Jill Duggar and her husband Derick Dillard have been involved in an on-going feud with Jill’s family for quite some time. The couple is no longer featured in the family’s TLC productions and Jill seems to be excluded from many family events. Even on social media, it seems that Jill has nearly vanished from her family’s lives. Her friendship with her cousin Amy seems to be as strong as ever. The two frequently support each other on social media and spend time together.
Derick Dillard got himself into hot water with TLC on Twitter. The conservative reality star made some transphobic comments about Jazz Jennings, the transgender star of the channel’s show I Am Jazz. Fans were outraged by Dillard’s hateful comments and shortly after he and Jill were no longer included in the Duggar family’s TLC shows. Derick even alleged that he and Jill were edited out of family events that they had attended such as the funeral of Jim Bob’s mother.
Jazz Jennings isn’t the only person Derick Dillard has spoken ou against. He’s made several comments about his father in law that have no doubt further driven a wedge between Jill Duggar and the rest of her family. Derick has alleged that Jim Bob collects all of the payments from his children’s reality show and doles the money out however he sees fit. This isn’t the only way Jim Bob has been accused of controlling his adult children but it’s one of the most extreme.
Ever since Derick spoke out about Jazz Jennings and later Jim Bob Duggar on social media Jill has been conspicuously absent from more than just the family’s reality shows. Many of the Duggars are very active on social media. There are daily posts from various Duggars which include tons of family updates and photos of family gatherings. Jill seems to be absent fro most of the Duggar family events while her other adult siblings and their spouses are frequently featured.
Thought Jill may be feeling distanced from her parents and other siblings there is one family member who has always had her back. Jill frequently posts to social media. While many of her siblings and her own parents rarely like or comment on her posts, cousin Amy consistently shows her cousin support. Amy has recently posted a photo of her cousin, Jill, in her driveway during a visit. The pair are obviously still close despite being chaperoned on visits while growing up.
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are certainly not as social media savvy as their children. After more than a decade involved in reality TV, the couple seems to be picking up the popular platforms and the social norms that go with them. They’ve also become much more image-conscious. They recently drew some scrutiny when they posted a birthday shout out to their estranged son in law Derick Dillard. The Duggars have never acknowledged their children’s other spouses this way so it felt contrived to some.