then you’re probably aware that not a week goes by without a new Duggar-related controversy.
Usually, these mini-scandals come and go, and a reasonable explanation emerges eventually.
But the latest is one of the most bonkers to come down the pipe in a while, and the Duggars might have a hard time explaining this one away.
Fans believe Anna Duggar can be seen breastfeeding in a recent photo, and since her youngest child is more than a year old, the pic raises some serious questions.
Take a look:
1. Secret Baby?
2. Could It Be?
3. The Down-Low
4. But Why?
5. Josh Is Back
6. The “Evidence”
It’s been less than a year since Joy-Anna Duggar welcomed her first child, but fans are convinced she already has another bun in the oven.
Adding to the speculation is the fact that for months, there was no official response to the Joy-Anny pregnancy rumors.
Joy didn’t respond herself, and no one in her family had anything to say.
It was one of those situations in which many felt that Joy’s silence spoke volumes.
Surely, if she wasn’t actually pregnant, she would just speak up and set the record straight, right?
Well, not necessarily.
The Duggars generally keep mum on these types of rumors for a number of reasons.
For one thing, they tend to favor a “don’t feed the trolls” approach to coping with internet rumors and criticism.
On top of that, such rumors can be good for ratings — particularly when they help to create an aura of mystery.
So that may be why Joy has yet to issue a statement on whether or not she’s pregnant:
As it is, fans may have to wait until the next new episode of Counting On to find out if she has any big news.
Rather than clearing the air with a definitive statement, Joy has further piqued fans’ curiosity with this photo:
What exactly is going on here?
Well, that’s a surprisingly difficult question to answer.
We know that this pic was taken at the Duggars’ annual ugly Christmas sweater party.
But fans aren’t all that interested in Joy and Austin Forsyth’s garish patterns — instead, they want to know what’s going on underneath those sweaters.
Clearly, Austin is rocking some extra padding for the sake of comedy, but it’s a little less clear what’s happening with Joy.
Some fans think they detect a baby bump.
Others feel that those fans are falling victim to an optical illusion or being overly critical of a new mother’s body.
A third group thinks that both Joy and Austin are sporting fake bellies beneath their ugly sweaters.
(We feel compelled to point out that their sweaters aren’t actually ugly, but in the context of an ugly sweater party, that might actually constitute a compliment.)
We can’t say for sure, but we’re guessing Joy is loving the confusion.
She may not be as rebellious as Jinger or revel in taking down online haters like Jessa, but Joy has a mischievous streak in her.
We’re guessing she knew that this pic would create a world of confusion.
And we’re guessing that’s exactly why she posed for it.