“As we enter into a long family weekend together, we want to thank each of you for the prayers, love and encouragement you’ve sent our way,” the couple wrote in a statement on the Duggar family website. “Since the residential treatment program ended, we have been working with a professional marriage and family counselor to take important steps toward healing.”
“It isn’t easy and some days are very difficult,” they continued. “It is a long road to rebuild trust and a truly healthy relationship. We are very thankful for God’s forgiveness, grace and help, as it is our strength and guide to rebuilding our lives. As the future unfolds, we are taking one day at a time and we are grateful for your continued prayers for both of us and our sweet children.”
As Us Weekly previously reported, Josh, 28, left rehab in March after spending six months at a faith-based treatment facility in Rockford, Illinois.
The former 19 Kids and Counting star sought treatment in 2015 after making headlines for two shocking scandals. In May reports surfaced that he had molested five girls (including his sisters Jill and Jessa) back in 2002 at the age of 14.
Then in August the father of four admitted that he had cheated on his wife of seven years after hackers released data online from the Ashley Madison cheating site that tied him to two paid subscriptions.
“I have been the biggest hypocrite ever,” he said in a statement on that family’s website on August 20. “While espousing faith and family values, I have secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography on the internet and this became a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife. I am so ashamed of the double life that I have been living and am grieved for the hurt, pain and disgrace my sin has caused my wife and family.”
He resigned from his post as executive director of the conservative lobbying group Family Research Council in the wake of the scandals and TLC also canceled the family’s hit reality show.
Josh and Anna, 27, married in 2008 and have four children — Mackynzie, 6, Michael, 4, Marcus, 2, and Meredith, 7 months.
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