Just a few weeks ago, Duggar sisters, Jessa Seewald and Jill Dillard, were gushing over Joy-Anna’s engagement on social media. But when news of Anna and Josh Duggar’s baby no. 5 broke, they were both mum on Twitter and Facebook. Now, many fans are asking: why the silent treatment? Is there still bad blood between them and Josh?
Anna and Josh Duggar revealed they’re having their fifth child in a simple blog post on Friday, wherein the couple shared their hard work to save their marriage and rebuild their lives together 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,” they wrote. “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!”
The couple received some pretty harsh judgment from fans. Despite those, many assumed the Duggars are all excited about Anna’s pregnancy, having moved past Josh’s molestation and cheating scandals. Apparently, some wounds haven’t healed yet for select members of the family, especially Jill and Jessa.
While this could be just a product of speculating fans, we can recall that the Duggar sisters were among the five child molestation victims Josh violated when he was still a teenager in the early 2000s. They sure may have mentioned forgiving him in one of their past interviews, but The Hollywood Gossip notes they’ve been avoiding him publicly ever since. Perhaps, that was also the reason for their silence.
Duggar News: Josh’s Molestation
Followers of the Duggar sisters noticed the lack of celebratory posts about Anna’s pregnancy on their social media accounts. The duo is typically active on social media, especially when there’s big family news.
For instance, both of them congratulated Joseph on entering a courtship with Kendra Caldwell. They expressed their excitement about Joy-Anna’s wedding too. But there was no word on Josh and Anna’s news. Jill and Jessa were radio silent for over two days.
To those who think pregnancies don’t warrant congratulations, Jessa herself greeted Jill for her second one just a couple of months ago. Like Anna and Josh, the 25-year-old Duggar and her husband Derick are also expecting a baby boy this summer.
It’s already been two years since the reality TV family was lumped into the scandals Josh brought on. Since leaving rehab last March, the disgraced Duggar and his wife have avoided the public eye, according to Inquisitr. Although they attended his sister Jinger Duggar’s wedding to Jeremy Vuolo on November 5, TLC cut Josh out of the footage.
To date, it is unclear when the couple will step back into the spotlight. However, Anna already made some progress recently, appearing in the latest webisode of Counting On. Rumor has it she might return to the show for good, but the family and the network have yet to confirm this.