Jill Duggar, the 32-year-old member of the Duggar family, has finally spoken out about the recent Amazon Prime documentary that delves into her family’s secrets. Despite making shocking accusations against her parents in the four-part series, Jill insists that she still loves them. In an Instagram post, she thanked her fans for their support and for allowing her to share her truth. The documentary, titled “Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets,” features Jill as the sole participant among her 19 siblings, where she discusses the trauma she experienced growing up in what she describes as a “cult-like” religious group known as the Institute of Basic Life Principles.
Jill Duggar breaks her silence on explosive new documentary about her family – insisting she ‘loves her parents’ despite blasting dad Jim Bob on-screen and slamming their ‘cult-like’ religion, Your Content has learned.
Jill Duggar has broken her silence on Amazon Prime’s explosive new documentary about her family, claiming that she ‘loves her parents’ despite railing against them in the four-part series, while thanking her fans for supporting her as she continues to ‘speak her truth.’
Jill, 32, made a series of shocking accusations about her parents in the doc.
She said her dad covered up her brother, Josh’s molestation of his own sisters.
She has now addressed it on Instagram, claiming she still loves her mom and dad.
She also made a series of shocking accusations about her parents, including that they ‘took advantage’ of her and her siblings by tricking them into signing contracts and forcing them to be take part in the family’s numerous reality shows against their will – without paying them.
Now, Jill – who was the only of the 19 Duggar children to participate in the docuseries, which is called Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets – has addressed it for the first time since it premiered on June 2.
‘Life a journey. Sometimes courage is built in the toughest storms,’ the former reality star captioned an Instagram post that showed her standing in front of a lake and looking away from the camera on Sunday.
In the comment section, one of her fans wrote, ‘You did a great job on the documentary.
‘I don’t even see any “dishonoring” of your parents – just facts about what happened and captivating on all the beautiful childhood memories … Never forget who you are, and who made you the way you are.’
‘Thanks,’ Jill replied with a heart emoji. ‘I love my parents.’
Someone else commented, ‘I just watched the documentary, I admire your bravery and courage. “Speak the truth, even if your voice shakes,”‘ to which Jill said, ‘Thanks. This quote comes to mind often.’
During the docuseries, Jill claimed that her dad, Jim Bob Duggar, stopped his children from being paid for their participation in the family’s multiple TLC reality shows, even after they became adults.
She explained that she was asked to sign a contract on the day before she married Derick, whom she wed in 2014, but said she was never actually shown the full thing, only the ‘signature page.’
‘It was just at the end of the kitchen table. [My dad was like,] “Hey, I just need you guys to sign these,”‘ she recalled. ‘I didn’t know what it was for.’
‘We were just told when to be there and what was going on and what we needed to do,’ Derick, 34, added.
For nearly 13 years, the intimate details of the Duggar family’s lives were video taped and shared to their millions of avid viewers through their various shows.
It’s been reported that the Duggars received $18 million over the course of their 21 seasons on TV, but according to Jill, it all went into her father’s pocket.
When asked if they ever received money for their time in the show, Jill stated: ‘No. I never received any payout.
‘No check, no cash, no nothing. For seven-and-a-half years of my adult life, I was never paid. We were taken advantage of.’
Jill and Derick said they felt like they had ‘no choice’ but to allow millions of people into their home.
When the now-32-year-old became pregnant with their first child, she recalled making it clear that she did not want any camera crew inside the delivery room with her.
However, she claimed the production company was not pleased with that request, and ultimately convinced her and Derick to record the birth themselves on a handheld camera.
‘A few weeks out from the birth, the production company is like, “Hey so we’re thinking about the birth, are you good with us having one person there?” I was like, “Well actually, we don’t want you guys there at all,”‘ she explained.
‘They were like, “At all?’ They were shocked. I knew for sure nobody was going to be in my delivery room. Nobody. And nobody would be there for the labor. I didn’t want any of that.’
Derick added: ‘We basically lost. They were gonna get what they wanted.’
‘They gave us cameras and they were like, “You guys shoot.” We did diary cams, we did a lot of work so they got the footage,’ Jill interjected.
After their son, Israel, was born in 2015, Jill said she asked TLC to pay them for the footage they had provided – but were told that the network had already given money to Jim Bob, now 57, for it.
‘They said they paid the family. Paying the family means we don’t get anything,’ Derick said. ‘They said, “We paid your dad so take it up with him.”‘
Things came to a head when Jill and Derick moved to El Salvador in 2016 for 10 months to do mission work.
While the camera crews went with them – continuing to film their every move – they recalled facing immense ‘pressure’ from the network to return back to their home in Arkansas for more ‘shoots.’
‘It was a matter of principle, like, no, we’re gonna stay here,’ Jill recalled. ‘That was the first time we really put our foot down and said no.
‘I’ve never said no to our family before. I said, “No. We cannot do what you’re asking us to do.” It was one of those ah-hah moments for us.’
