Counting the Cost: Jill Duggar Dillard Opens Up About Her Relationship with Father Jim Bob Duggar
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Jill Duggar Dillard, 32, recently released her memoir titled “Counting the Cost” on September 12. In an interview with TODAY on September 18, she shared her father Jim Bob Duggar’s thoughts on her memoir. According to Jill, her dad expressed his disappointment and went as far as threatening to cut his family out of the inheritance if they spoke out against him and his wife, Michelle Duggar.
During the phone interview, Jill revealed that her father sent a text in their family group chat expressing his sadness over the situation. However, he also made it clear that anyone who goes against him or Michelle would face consequences when it comes to their inheritance. This revelation sheds light on the strained dynamics within the Duggar family.
Aside from the inheritance issue, Jill also alleged that her father told her and her siblings that they “owe” their lives to Bill Gothard, the founder of the Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP). This adds another layer of complexity to the already strained relationship between Jill and her father.
Jill’s husband, Derick Dillard, 34, has been by her side throughout the turmoil. He stepped in to protect his wife when the relationship between Jill and Jim Bob became toxic. Derick revealed that they had to cut off individual contact with Jim Bob, and he even threatened to file a protective order if necessary.
Setting Boundaries and Seeking Reconciliation
Despite the challenges they face, Jill and Derick maintain hope for reconciliation if there is genuine change. They believe that actual change needs to occur for some relationships to heal. However, they also recognize the need for space and time, even though life is short. They refuse to be intimidated into a false sense of healing and will prioritize their own well-being.
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar released a statement to PEOPLE following the release of Jill’s memoir. In the statement, they expressed their love for their children and their desire to resolve conflicts and difficulties privately. They emphasized their commitment to living a life that honors Christ and expressed their intentions to continue loving and praying for their family.
The Role of Grandparents
In her interview with TODAY, Jill mentioned the desire for her children to have their grandparents involved in their lives. However, she also stressed the importance of ensuring a healthy relationship between her parents and her kids. This highlights the complexity of their family dynamics and the need for boundaries to maintain a positive environment for their children.
The release of Jill Duggar Dillard’s memoir has brought to light the strained relationship between her and her father, Jim Bob Duggar. The allegations of threats and control raise concerns about the dynamics within the Duggar family. Despite the challenges they face, Jill and her husband Derick remain hopeful for reconciliation if genuine change occurs. They prioritize their own well-being and the healthy upbringing of their children. Only time will tell how their relationship evolves and whether healing can take place.