Jinger Duggar Says She's "Grateful" She Found "Freedom" Following "Happy Shiny People" Documentary (2024)

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If you owned a TV between 2008 and 2015, then you've likely been exposed to the Duggar family from TLC's reality series, 19 Kids and Counting, and its spin-off series, Counting On. Across seven seasons, the original reality series followed Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their 19 children as they navigated day-to-day life in Tontitown, Arkansas. The show was ultimately canceled in 2015 following allegations that the eldest Duggar sibling, Josh, had sexually abused several minor girls.

Jim Bob and Michelle still live in Tontitown and have kept a low profile since Josh was imprisoned for possessing child p*rnography in April 2021. They last posted on Instagram in May 2022, but ahead of Prime Video's Shiny Happy People docuseries release, Jim Bob and Michelle issued a statement on their website about the new show.

"The recent 'documentary' that talks about our family is sad because in it we see the media and those with ill intentions hurting people we love," the statement said. "Like other families, ours too has experienced the joys and heartbreaks of life, just in a very public format. This 'documentary' paints so much and so many in a derogatory and sensationalized way because sadly that's the direction of entertainment these days."

Along with some family members and close friends, Jill Duggar Dillard is speaking about her experience in Bill Gothard's controversial religious group, Institute in Basic Life Principles, for the first time in Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets.

If you're wondering what the rest of Jim Bob and Michelle's children are up to these days, we've outlined everything we know about all 19 Duggar kids and where they are now below.

Josh Duggar

In 2022, 35-year-old Josh Duggar was found guilty of receiving and possessing child p*rnography. According to the New York Post, he was originally sentenced to 12 and a half years in prison before his sentence was extended by two months. The eldest Duggar sibling is as of February 2023, reportedly in solitary confinement after being caught with a cell phone.

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Per the New York Post, Josh's release date is October 2, 2032. Upon release, he will be supervised by a parole officer for 20 years and he will be prohibited from unsupervised contact with minors — including his seven children.

Jana Duggar

According to her Instagram account, 33-year-old Jana still lives with her parents, helps look after her younger siblings, and dabbles in gardening and home renovation.

In December 2021, she was charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Today reports that she wrote a statement on her Instagram stories explaining that one of the children wandered outside alone while she was babysitting them.

"This resulted in a written citation, as well as a follow-up with child welfare who concluded that it was an accident and the child was unharmed," she wrote. "They recognized it was a case of a child slipping out of the house when you turn your back for a moment. It all happened so quickly and was scary."

Per Today, Jana pleaded guilty and was fined $880 in January 2022.

John-David Duggar

Jana's twin brother, John-David, was elected as a constable in Washington County, Arkansas in 2014 and works as a pilot. He got married in 2018 and had two children with his wife, Abbie Burnett.

People reported that John-David crashed a plane in Waverly, Tennessee because of a double engine failure in October 2021. No one was injured, and he released a statement about the experience a few months later in January 2022.

"An emergency landing or any kind of plane crash is a scary thing, but it's exactly what pilots are trained for," John-David and Abbie wrote in the statement. "We are so thankful for God's protection, as we all walked away without injuries when this happened last October. We so appreciate the love and care so many have expressed toward us!"

Jill Duggar

As of 2023, Jill is a certified midwife and runs her own YouTube channel where she posts family and lifestyle content. In the Prime Video docuseries, Shiny Happy People, Jill speaks out about her experience in the IBLP growing up. Per Insider, she said she felt "obligated" to take part in an interview with Fox News in which she said she forgave her brother Josh for allegedly sexually abusing her.

The 32-year-old had previously revealed that she wants to distance herself from the Duggars after she and her husband, Derick, had allegedly not been paid for their appearances on Counting On in September 2020. The couple hired lawyers to recover the missing payments, and the TLC network declined to comment on their claims in a People report.

"There's been some distancing there," Jill said in a video uploaded to her YouTube channel. "We're not on the best terms with some of my family. We've had some disagreements and stuff, but we're working toward healing definitely and restoration."

Jessa Duggar

30-year-old Jessa is still married to her husband, Ben Seewald, who she met while filming 19 Kids and Counting in 2015. They have four children together and now, Jessa works as a content creator on Instagram and YouTube. Most of her content features her young children.

Jinger Duggar

Jinger got married to Jeremy Vuolo in a 2016 episode of Counting On. The couple is still together and have two children. People reported that they moved from Texas to Los Angeles so Jeremy could begin his studies at The Master's Seminary in 2019.

