KEY POINTS

  • Josh Duggar's legal battle is giving the Duggar family a lot of stress
  • The majority of the family is acting as if nothing happened amid Josh's legal battle
  • Josh caused his family's two shows to get canceled, leaving their future uncertain

The Duggar family is not as tight as they were before, a report has claimed.

The Duggars became very popular after TLC documented their way of living and traditional practices on "19 Kids and Counting" and "Counting On." However, both shows were axed due to Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's eldest child, Josh Duggar.

In April, Josh was arrested and charged with receiving and possessing child pornography. Several netizens urged the network to cancel their family show. TLC eventually cut ties with the Duggars, which fractured the once tight-knit family. Bidding goodbye to their reality show also left the family's future uncertain.

"They aren't as close as they once were because of all of Josh's legal drama," an unnamed family source told People. "It's creating a lot of stress on them — although the majority of the family is acting like nothing has happened."

The family faced other crises before. In 2015, TLC pulled the plug on "19 Kids and Counting" after a 2006 police investigation surfaced revealing that Josh had been accused of molesting five underage girls including at least two of his sisters between 2002 and 2003 when he was 14. Three months later, Josh's subscription to Ashley Madison, a cheating website, made headlines after it was hacked. Josh admitted to being unfaithful to his wife and confessed to his pornography addiction.

Aside from Josh's scandals, some members of the family have left their home. Jinger Duggar and her husband Jeremy Vuolo moved to Texas and settled down in Los Angeles in 2016. She also made a major upgrade to her wardrobe and started wearing sleeveless tops, shorts and pants. Jim Bob and Michelle have a "no pants" rule at home. They encouraged their daughters to only wear dresses and skirts.

"Modesty isn't about what you wear. It's about the position of your heart. I wanted to follow what the Bible said, and as I searched the Scriptures for answers, I never found a passage specifically forbidding women from wearing pants," she wrote in "The Hope We Hold: Finding Peace in the Promises of God."

Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard also distanced themselves from the Duggars. They quit "Counting On" after six seasons to prioritize their family goals.

"We were kind of put between a rock and a hard place where we had to choose between our family goals over filming, and it really felt like it was in the best interest as a family to pursue our family goals," Derick said. "We will not go back on the show under the circumstances we were under when we left."

In a YouTube Q&A in March, Jill, 30, and Derick, 32, shared that they haven't visited her parents' home also known as "the big house" for a long time. Derick said they avoided it because there are "a lot of triggers there."

"We haven't actually been over there in a while, probably like a couple years, other than once, like, to check the mail," Jill explained. "[In] this season of life, we have to prioritize our mental, emotional health and all of that. Our threshold—we like to call it—is just a little bit lower in this season of life for us, with a lot going on in our own lives."

Even if the Duggar family is not as tight as before, some members still take the time to bond. On Friday, Jinger, 27, shared a photo with her siblings Jana, 31, and brothers Jason, 21, and James, 20, at the Dodger Stadium to watch a game on Instagram. The trio paid Jinger a visit in Los Angeles at the time.

bates and duggars The Duggars of “Counting On” and the Bates of “Bringing Up Bates” are still friends. Photo: TLC/UPtv