Michelle and Jim Bob strictly forbid their children from engaging in any sort of physical contact with the opposite sex prior to marriage. But those who knew them way back when say that they definitely did NOT follow any such rules themselves.
Dating Before Jim Bob?!
Not only was Michelle "physical" with Jim Bob before saying "I do," sources say he was far from her first boyfriend. One former friend describes her as a "pretty and popular cheerleader who definitely dated a few guys before Jim Bob."
Changing the Rules
In the early days of their marriage, Jim Bob and Michelle even used birth control, a practice they say they no longer believe in. The couple blames "the pill" for a miscarriage that Michelle suffered in her youth. "Something we didn't know is that the pill can cause women to get pregnant, but then it can be aborted," the Duggars confusingly wrote in their first book.
A Family Forgotten
Michelle is obviously extremely close with her husband and children, but she maintains virtually no contact with the family that raised her. Insiders say there's a very clear reason for this.
Michelle has made no secret of her strong anti-gay beliefs, even going so far as to record a radio ad for an Arkansas politician who sought to ban transgender people from using the bathroom that corresponds to their gender. She has stated that she believes homosexuality is an abomination and a mortal sin.
No one knows if Michelle's family cut ties with her or vice-versa. But she has one sibling who has very good reason to distance herself from the reality star.