How the Family Fell Apart
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 Ashleymadison.com 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.”