JOSH Duggar’s wife, Anna, will “never” leave him despite the former Duggar family poster artist’s 12-year sentence for possession of child pornography, her cousin Amy believes.
Amy Duggar, 36, begged Anna for help and told her to stop inflicting more trauma on herself and her seven children by staying with the shamed reality star.
“I don’t see that happening,” Amy told the US Sun in an exclusive interview when asked if Anna would ever part ways with 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 that Anna would probably never file for divorce because the family church – championed by her uncle Jim Bob – has strict rules against breaking marital vows, in particularly for women.
“[They teach] your vows cannot be broken, you are making a life decision, and no matter what, he is your husband and you must respect him, love him, walk beside him and in all honesty be beneath him of them.
“It’s sad – so sad – and it breaks my heart to think about it.
“How much more can we [Anna] endure, really? she added. “I don’t understand how anyone can literally go through so much trauma and be like, ‘I think I’m going to stick around for a while longer. “”
Since Josh’s arrest in April 2021, Anna, 34, has reportedly distanced herself from Josh’s sisters, believing those who spoke out against him during his legal woes had “betrayed” him.
Amy said that over the past 18 months she had tried to contact Anna on several occasions to check on how she and her children were doing, but her attempts at sympathy were blocked.
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Recalling her unanswered messages to Anna, Amy said: ‘I tried. I tried to text him. Well, at first it was “I love you”. I’m here for you. Please let me know how I can help you through this,” and I received no response.
“Then my second was a ‘I’m talking to you out of love. I’m trying to reach you. Your universe is a safe place. We’re a safe place if you need to take your kids somewhere.
On her second attempt to reach Anna, Amy said she had even offered to put her and her children up for as long as they needed, insisting they had room for seven. beds.
“We could have helped him, we really could,” she said. “And still no response.
“There is so much more to [Anna] what she’s going through right now.
“You’re in a very dark tunnel and maybe she’s in disbelief. It will take him a long time to figure out what is going on.
“What happened in her life is tragic…she’s also a victim of all of this…it’s just tragic in every way.”
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 going to stay a while longer.
Although hoping she would, Amy said she didn’t expect Anna to respond to her messages.
Still, she says, Anna will have a shoulder to lean on whenever she needs it, whether now or in the future.
“I don’t expect her to [respond] but I would love for her to,” Amy said.
“I understand that she’s probably scared, she’s stressed out and there’s so much going on right now.
“I would have had a nervous breakdown if I was her, so hopefully she’s taking care of herself.
“And more importantly, I hope she takes care of her children.
“They are precious kids, beautiful kids, and they have so much potential and I just hope they can achieve it.”
ANNA GETTING CLOSER TO JOSH?
Sources told The Ashley’s Reality Roundup last month that Anna made the six-hour drive from her home in Arkansas to the Federal Correctional Institute in Seagoville, Texas, where Josh is incarcerated over a weekend on two since being placed behind bars.
Faced with the reality of the situation and the weight of Josh’s 12-year prison sentence, Anna began looking for places to move that would be close to Seagoville.
This decision would not have been welcomed by Josh because he believes that once his appeal is granted, his sentence will be overturned.
Ashley’s ‘behind bars’ source revealed:[Josh] thinks he will beat her appeal and feels that his wife’s move is pointless. He tends to think they’ll overturn his case.”
They also disclosed, “Josh and Anna got into a fight on the phone and Josh didn’t speak to her for two days which is huge because he calls every day.”
The source also claimed that Anna looked “tired, broken and exhausted” during her visits with her husband and that “her actions seem to have really affected her”.
“NEVER SHOULD HAVE MARRIED HIM”
Reacting to rumors that Anna is considering moving from Arkansas to Texas to be closer to Josh, Amy said: “God, I hope not.
“I want her to like understanding what happened here… Honestly, I wouldn’t even have married her in the first place,” Amy added, referring to allegations that Josh molested five underage girls – including members of his family – when he was a teenager. .
The explosive allegations were discovered in a 2006 police report published by In Touch in 2015.
“Knowing what happened to the sisters,” Amy continued. “What happened in the family that no one has ever heard of?
“I was shocked and literally didn’t know – and don’t marry someone like that.”
Amy’s husband Dillon, who also sat down to speak with The US Sun, added: ‘The first red flag for her should have been when he cheated on her. She should have pulled the plug then.
“When you cheat on your wife with prostitutes, it’s time to leave.
“It will take him years to figure out what happened with Josh.
“She is also heavily influenced by her early marriage into the family and the standards they set early on.
All the things in marriage that hurt her, she has a process that, well, “I was taught that.” I lived that way. Now. How do I get out?
Next, it must be realistic. “I have so many children. I don’t have a job, I didn’t go to college or anything. How can I leave the situation and still be able to support my child? »
The couple said they had no idea what Anna was currently doing for work, if anything, as she tried to raise seven children on her own.
Amy, however, speculated that she probably got “a ton” of help from Jim Bob and her Aunt Michelle Duggar.
AMY QUIZZED BY COPS
Earlier this week, The US Sun exclusively reported that Amy and Dillon were both secretly interviewed by Homeland Security as part of the investigation into Josh’s child pornography case.
Amy had just gotten out of the shower when the doorbell rang in early 2021.
Coming downstairs heavily in her pajamas with her hair wrapped in a towel, Amy said she was surprised to open the door and find a group of federal agents standing in front of her.
“They were like, ‘Ma’am, are you Amy King?’ and I told them yes. And then they said, can we ask you some questions?”, and I said, “Sure, can I dry my hair first? but they said no “, she says, laughing.
“I let them in and they just sat there, and just asked me about the family, if I knew anything and I was blown away.
“I wasn’t even sure what they were asking me, so I was just like, ‘I don’t know where you’re coming from.’
“Of course they don’t tell you because they’re looking for information.
“So I had nothing to give them honestly. I said I wish I could tell you more about what happened but I don’t know anything.”
Dillon added: “The problem is that we didn’t know anything, because we don’t know what’s going on in their lives because we had started to go our separate ways. [from them] a bit already.”
The couple contacted Amy’s uncle Jim Bob after officers left looking for answers, but received a confused 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 permanently sever all ties with Amy’s extended family.
“I think that’s really where I tried to take a stand and thought to myself that I was 100% going in the opposite direction of this,” Amy said.
“I can say what I’m thinking at this stage, I’m not holding anything back.
Josh was sentenced to 151 months in prison on May 25.
According to the US Sun court reporter, Josh appeared stoic when he received his sentence, which also includes $50,100 in fines that remain unpaid.
Reading his decision, the judge called Josh’s crimes “the sickest of all” in the crowded courtroom.
He then told Josh, “You’ve done some really bad things. But in your whole life you’ve done some good things. … The real test of a man’s character is what a man does when no one is watching.”
Josh Duggar appealed his conviction last month, accusing a former colleague of downloading the farcical images.
The disgraced ex-reality star filed the appeal in an Arkansas court on Oct. 3, saying government agents failed to question or investigate Caleb Williams, a colleague at his car dealership. used cars, Wholesale Motorcars, now closed.
According to Josh, Caleb, a convicted sex offender, “regularly used the only [computer] which contained child pornography, was tech-savvy” and allegedly texted her offering to “watch the lot.”
In the filing, Duggar’s team claimed they wanted to call Caleb to the stand, but the court barred it.
A decision on the appeal has not yet been made.
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