Josh Duggar’s Wife Anna Is “Fully and Permanently Committed to Her Marriage” Despite Cheating Scandal

Anna Duggar and Josh Duggar
Josh Duggar's wife, Anna Duggar, is committed to their marriage despite his recent cheating scandal, sources say  Kris Connor/Getty Images

For better or worse, Anna Duggar is sticking by her husband. In the wake of revelations that Josh Duggar has been "unfaithful" to his wife, many critics — including Anna's brother Daniel and Georgia mom Jessica Kirkland — have publicly urged the mom of four to leave her spouse. But sources tell People that Anna, 27, will stand by her man no matter what. 

"She is fully and permanently committed to her marriage and her children," one insider told the magazine. "Divorce is not even something that will be discussed."

Another source said Anna "doesn't get mad" at Josh, also 27, because it goes against her belief that a wife should submit to her husband. (As fans know, the Duggars are devout, ultra-conservative Christians with deeply held ideas about relationships between men and women.) 

"You are not allowed to get mad," the source told People. (Married since 2008, the couple share Mackynzie, 5, Michael, 4, Marcus, 2, and Meredith, 1 month.) "It's not godly for a woman."

As previously reported, Josh confessed to cheating after Gawker linked him to the infidelity website Ashley Madison via leaked data from a widespread hack of the service. In a statement on the family's official website, he called himself "the biggest hypocrite ever" and admitted to a "secret addiction" to "viewing pornography on the Internet."

He also expressed shame for his "double life" and grief "for the hurt, pain, and disgrace" he caused his wife and family. "I humbly ask for your forgiveness. Please pray for my precious wife Anna and our family during this time," he wrote.

Anna, for her part, has not addressed the scandal, but she's stood by him before — most notably after news broke earlier this year that he'd molested five young girls, including sisters Jill and Jessa Duggar, when he was a teenager. In a statement at the time, she recalled how Josh had confessed his sins to her and her parents prior to their engagement.

"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," she said. "At that point and over the next two years, Josh shared how the counseling he received changed his life as he continued to do what he was taught."

She went on to praise her husband as "someone who had gone down a wrong path and had humbled himself before God and those whom he had offended. Someone who had received the help needed to change the direction of his life and do what is right…a man who knows how to be a gentleman and treat a girl right."

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