JINGER Duggar has revealed she hasn’t spoken to disgraced brother Josh in two years.
And the former Counting On star says she’s fine with that.
Last May, Josh was sentenced to more than 12 years in federal prison after being found guilty of possession of child pornography.
The verdict further tore the estranged family members apart. But for Jinger, it seems like there’s no such thing as lost love.
“I don’t feel like talking to him,” the 29-year-old told PEOPLE.
“It’s so heartbreaking to see the decisions my brother Josh made and my heart breaks for the victims and their families and all that they’ve been through.”
Jinger says she prays for her brother and hopes that one day he will regret his crimes and “really change.”
However, she still supports Josh’s family.
“I’m always there for (wife) Anna and the kids if they want to talk or in any way that I could help them and love them,” she said.
“I know they’ve been through so much right now and that’s why I’m just always there for them if they need help.”
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As for the rest of her conservative family, Jinger has been open about her “cult-like” upbringing with parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar.
Ahead of the release of her new book, Becoming Free Indeed, the former TLC star claimed she “grew up fearing the outside world.”
The TLC graduate and her 18 siblings were raised to follow the Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP), a Christian organization founded in 1961 by disgraced Rev. Bill Gothard.
It teaches women to be submissive to their husbands, to cover their bodies, and to focus on having children.
The Duggars are attempting to implement a conservative dress code, discouraging the use of birth control and urging the use of parental guardians when going on pre-wedding dates.
The children were homeschooled and grew up with strict access to entertainment and television.
TO LIVE IN FEAR
“Fear was a big part of my childhood,” Jinger said.
“I thought I only had to wear skirts and dresses to please God. Music with drums, places I visited, or the wrong friendships could all do harm.”
She continued: “[Bill’s] Teachings, in short, are based on fear and superstition and leave you at a point where you feel, “I don’t know what God expects of me.”
“Fear has crippled me with fear. I was afraid of the outside world.”
Jinger left IBLP in 2017, comparing the organization to a “cult”.
“There’s a lot of cult tendencies,” said the 19 Kids and Counting graduate.
“The teaching I grew up under was harmful, it was harmful, and there are lasting effects.
“I know other people are struggling and people who are still stuck.”
Jinger and her husband Jeremy Vuolo have distanced themselves from the Duggars in recent years.
The couple relocated from their family home in Arkansas to Los Angeles, where they live with their two children, Felicity, four, and Evie, two.
https://www.the-sun.com/entertainment/7188988/jinger-duggar-hasnt-spoken-brother-josh-prison-child-pornography/ Jinger Duggar says she hasn’t spoken to brother Josh in over 2 years as he remains in prison for child pornography crimes