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Jill Duggar claims religious dad Jim Bob would ‘weaponize’ her marriage

Jill Duggar Dillard and husband Derick Dillard have claimed that Jim Bob Duggar and the reality TV show “19 Kids and Counting” almost tore apart their marriage.

Jill, 32, and Derick, 34, opened up about how the show and religion affected their marriage in a new interview ahead of their upcoming book.

“It definitely got between us,” Jill told People magazine about the show and the religion the family followed at the time. “No matter your age, you are to obey your parents wishes, and you even have to ask them for their blessing for any major moment in your life. That could be buying a house, moving to a different state, where to go to school. We were dealing with this a lot when we were trying to make decisions for our family, and we were really wrestling back and forth with it.”

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Jill Duggar Dillard claimed Jim Bob Duggar, left, never paid the kids for their time on the reality TV show. She was able to get $175,000 for her 10 years on the show with the help of an attorney. (Peter Kramer/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images)

“We do not believe the best way to resolve conflicts, facilitate forgiveness and reconciliation, or to communicate through difficulties is through the media or in a public forum so we will not comment. As the future unfolds, we will continue to love our family, pray for them, and enjoy every moment gifted to us to be parents and grandparents.”

Representatives for Jim Bob did not immediately return Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

The family is known for the former “19 Kids and Counting” series on TLC, which was pulled from the network after a molestation scandal involving Jill’s brother, Josh Duggar, came to light in 2015.

Josh was later sentenced to more than 12 years in prison in Dec. 2022 after being found guilty of receiving child pornography and possession of child pornography. Josh’s legal team has maintained his innocence, but his appeal was denied on Aug. 8 by the court.

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Josh Duggar poses for a booking photo after his arrest on April 29, 2021 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Duggar was arrested on charges relating to child pornography. (Washington County Sheriff’s Office via Getty Images)


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