In 2023, she published a memoir, Becoming Free Indeed: My Story of Disentangling Faith From Fear, that details her experience with the IBLP organization, how she began to question its values, and how she ultimately transitioned away from its teachings.

Also in 2023, Jinger appeared in an interview with People, where she discussed her reaction to the docuseries. "I was actually approached and asked to participate in the docuseries, but I thought that from my perspective, I really wanted to make sure that I was able to share my story in my own words and in my own timing," she said. "So that's why I wrote Becoming Free Indeed, was to share more of my journey out of IBLP's teachings. I wanted to be able to share it in a way that was, like, God-honoring and hopefully sharing my story in a balanced way."

The mother of two revealed that she "had heard a little bit" about Shiny Happy People from her sister Jill. Jinger said that she is proud to "be able to share my story from my perspective," but she's happy that her sister "has her voice" as well. "And I am excited to hear what she has to say, even in this documentary," she concluded.

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Joseph Duggar

Joseph is the first Duggar that went to college. However, he only studied at Crown Bible College in Knoxville, Tennessee for a year and then went back to working for his family's construction business. Per Insider, Joseph got his real estate license in 2016 and married his wife Kendra Caldwell the following year. They have three children together.

Josiah Duggar

In 2018, Josiah got married to his wife, Lauren Swanson and they went on to have two kids together. The 26-year-old registered a company called Milagro Designs LLC in 2019, but it seems to be inactive. Since then, he's stepped away from the spotlight and his joint Instagram account with Lauren is private.

Joy-Anna Duggar

25-year-old Joy-Anna has taken after some of her sisters and is now a YouTuber. She posts family content with her three kids and husband, Austin Forsyth.

Jedidiah Duggar

In 2019, Jedidiah ran for Arkansas State House District 89 and lost to Democratic incumbent Megan Godfrey, per Ballotpedia. Two years later, he married his wife, Katelyn Nakatsu in 2021 and they kept their relationship private until they posted wedding videos on their YouTube channel. They have one child together and Jedidiah works for Champion Motorcars — a.k.a his dad's car dealership in Arkansas — according to InTouch Weekly.

Jeremiah Duggar

Jedidiah's twin, Jeremiah, wears several hats. In 2020, the Duggars' Facebook page revealed that he received his real estate license. His Instagram bio says that he works as a flight instructor and contractor. The 24-year-old married his wife Hannah in 2022, and they have one child together. They also post content on their joint YouTube channel.

Jason Duggar

According to Insider, 23-year-old Jason flipped and sold houses with his family for a few years. His Instagram bio reveals that he owns his own business, Build Master Construction, in Arkansas.

James Duggar

As for 21-year-old James, he's "the rancher in the family" who cares for cattle on their property, according to the Duggar family's official website. The site also revealed that he has a commercial driver's license and he is working towards his pilot license, per an Instagram post. James is also a YouTuber who posts travel vlogs to his channel.

Justin Duggar

20-year-old Justin married his wife, Claire Spivey, in 2021 and they moved to Texas, according to The Sun. That same year, the couple bought a house in Fort Worth for $134,700 and renovated it before putting it on the market for $199,900 in 2022. They also vlogged the progress of another renovation on their YouTube channel.

Jackson Duggar

Jackson, who's 19, finished a nine-week basic training course at the Air, Land, Emergency Resource Team (ALERT) Academy in 2022. ALERT is a military-style Christian service organization affiliated with IBLP, according to the Duggars' official website.

Johannah Duggar

Despite only being 17, Johannah created and released a musical album with her younger sisters Jennifer, Jordyn-Grace, and Josie. Josh and Anna's daughter Mackynzie also joined them on the album, Happy Heart, which was released in 2018.

Jennifer Duggar

Jennifer's birth aired on TLC's special, "Duggars' Big Family Album," in 2008. Now 15, one of the youngest Duggars keeps a low profile and doesn't have any public social media accounts of her own.

Jordyn-Grace Duggar

The Duggars' official website describes 14-year-old Jordyn-Grace as a "sweet-hearted, confident girl" who loves calligraphy, art, and fashion. Like Jennifer, she isn't active on social media.

Josie Duggar

The youngest Duggar, Josie, is 13 years old and lives with her parents and a few of her siblings in Arkansas. She sometimes makes appearances in her family's vlogs and Instagram posts.


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