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Josh Duggar and Anna Family Update: Did Jim Bob Buy the Couple a Home to Keep Them From Divorcing?

( [email protected] ) Nov 02, 2015 12:31 PM EST
While divorce rumors continue to swirl around former "19 Kids and Counting" stars Josh and Anna Duggar, patriarch Jim Bob Duggar has reportedly bought the couple a new house, allegedly in an attempt to prevent the embattled couple from separating.
Josh and Anna Duggar pictured with three of their four children. TLC

While divorce rumors continue to swirl around former "19 Kids and Counting" stars Josh and Anna Duggar, patriarch Jim Bob Duggar has reportedly bought the couple a new house, allegedly in an attempt to prevent them from separating.

According to OK! Magazine, the $345,000 brick house sits close to Jim Bob and Michelle's Arkansas home and has four bedrooms and three bathrooms -- the perfect size for Josh, Anna, and their four children.

The new home must come as a financial relief for the couple, as Josh was forced to resign from his position as executive director of the Family Research Council, a conservative lobbying group, after reports surfaced that he molested two of his sisters and another girl when he was a teenager.

Josh, 27, is currently seeking treatment at a faith-based rehab after admitting to cheating on Anna, also 27, and struggling with pornography. The admission came after a hacking group known as the "Impact Team" in August revealed Josh paid nearly $1,000 for two subscriptions to Ashley Madison, a website used to facilitate adulterous relationships.

Consequently, some have speculated that the house is a bribe aimed at keeping the couple from divorcing, as Jim Bob is determined to help the couple work through their marital issues.

"If Anna doesn't accept the house and do what she can to save her marriage, things are going to get very uncomfortable," a source told Hollywood Life. "This is more than just about saving their marriage, in Jim Bob's eyes, he's fighting to save the entire family. If Anna leaves Josh it will be the nail in his coffin for Josh and the rest of the family. Getting Anna back in line and on board is priority one right now. If this house doesn't work, if bribes won't work, then Jim Bob will come up with a plan B. He's not the kind of guy that just gives up."

However, recent pictures of a smiling Anna in the company of her in-laws suggest that the mother-of-four is far from leaving her embattled husband and his massive family. As reported by the Gospel Herald, recent pictures uploaded on the Dillard family website show the Duggar family rallying together to give emotional support to Jill and her husband Derrick as they prepare to return once more to Central America to pursue their ministry work.

While she has kept a low profile since reports of her husband's infidelity emerged, Anna recently attended an anti-abortion event with her sister-in-law, Jessa Seewald (Duggar), and "cousin" Amy King (Duggar).

The Loving Choices banquet, held in Rogers, Arkansas, featured a message from Pastor Tony Evans and sought to raise money its services, which include pregnancy tests, abortion recovery, ultrasounds, options counseling, STD/STI testing, and a care center program, according to its website.

Anna has regularly spoken out against abortion; in February, she shared a photo on Instagram comparing abortion to human trafficking.

"Human beings should be remembered not dismembered. #BlackHistoryMonth #BlackLivesMatter #AllLivesMatter," Anna wrote. Her message was accompanied by a graphic that read, "Because of the violence of abortion, over 16 million black people are history."