Jinger Duggar Cuts Ties With Josh as Scandal Worsens

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Whether you love then or hate them, there's no denying that one thing the Duggars do very well is rally around one another in times of crisis.

However, Josh Duggar's arrest for child pornography is testing those loyalties line never bore.

Josh's siblings have mostly kept quiet about the scandal that threatens to undermine the family's carefully-cultivated wholesome image.

After all, it's so bad that it could Josh behind bars for the next 20 years.

The Masked Devil

In fact, they've even changed the way that they live and adopted a much more standoffish approach to the press.

And in some cases, that more private way of living has come at tremendous personal and financial expense.

Derick and Jill Dillard have been more or less cut off after their decision to carve out a life for themselves.

Jinger Duggar and Jeremy on YouTube

On a less extreme level, there's Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo's decision to back away from the spotlight in recent weeks.

To be fair, there might be several reasons for this.

After all, rumors of Jinger and Jeremy having trouble in their marriage have been circulating for several months now.

Jinger and Jeremy and Book

But the Vuolos just released a memoir, and they should be working overtime to promote the ish out of that book.

Instead, they're laying low and avoiding the media at all cost ... with the exception of commenting on the latest scandal.

In the past few days they've broken their silence only to issue a statement that allowed them to distance themselves from Josh.

Josh Statement

"We are disturbed to hear of the charges against Josh," Jinger and Jeremy wrote on their respective Instagram pages.

"While this case must go through the legal system, we want to make it clear that we absolutely condemn any form of child abuse."

"[We] fully support the authorities and judicial process in their pursuit of justice," they added.

Jinger and Jeremy on Valentine's Day 2021

Not exactly a bold statement, on one hand.

On the other hand, it's still more strongly-worded than anything the rest of Josh's siblings and in-laws have said, with the exception of Derick Dillard and Deanna Duggar saying Josh is going to hell.

That's a pretty high bar.

With Jer

As for how the Vuolos really feel about the situation that has thrown their lives (and everyone's) for a loop?

new report from People magazine gives a sense of what the couple is saying behind closed doors.

And it isn't positive.

Jinger and Jeremy as a Couple

"Overall, Jinger and Jeremy are horrified and disgusted by the situation," one insider tells the outlet.

"Being a family themselves, the idea of these kinds of charges against Josh are a horrific thing."

"Jinger is having a hard time coping with it," says the source.

Jinger in Pants

The insider goes on to say that the scandal has understandably "taken an emotional toll" on Jinger and Jeremy.

How could it not, honestly.

Apparently, it's solidified their belief that they made the right choice by peacing out for California awhile back.

Jinger Duggar Masks Up

Putting a thousand miles between themselves and the rest of the Duggar clan has to be pretty nice right now.

"They are happy that they have their own family," the source says.

That insider may not have added "as imperfect as it may be," but you can be sure that was strongly implied.

Josh Duggar in Court

As for the eldest of Jim Bob and Michelle's 19 children, he's currently out on bail, but not allowed to see any kids - even his own.

He's basically under house arrest, far from anything and anyone.

These days, Josh is living with the Rebers, family friends who agreed to allow the 33-year-old to stay with them until trial in July.

Jinger Duggar, Jeremy Vuolo Photo

Josh and his ankle monitor were not allowed to return home, as the judge has prohibited him from cohabiting with children.

He's also not allowed near the Internet in any circumstances.

It's hard not to think of his child victims, reading this, and of course, Jinger and Jeremy have young ones of their own.

Jinger Podcasts

Any parent has to be thinking of their kids when they hear allegations along the lines of what Josh is being accused of.

Even if Josh is cleared of all charges?

(Which seems unlikely, given his history, his alleged defense, and the fact that his arrest came after an 18-month probe?)

Josh Duggar at a Game

The Vuolos, Seewalds, Dillards and Duggars alike might never see fit to leave their kids alone with him ever again.

Clearly, regardless of the outcome in court, the family dynamics will never be the same after the events of 2021.

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