Will she stay or will she go? Ever since Josh Duggar, stars of TLC’s now canceled “19 Kids and Counting,” was revealed to have molested four of his sisters, and another underage female, as a teenager and cheated on his wife of six years, fans have been coming out in flocks in defense of Anna Duggar. With Josh, 27, now in rehab receiving treatment, some fans are questioning whether or not Anna will seek a divorce. While the couple’s future remains unclear, one insider is speaking out, saying the former reality star was raised to believe “divorce is not an option.”
According to People, Anna, 27, was raised by her Christian parents, Mike and Suzette Keller, not to pursue divorce. And despite Josh being brought up in a similarly devout household – one which encourages courting, not dating, and remaining pure until marriage – one insider says the Kellers were even stricter with their eight kids.
“Her parents are even a little more extreme,” a source told People. “Anna and her siblings were taught that if you follow these 10 steps or whatever, God will bless you.”
Due to her religious upbringing, the magazine reports that Anna’s faith makes it “highly unlikely” she will pursue a permanent separation from Josh. “They always taught their kids that divorce was never an option,” said a source of the Kellers. “They never even thought about cheating. But that’s not how life works.”
Watch Mike and Suzette share their feelings on dating and divorce in a scene from TLC's "18 Kids and Counting" below:
If Anna does decide to pull the plug on her marriage, she won’t be the first Keller daughter to do so. People reports that Anna’s sister Rebecca is currently going through a divorce.
In May, it was revealed that Josh had molested five underage girls as a teen. Two of his sisters, Jessa Seewald and Jill Dillard, soon after stepped forward as two of his victims. Josh apologized for his actions, but three months later, on Aug. 20, it was revealed that he had paid for “affair guarantee” accounts on the cheating site Ashley Madison. In a statement, released on the Duggar Family blog, Josh called himself “the biggest hypocrite ever,” admitted to being unfaithful and having a pornography addiction. He entered a long-term rehabilitation treatment center on Tuesday.
“I deeply regret all hurt I have caused so many by being such a bad example,” he wrote in his statement. “I humbly ask for your forgiveness. Please pray for my precious wife Anna and our family during this time.”