A report from E! News says Jill was quoted saying that her relationship with her father Jim Bob Duggar got toxic after she and her husband, Derick Dillard, began making family decisions that did not necessarily align with the 19 Kids and Counting patriarch’s views.
“I saw a whole new side to my dad once my husband and I started making decision that were best for our family, but not in his best interest. Sadly, I realized he had become pretty controlling, fearful and reactionary.” She told the psychologist.
Alleging that Jim Bob was “verbally abusive” at times,
“We occasionally text on a family group thread, but I don’t feel comfortable being around him and just hanging out. He was verbally abusive. It isn’t good for my mental health right now.”
Jill claimed in a deposition that Jim Bob did not approve of his daughter having a nose ring, drinking alcohol or wearing pants.
Jill first filed the lawsuit against Springfield in 2017 with her sisters, claiming they suffered emotional distress when police records alleging their older brother Josh Duggar had inappropriately touched five underage girls were shared with the public in 2015. Following the records’ release, Jill and Jessa stepped forward as two of his alleged victims.
The Duggar sister’s lawsuit was dismissed by a judge this February, per the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
After the police report surfaced in 2015, Josh told People in a statement, “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret.” He said he had “confessed my wrongdoing” to authorities.
In the past, Jill has been open about her strained relationship with certain members of her family. She revealed in 2020 that she had been “distancing” herself from the clan, sharing that she and Derick were “not on the best terms with some of my family” after having “some disagreements.”
Adapted from E News.