Jill Duggar’s husband Derick Dillard admits ‘broken’ relationship with her parents has been ‘difficult’ – The Sun
JILL Duggar’s husband, Derick Dillard, admitted their “broken” relationship with her parents has been “difficult” in an exclusive interview with The Sun.
Jill and Derick’s relationship with Jim Bob and Michelle has been strained in recent years, as the outspoken son-in-law claimed the patriarch withheld compensation from their appearances on the family’s reality show Counting On, which they left in 2017.
Derick, 31, has also claimed he and Jill, 29, are prohibited from the family compound unless Jim Bob, 54, is present.
In an exclusive interview with The Sun, the law student revealed the estrangement has also caused a rift with Jill’s siblings and in-laws.
Derick said: “Because our visitation to the Duggar house has been restricted and that is where they and their spouses hang out, we have not been able to see other family as much as we would like, so that is difficult.
“We do try to invite brothers and sisters-in-law over as much as then can come.”
Derick continued: “We hope and pray God would restore relationships where there is brokenness.
“But, at the same time, we recognize that only God can change people’s hearts and bring healing.”
Derick is currently in law school and hopes to pursue a career in “public service.”
He has revealed his plans over social media to write a book that will touch on the situation.
He told The Sun: “Although the book will be inspired by our own journey, the goal is for it to be relatable, in that it will examine themes that have haunted people for ages.
"Our story is difficult, but it is not unique.”
Jill, who shares sons Israel, 5, and Samuel, 2, with Derick, has rebelled against her conservative family in recent years.
She was absent from Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations with her family.
Jill, who is one of 19 children, also missed her sister-in-law Abbie’s baby shower and her younger sister Joy-Anna’s gender reveal.
The couple also ignored the Duggar family’s social media posts to celebrate their birthdays.
Jill did not wish Michelle, 53, a happy Mother’s Day on Instagram, despite doing so in prior years.
Jill has also broken the family’s modest dress code, as she’s traded in long skirts and dresses for jeans.
She has also been wearing tank tops that expose her shoulders and even got her nose pierced.
The couple chose to enroll their oldest son in public school, despite the Duggar tradition of homeschooling their children.
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