How the Fam­ily Fell Apart

In Touch (USA) - - Cover Story -

FIND­ING FAME Con­ser­va­tive Chris­tians Jim Bob, Michelle and their kids, in­clud­ing el­dest child Josh, be­come re­al­ity TV stars in 2008 with the launch of 19 Kids and Count­ing, one of TLC’S most pop­u­lar shows.

JOSH EX­POSED In May 2015, In Touch un­earths an Arkansas po­lice re­port con­firm­ing Josh, as a teen in 2002 and 2003, mo­lested five girls, in­clud­ing one who was just 5.

TEARFUL IN­TER­VIEW In a June 2015 in­ter­view with Fox’s Megyn Kelly, Jessa and Jill con­firm they’re among their brother’s vic­tims. “I had to make that choice to for­give him,” says Jill.


In Au­gust 2015, a month af­ter 19 Kids and Count­ing’s can­cel­la­tion, a hack ex­poses Josh as a pay­ing cus­tomer of the Ash­ley­madi­ cheaters’ web­site. He ad­mits he’s “the big­gest hyp­ocrite ever.”


Af­ter con­fess­ing he’s a porn ad­dict who’s been un­faith­ful to wife Anna, Josh checks into the faith-based treat­ment cen­ter Re­form­ers Unan­i­mous in Illi­nois for more than seven months.


Josh’s long­suf­fer­ing wife, Anna, takes him back, and in March tear­fully ad­mits, “God’s grace can give me the strength to love Josh when others would say he doesn’t de­serve it.”

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