Amy Duggar Says Cousin Jana Is Under Her Parents’ ‘Control’

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Amy Duggar hasn’t been afraid to share her ideas about aunt Michelle and uncle Jim Bob Duggar — and now she’s opening up about her relationship with cousin Jana Duggar.

“I really hope to the great Lord above that she is comfortable and thriving and dealing by means of no matter she’s skilled, however I’ve no contact along with her,” Amy, 36, revealed in a Self-importance Truthful interview printed on Wednesday, June 28, noting that Jana, 33, nonetheless lives on her dad and mom’ property in Arkansas.

“Anybody that lives at house with anybody within the IBLP, you’re beneath their management, so I don’t know if she’s essentially allowed to [contact me],” Amy added, referring to the Institute in Primary Life Rules, the fundamentalist Christian motion to which Jim Bob, 57, and Michelle, 56, subscribe.

Jana is the eldest daughter of Jim Bob and Michelle, who rose to fame on the TLC sequence 19 Youngsters and Counting. The household’s spinoff present, Counting On, was canceled after the couple’s eldest son, Josh, was arrested on youngster pornography expenses in early 2021. Josh, 35, was discovered responsible on two counts of receiving and possessing youngster pornography in December of that 12 months and later sentenced to greater than 12 years in jail.

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Amy and a few of her family members have since denounced their upbringing, most lately in Prime Video’s Shiny Comfortable Folks. Jana didn’t take part, however Amy and cousin Jill Duggar spoke out towards IBLP within the docuseries, whereas Jinger Duggar opened up about her expertise within the January memoir Turning into Free Certainly: My Story of Disentangling Religion From Concern.

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“[My upbringing] was constructed on concern, manipulation, management and superstition, so all these issues mixed in how arduous it’s for teenagers to go away or adults to go away — anybody, actually,” Jinger, 29, completely informed Us Weekly forward of her e book’s launch. “When you hear the teachings, you’re not presupposed to depart from these.”

Amy, for her half, mentioned that the household’s therapy of Josh after his arrest was the “final straw” for her. “I can’t think about defending a predator,” she informed Self-importance Truthful. “I feel that’s the lowest of low, [and] there’s no going again.”

After Shiny Comfortable Folks‘s launch, Jim Bob and Michelle slammed the sequence, calling it “unhappy” in an announcement shared by way of their web site. “Like different households, ours too has skilled the fun and heartbreaks of life, simply in a really public format,” the pair wrote earlier this month. “This ‘documentary’ paints a lot and so many in a derogatory and sensationalized approach as a result of sadly that’s the route of leisure nowadays.”

They continued: “We have now all the time believed that the most effective probability to restore broken relationships, or to reconcile variations, is thru love in a personal setting. We love each member of our household and can proceed to do all we are able to to have a great relationship with each.”

Amy, nevertheless, was not impressed by their response. In a TikTok video shared days later, she slammed Jim Bob for allegedly defending Josh after he was accused in 2015 of molesting a number of underage women whereas he was an adolescent. His sisters Jill and Jessa had been later recognized as two of the victims.

“For those who’re not going to guard these stunning daughters from a predator that was dwelling inside your property and also you knew about it, and also you’re gonna sweep it beneath the rug and your mentality is kinda simply to brush it off and to cover it and to lie, not solely do I not respect you anymore, however I additionally don’t wish to offer you a proper to get to know my youngster,” Amy mentioned in her add. “As a result of I’ll shield my youngster in any respect prices.”

Years after the 2015 scandal, Jim Bob claimed that he couldn’t recall the main points of Josh’s alleged admission that he’d touched the victims. “We had been shocked this had occurred however we had been grateful he got here on his personal and informed us,” he mentioned in November 2021 whereas testifying on behalf of Josh in his youngster pornography trial.