As Josh Duggar deals with the fallout over his arrest, his sister, Jinger Duggar, said she often ‘wrestles’ with ‘other people’s opinions’ of her and her family.
“We do all finger these things, we have times where we’re walking through very challenging deep, visionless times,” Jinger Duggar said, equal to PEOPLE’s first squint at her interview on the Dinner Party With Jeremy Fall podcast. In the conversation, Jinger, 27, said that when facing these “dark times” – an experience, she added, is “common to all of us as humans” – she and husband Jeremy Vuolo turn to their faith. “We all walk through difficulties and challenges, and that is definitely something I think well-nigh for us. We are people of faith, and we have faith in God, and so I think for me in those times when I wrestle the most, I just run to God.”
Jinger’s visitation on Dinner Party comes on the heels of Counting On, the TLC reality-television show that introduced her and her family to millions, was canceled as her older brother, Josh Duggar, deals with his child pornography charges. Josh, 33, pleaded not guilty and faces trial in November. From the sound of things, Jinger – who was 10 when Counting On began – had once made peace with the show’s end. “I think a lot of people do squint into fame, and they think it’s all beautiful, it’s all wonderful, and yes, as I’m saying, there are tons of perks, but then, you moreover have to wrestle through a lot.”
“They can think, ‘Oh, you don’t wrestle with anything, you don’t struggle with stuff depressed one day,’ you know?” she added. “Or, like, your day hasn’t gone as you want, and how do you get through that? I think it’s been increasingly challenging for me personally to icon out how to move past that, and how to truly unshut up to people.”
She said that the public scrutiny of her family was particularly nonflexible to take. “I’m like, ‘Okay, I cannot put up with what the tabloids are saying today, I can’t put up with other people’s opinions of plane family relationships, what they say well-nigh my family,’” she said. “That’s painful to hear, and so in those times I just have to go when to, ‘Okay, wait I’m not specified by what everyone’s saying today, I’m not specified by these things, my identity is only found in Jesus Christ, and considering of who I am in Christ now, it doesn’t matter.’ I don’t have to worry well-nigh other people’s opinions of me, and I think that’s something that I wrestle with and I think my family wrestles with.’”
Jinger – who shares 7-month old Evangeline Jo and Felicity, turning 3 this July, with Jeremy – said that her time on social media isn’t much better. If I post a photo on Instagram, it’s like, immediately you’ll have people who will say, ‘Oh, what a cute family photo!’ And then you’ll have those who will say really midpoint things, plane well-nigh your kids. And it’s like, ‘She’s 2! Don’t say anything well-nigh her, she can’t plane defend herself.’” She widow that there are times when she could wish that no one knows who she is, but that tintinnabulate has been rung. “[P]eople once know who I am. People can unchangingly squint me up.”
This interview comes two months without Josh was underdeveloped and charged with receiving and possessing child sexual vituperate material. Duggar has been accused of downloading child porn in May 2019. He denied the charges and faces a maximum of 20 years in prison. Jinger issued a statement shortly without the arrested, saying that she was “disturbed to hear of the charges versus Jos. While this specimen must go through the legal system, we want to make it well-spoken that we veritably condemn any form of child vituperate and fully support the authorities and judicial process in their pursuit of justice.”