But according to Jill, they didn’t have a choice thanks to the contract she had signed on the day before her wedding.
‘They were basically like, “You have to.” Then my dad sends us the [papers we signed before our wedding] and the obligations section of the contract,’ she continued.
‘At first I was like, “Someone forged my signature,” but then I look at it and I’m like, “That is my signature.”
‘That’s when we realized what we had signed the day before we got married. That wasn’t what I thought I was signing.’
After returning to America to do the shoot, Derick said he told Jim Bob that he and Jill had to be compensated for their time.
‘If we’re giving up something then we should get something in return,’ he stated. ‘Jim Bob was like, “What do you want? $10 an hour?” And I was like, “I don’t know, what’s it worth?”
‘And he was like, “What’s your price?” He was like, “I can pay you $10 an hour.” That’s when we asked to talk to TLC.’
Unfortunately, Jill said their requests to talk to TLC were shut down by their dad’s publicist, Chad Gallagher, who claimed they weren’t allowed to discuss anything without him.
News of a rift building within the family soon trickled into the media, which Jill said resulted in Jim Bob finally offering to pay his adult kids a ‘lump sum of money.’
However, Jill and Derick explained that they ultimately turned it down because they claimed they would have to sign another contract to get the money. They then parted ways with TLC.
‘In order to receive that, you had to sign another deal with my dad and his production company, Mad Family Inc., which would last like forever. We were automatically like, we’re done,’ Jill explained.
Derick said, ‘We found out on social media that our relationship, if we ever had a relationship with TLC, came to an end at that time.’
Following their departure from the show, Derick said he received a series of terrifying and threatening text messages from a ‘burner phone.’
The anonymous person claimed to be a friend of the family’s and threatened Derick for ‘mistreating’ Jim Bob and Michelle and ‘returning evil.’
‘Jim Bob or Michelle have never done you wrong nor Jill,’ read one of the messages. ‘You are returning evil for the unbelievable privilege of marrying their most beautiful and intelligent daughter, who is the fruit of their lives.
‘You were a trusted man to be given the high privilege of courting and marrying their treasured daughter, godly, well trained, talented, capable. Never was there a girl like Jill.’
Another said: ‘As a son-in-law, Jill’s parents are also yours, and biblically, whatever you do to them is the same as your own parents.
‘The mistreatment of parents is forbidden in both the Old and New Testament, with death penalties ascribed to those violations and wrong actions to parents. And the reverse promise, that things will not go well for you.’
When asked if he believed Jim Bob had sent him the text message, Derick admitted, ‘I don’t know, I can’t speculate.’
During the doc, Jill also shared some of the extreme measures that her dad took to try to cover up her brother Josh Duggar’s molestation of his own sisters – and recalled how she was forced to defend him on national television to prevent the family’s hit reality show from being canceled.
She explained that when news of Josh’s alleged abuse was made public in 2015, her dad’s main focus was protecting the family’s squeaky-clean reputation – rather than the victims.
She recalled an ‘urgency’ in ‘trying to figure out’ how the show could continue on in the wake of the scandal.
At the time, she and her younger sister Jessa sat down with Megyn Kelly to discuss the harrowing allegations during a lengthy interview, in which they confirmed that their brother had touched them inappropriately but defended him from people who had branded him as a ‘child molester, pedophile, or rapist.’
Now, looking back, Jill admitted that she regretted taking part in the TV appearance, and that she felt ‘obligated’ to do it due to the immense pressure her dad had put on her.
‘There was an urgency in trying to figure out how the show was going to be handled in the wake of the 2015 events,’ she said.
‘As far as recovery and damage control, you just feel like a burden and the weight falls on you to help because you’re the only one who can [help].’
‘In hindsight, I wouldn’t have done the Megyn Kelly show. I feel like I was bearing the burden and the weight of…’ she trailed off as tears ran down her cheeks. ‘Me and Jessa just felt the weight of it. It fell on us.’
The former reality star added that while she technically ‘volunteered’ to do the appearance, she felt like it was her responsibility to step up and ‘help.’
‘I don’t even like to talk about it because it’s not something that I’m proud of. If I hadn’t felt obligated to one, do it for the sake of the show, and two, do it for the sake of my parents, I wouldn’t have done it,’ she continued.
Her husband, Derick, described the TV appearance as a ‘suicide mission’ for Jill and Jessa, who were age 23 and 22 at the time.
‘I would not call it voluntary. They were basically called on to carry out a suicide mission,’ he stated.
‘Like, “You’re gonna destroy yourself, but we need you to take the fall so we can carry the show forward because the show cannot fail.”
‘[The Duggars] were gonna do whatever they could to get the return on their investment. If that meant collateral damage, that meant collateral damage.’
As for their relationship with the family now, Derick said in the doc, ‘We’re very much on the outside, according to DailyMail.