Josh Duggar and his wife, Anna, were spotted together while they were shopping, which has sparked rumors of the couple’s reconciliation.
It came out last summer that Josh Duggar, the eldest son of the large Duggar clan who formerly starred on the TLC series “19 Kids and Counting, had molested five girls, four of which were his sisters, when he was a teenager. Shortly after this scandal broke, news came out that Josh had an account with adultery website Ashley Madison.
Josh went to rehab to deal with his sexual addiction at the Reformers Unanimous rehab facility in Rockford, Illinois. He has since completed his rehab and returned back home to his family in Arkansas.
The couple’s furniture shopping trip was the first time they had been seen together since Josh’s return from rehab. Although the Duggar family is seeking to restore relationships between Josh and the rest of the family, Christian Today reports that Josh did not join the family for their Easter celebration.
"The Duggars spent Easter as a family. There was lots of food and fun. Members of the family were hanging out for hours. Josh was not around. The family is doing well and just focusing on themselves."
Josh’s brother, John-David, told Good Morning America that the Devil was trying to take down his family, but through all the trials of the scandal, their faith has been increased.
"He tried to take our whole family down, but God has really used this to—instead of tearing us apart as a family, he's using it to draw us together, so for us, we've forgiven, and we're moving on, and we're looking to the future," he said.
Although the Duggar family seems to have welcomed Josh back into their lives, the public appears less ready to extend forgiveness. Christian Today notes that several companies have decided to pull their ads from the Duggars' new show “Jill and Jessa: Counting On,” because they do not want to be associated with the family.
Publication date: April 6, 2016