Jill Duggar and her husband Derick Dillard are opening up about their strained relationship with Jill’s father, Jim Bob. Since walking away from their reality TV fame on “19 Kids and Counting” and “Counting On,” the couple released a revealing memoir called “Counting the Cost” that shed light on what really happened behind the scenes. Jill recently shared her current standing with her controversial dad.
When asked if they had spoken to Jill’s parents about the book, she hesitated and then responded affirmatively on “The Unplanned Podcast.” Jill nervously laughed as she mentioned that she had heard they read or listened to it on audiobook. She added that since they are her parents, she intends to approach the topic with caution to avoid more controversy. Jill acknowledged that certain subjects, like the book, might be sore points during family gatherings and holidays.
Jill acknowledged that her parents may want to discuss the book with a therapist to resolve their issues but admitted that past therapy sessions had not been successful. She stated that they are still trying to figure things out and find healthier ways to address their problems.
It has been over a year since Jill and Derick last saw Jim Bob, and this occurred before the release of their tell-all book. In their memoir, they recounted the difficulties they faced while appearing on the popular TLC shows. Jill described it as feeling like being in “The Truman Show” and struggling with having cameras constantly documenting their lives. While they understood that certain incidents made for good TV, they also felt a lack of privacy and the pressure to conform to their family’s expectations.
Jill’s parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital. However, they did release a statement to People magazine prior to the book’s release, expressing their belief that conflicts and disputes should not be resolved or addressed through the media or public forums.
The Duggar parents are devout followers of the Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP), an organization that teaches individuals to find success by following God’s principles in Scripture. According to IBLP’s website, over 2.5 million people have been influenced by their teachings.
In conclusion, Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard’s memoir has shed light on the strained relationship between Jill and her father, Jim Bob. While they have had some communication with her parents about the book, Jill wants to tread lightly to avoid further controversy. They acknowledge the need for therapy but have not found success in the past. Despite the difficulties they faced while on reality TV, Jill and Derick feel liberated by sharing their story. Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have chosen not to comment publicly on the situation, emphasizing the importance of resolving conflicts in a private manner.