JOSH Duggar’s wife Anna will “never leave him” despite the former Duggar family poster boy’s 12-year prison sentence for child pornography possession, his cousin Amy believes.
InstagramJosh Duggar, pictured with his wife Anna, was found guilty of child pornography possession last year[/caption]
Alex Kent for The US SunAmy Duggar sat down for an exclusive interview with The U.S. Sun and revealed for the first time a conversation she allegedly shared with her shamed cousin Josh[/caption]
“I don’t see that happening,” Amy told The U.S. Sun in an exclusive interview when asked if Anna would ever separate from Josh.
“I wish she would, of course, but I just don’t see that happening.”
Amy, who once shared a close relationship with her cousin, explained Anna will likely never file for divorce because the family’s church – championed by her uncle Jim Bob – has strict rules against the breaking of marital vows, particularly for women.
“[They teach] your vows can not be broken, you are making a life decision, and no matter what happens, that is your husband and you have to respect him, love him, walk beside him, and in all honesty be underneath them.
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“It’s sad – so sad – and it just breaks my heart to think about it.
“How much more can [Anna] endure, really?” she added. “I don’t understand how someone can literally go through so much trauma and be like, ‘I think I’m gonna stay for some more.’”
Since Josh’s arrest in April 2021, Anna, 34, has reportedly been distancing herself from Josh’s sisters, believing those who spoke out against him during his legal woes had “betrayed” him.
Amy said over the last 18 months she has attempted to reach out to Anna on multiple occasions to check in on how she and her children are doing, but her attempts at compassion have been stonewalled.
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Recalling her unanswered messages to Anna, Amy said: “I’ve tried. I’ve tried to text her. Well, at first it was ‘I love you. I’m here for you. Please let me know how I can like help you through this,’ and I got no response.
“Then my second one was an ‘I’m speaking out of love to you. I’m trying to get through to you. Your Universe is a safe place. We are a safe place if you need to take your children somewhere.’”
In her second attempt to reach Anna, Amy said she even offered to put her and her children up for as long as they needed, insisting they had enough room for seven beds.
“We could’ve helped her, we really could,” she said. “And still no response.
“There is just so much more for [Anna] than what she’s going through right now.
“You’re in a really dark tunnel and maybe she’s in disbelief. It’s going to take her a long time to even understand what the heck is going on.
“What has happened in her life is tragic … she’s a victim of all this too … it’s just tragic all the way around.”
How much more can [Anna] endure, really? I don’t understand how someone can literally go through so much trauma and be like, ‘I think I’m gonna stay for some more.
Though hoping she would, Amy said she never expected Anna to reply to her messages.
Still, she says, Anna will have a shoulder to lean on whenever she may need it, whether now or in the future.
“I don’t expect her to [respond] but I would love for her to,” said Amy.
“I understand she’s probably scared out of her mind, she’s stressed and there are so many things going on right now.
“I would’ve had a mental breakdown if I were her, so I hope she’s taking care of herself.
“And more importantly, I hope that she’s taking care of her children.
“They’re precious children, beautiful kids, and they have so much potential and I just hope that they’re able to reach it.”
ANNA MOVING CLOSER TO JOSH?
Sources told The Ashley’s Reality Roundup last month that Anna has been making the six-hour trek from her home in Arkansas to the Federal Correctional Institute in Seagoville, Texas, where Josh is incarcerated every other weekend since he was placed behind bars.
Facing the reality of the situation and the weight of Josh’s 12-year prison sentence, Anna has begun looking for places to relocate that would be close to Seagoville.
This decision reportedly has not gone over well with Josh as he believes that once his appeal is granted, his sentence will be overturned.
The Ashley’s “behind-the-bars” source revealed: “[Josh] thinks he is going to beat his appeal and feels his wife’s move is unnecessary. He tends to think they are going to reverse his case.”
They also divulged, “Josh and Anna had a dispute on the phone and Josh went two days without talking to her, which is big because he calls every day.”
The source has also claimed that Anna looks “tired, broken, and worn out” during her visits with her husband and that “his actions appear to have really affected her.”
‘NEVER SHOULD’VE MARRIED HIM’
Reacting to the rumors that Anna is reportedly weighing moving from Arkansas to Texas to be closer to Josh, Amy said: “Lord I hope not.
