What’s next for Josh Duggar? The former “19 Kids and Counting” star was engulfed in scandals throughout 2015, but things might be looking up for the 27-year-old in the new year.
Earlier this year reports surfaced that Josh had molested his younger sisters as a teen and that he'd cheated on his wife, Anna Duggar, using the website Ashley Madison. In August the reality star entered the Reformers Unanimous recovery center in Rockford, Illinois. It’s still unclear when he will leave the program, however, his family is working on welcoming him back with open arms after he’s done seeking treatment.
Despite missing out on the holiday with his wife and four young children, the Duggars are reportedly “focusing on forgiveness this season.”
“Jim Bob keeps saying this is just a new level of forgiveness,” an insider revealed to People magazine.
Meanwhile, Anna broke her silence on the TLC special “Jill and Jessa: Counting On.” Josh’s wife has visited him at the rehab facility, and explained on the final episode that she was hoping to “restore” her marriage.
Take a look back at Josh Duggar’s scandalous 2015 below:
May 19, 2015 – In Touch Weekly obtained legal documents that Josh was involved in an underage sex scandal in 2005. According to the documents, Josh allegedly touched a young girl inappropriately. His father, Jim Bob Duggar, reported him to the Arkansas State Police.
May 21, 2015 – A few days after the police report leaked, the Duggar family released a statement on their official Facebook page. Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar acknowledged their son’s “mistakes” and wrote that the incident led them to “seek God like never before.” Anna also spoke out about her husband, informing the “19 Kids and Counting” fan base that Josh told her about his troubled teenage years prior to them getting married. Josh released his own statement, writing that he “acted inexcusably” and that he is “extremely sorry.”
“I hurt others, including my family and close friends,” he said in the statement. “I confessed this to my parents, who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life. I sought forgiveness from those I had wronged and asked Christ to forgive me and come into my life. I would do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions.”
May 21 , 2015 – Josh resigned from his position as an executive director at the Family Research Council the same day that the Duggar family released a statement on his teenage sexual misconduct. Tony Perkins, president of FRC, said that the lobbying group would be “praying for everyone involved.”
May 22, 2015 – TLC pulled “19 Kids and Counting” from their programming lineup. However, the network did not make a decision regarding canceling the reality TV series.
May 24, 2015 – Jessa Seewald’s father-in-law, Michael Seewald, wrote about Josh’s scandal on his family’s blog. Michael announced that his family “stands with the Duggar family in solidarity.”
May 28, 2015 – Hulu pulled “19 Kids and Counting” episodes from their streaming library.
June 3, 2015 – New details emerged from police reports. Documents revealed that Josh inappropriately touched five underage girls on different occasions between 2002 and 2003. His sisters, Jill and Jessa, were identified as victims.
June 5, 2015 – Jill and Jessa sat down with reporter Megyn Kelly on “The Kelly File” to talk about their brother’s scandal. The two women revealed that they were upset when they learned that the information regarding their identity as the victims had been leaked to tabloids.
July 17, 2015 – TLC canceled “19 Kids and Counting.”
July 19, 2015 – Josh and Anna welcomed their fourth child, Meredith Grace Duggar. She was born weighing 7lbs 14 oz.
August 19, 2015 – A couple of months after the sex scandal rocked the “19 Kids and Counting” family, Gawker published a report that revealed Josh had two accounts on cheating website Ashley Madison. Data revealed that Josh’s account was set up to find “conventional sex, experimenting with sex toys, one-night stands,” and more.
August 20, 2015 – The Duggar family released another statement following Gawker’s report on Josh’s Ashley Madison accounts. Josh admitted to being “unfaithful” to his wife and developing an addiction to porn.
“I have been the biggest hypocrite ever,” he wrote. “While espousing faith and family values, I have secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography on the internet and this became a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife.”
August 26, 2015 – Adult star Danica Dillon came forward and claimed to be one of Josh’s mistresses. She alleged that the pair had “rough sex” twice while Anna was pregnant.
August 31, 2015 – Jessa Seewald’s father-in-law took to his family’s blog again to comment on Josh following the Ashley Madison reveal. Michael Seewald said that he has “great respect” for Jim Bob and Michelle, but that Josh Duggar is a “pretender” and “deceived” those closest to him.
September 24, 2015 – TLC ordered a new special on Jill and Jessa despite canceling “19 Kids and Counting” a couple of months prior.
November 18, 2015 – Danica Dillion filed a lawsuit asking for over $500,000 in damages after suffering emotional and physical abuse from Josh.
December 13, 2015 – Anna broke her silence for the first time on the premiere episode of the three- part series, “Jill and Jessa: Counting On.” She called the scandal “heartbreaking.”