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’19 Kids and Counting’ Updates & Rumors: Did Duggars Celebrate National Siblings Day without Josh?

( [email protected] ) Apr 14, 2016 11:35 AM EDT
Earlier this week, families around the country celebrated National Siblings Day in their own ways. The Duggars, probably the most popular television family today, also celebrated the U.S. holiday, but apparently, without Josh.
Screenshot from news coverage on Josh Duggar. YouTube/ABC

Earlier this week, families around the country celebrated National Siblings Day in their own ways. The Duggars, probably the most popular television family today, also celebrated the U.S. holiday, but apparently, without Josh.

The "19 Kids and Counting" family took part in the celebrations by posting pictures of themselves together with their siblings on their official Facebook account. However, none of the photographs featured Josh, the eldest son in the Duggar clan.

Although it's not yet clear if this was done intentionally, it's hard to think that he wasn't snubbed by his brothers and sisters. As mentioned earlier, not one photo posted by the family during National Siblings Day included Josh.

The Duggars even managed to find and share a photo of the family's 14 children. Those who weren't included in the shot still got their own photos posted on the family's Facebook account.

But then again, it's probably not that surprising if the other members of the family intentionally did not include a photo featuring Josh. After all, because of him, their world got rocked by scandals and their highly successful television show got pulled off the air.

But most importantly, some of the Duggar sisters had to recall what happened to them when they were young after Josh admitted to molesting them when he was still a teenager. Aside from that, Josh also confessed about cheating on his wife Anna and being addicted to watching pornography.

If that's not enough, it seems that Josh is still a threat to the success of the family since his sisters' spinoff show, "Jill and Jess: Counting On," is currently in danger of getting cancelled too because of him. Almost immediately after its first episode aired, various companies and advertisers expressed their refusal to support the show because they do not want to be associated with the Duggars and Josh in particular.

Although some of his sisters said that they have already forgiven him for what he has done, there are still deep trust issues between Josh and the family.

"I definitely have forgiven Josh," his sister Jessa Duggar Seewald told People. "It is a process, though, that you have to work through in your heart. And trust is not quickly rebuilt. It is something that takes a while."

"We love him very much, though, and we are very hopeful for the future," she added.

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