“I want her to like understand what has happened here … Honestly, I wouldn’t even have married him in the first place,” Amy added, referencing allegations Josh molested five underage girls – including members of his family – when he was a teenager.
The bombshell allegations were unearthed in a 2006 police report published by In Touch in 2015.
“Knowing what happened to the sisters,” continued Amy. “What has happened in the family that no one ever knows about?
“I was shocked and literally didn’t know – and don’t marry someone like that.”
The Mega AgencyJosh Duggar was sentenced earlier this year to 12 years in prison[/caption]
GettyThe father-of-seven has witnessed a stunning fall from grace in the last seven years[/caption]
Amy’s husband Dillon, who also sat down to speak with The U.S. Sun, chimed in: “The first red flag for her should’ve been when he cheated on her. She should’ve pulled the plug then.
“When you’re cheating on your wife with hookers it’s time to leave.
“It’s going to take years for her to process what has happened with Josh.
“She’s also heavily influenced by being married into the family early and the standards they set early on.
All the things that in the marriage that were hurtful to her she has a process that, well, ‘I’ve been taught this. I’ve been living this way. Now. How do I get out of it?’
Then she has to process just being realistic. ‘I have this many kids. I have no job, I’m not educated as far as college or anything else. How do I leave the situation and still be able to provide for my child?’”
The couple said they have no idea what Anna is currently doing for work, if anything, as she attempts to raise seven children alone.
Amy, however, theorized that she’s likely getting “a ton” of help from Jim Bob and her aunt Michelle Duggar.
AMY QUIZZED BY COPS
Amy had just stepped out of the shower when the doorbell rang in early 2021.
Trudging downstairs in her pajamas with her hair wrapped in a towel, Amy said she was startled to open the door and find a group of federal agents standing before her.
“They were like, ‘Ma’am, are you Amy King?’ and I told them I was. And then they said, can we ask you a few questions?’, and I was like, ‘Sure, can I dry my hair first?’ but they said no,” she recounted with a laugh.
“I let them in and they just sat there, and just asked me questions about the family, whether I knew anything and I was just blown away.
“I wasn’t even sure what they were asking me about, so I was just like ‘I don’t know what you’re getting at.’
“Of course, they don’t tell you because they’re fishing for information.
“So I had nothing to honestly give them. I said I wish I could tell you more about whatever has happened but I know nothing.”
Dillon added: “The problem is, we didn’t know s**t, because we don’t know what’s going on in their life because we’d started separating ourselves [from them] kind of already.”
Amy Duggar (pictured with her husband Dillon) led urged Anna to leave JoshAlex Kent for The US SunGettyThe show 19 Kids and Counting was canceled in 2015 after the shocking molestation accusations were made against Josh[/caption]
The couple contacted Amy’s uncle, Jim Bob, after the agents left in search of answers, but received a confusing and dismissive response from the family patriarch.
When the true nature of the visit was revealed, and after Josh was charged with receiving and possessing child pornography on April 29, 2021, the couple decided to sever all ties with Amy’s extended family for good.
“I think that’s really where I tried to take a stand and told myself I am 100% going in the opposite direction of this,” said Amy.
“I’m okay to speak my mind at this point, I’m holding nothing back.
Josh was sentenced to 151 months in prison on May 25.
According to The U.S. Sun’s court reporter, Josh appeared stoic as he received his sentence, which also includes $50,100 in fines that remain unpaid.
As he read his decision, the judge called Josh’s crimes “the sickest of the sick” to the packed courtroom.
He then said to Josh: “You have done some very bad things. But in your life as a whole, you’ve done good things. … The true test of a man’s character is what a man does when no one is watching.”
Josh Duggar filed an appeal to his sentence last month, blaming a former co-worker for downloading the grotesque images.
The disgraced ex-reality star launched the appeal in an Arkansas court on Oct. 3, claiming that government agents failed to interview or investigate Caleb Williams, a colleague at his now-shuttered used car dealership Wholesale Motorcars.
According to Josh, Caleb, a convicted sex offender, “regularly used the only [computer] that had child pornography on it, was tech savvy” and allegedly sent him a text offering to “watch the lot.”
In the filing, Duggar’s team claimed they wanted to call Caleb to the stand, but the court prohibited it.
A decision on the appeal has not yet been reached.