Her moment before the storm. Days before news broke of Josh Duggar allegedly molesting five girls back when he was a teen, the 19 Kids and Counting star's pregnant wife Anna Duggar shared a cryptic quote about forgiveness with her Instagram followers.
"The three most beautiful and liberating words in the English language are these," the mother of three wrote on May 17, quoting pastor Lon Solomon on her page. "'I forgive you.'" (Solomon, a senior pastor at a Virginia megachurch, is the author of a book titled Brokenness: How God Redeems Pain and Suffering.)
Four days after Anna shared the message with her fans and followers, her husband faced claims that he had allegedly sexually molested five girls — some reportedly his sisters — back in 2002 when he was 14 years old. The eldest Duggar son, 27, responded to the allegations on Thursday, apologizing for his past transgressions.
"Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends," the soon-to-be father of four wrote on his family's Facebook account. "We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life… I would do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions. I sought forgiveness from those I had wronged and asked Christ to forgive me and come into my life. In my life today, I am so very thankful for God's grace, mercy and redemption."
Josh's pregnant wife Anna, 26, stood by her husband on Thursday, also releasing a separate statement of her own on the Duggar family's Facebook account.
"I can imagine the shock many of you are going through reading this. I remember feeling that same shock," she shared last Thursday. "When my family and I first visited the Duggar home, Josh shared his past teenage mistakes. I was surprised at his openness and humility and at the same time didn't know why he was sharing it. For Josh, he wanted not just me but my parents to know who he really was — even every difficult past mistakes."
Since the allegations have surfaced, Josh has stepped down from his post at the Family Research Council, a conservative nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. He's also drawn scrutiny not only from the public from also from his fellow celebs including Rose McGowan, Montel Williams, Honey Boo Boo star Mama June Shannon, and many more.
While the scandal continues, Us Weekly confirmed last week that local circuit Judge Stacey Zimmerman signed for all copies of records from 2006 pertaining to the Josh Duggar investigation be destroyed.
Amidst the controversy, TLC announced on Friday that it was pulling all episodes of its popular reality series 19 Kids and Counting, which is centered on the lives of Jim Bob Duggar, Michelle Duggar, and their 19 children and grandkids.
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