Anna Duggar’s siblings beg her to leave husband Josh after his shocking double life is revealed. Subscribe now for more on the cheating scandal and the Duggars’ ultra-conservative lifestyle, only in PEOPLE!
“We are so thankful for the outpouring of love, care and prayers for our family during this most difficult situation with Josh,” reads the statement posted to the Duggar family website Wednesday. “As parents we are so deeply grieved by our son’s decisions and actions. His wrong choices have deeply hurt his precious wife and children and have negatively affected so many others. He has also brought great insult to the values and faith we hold dear.”
“Yesterday Josh checked himself into a long-term treatment center,” continues the statement. “For him it will be a long journey toward wholeness and recovery. We pray that in this he comes to complete repentance and sincere change. In the meantime, we will be offering our love, care and devoted support to Anna and our grandchildren as she also receives counsel and help for her own heart and future. During this time we continue to look to God – He is our rock and comfort. We ask for your continued prayers for our entire family.”
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The latest Duggar statement comes just six days after Josh, 27, and his parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar first broke their silence about the scandal with a statement in which Josh called himself “the biggest hypocrite ever” and confessed to a secret pornography addiction, as well as being unfaithful to his wife, following reports that he signed up with the infidelity website Ashley Madison. The statement was later revised several times to remove porn and Satan references, though the current version does include the pornography mention.
In the wake of Josh’s first statement, a Duggar family source told PEOPLE that “it’s hurting everyone involved” and “everyone feels betrayed.”
A source close to Anna added “there was always something a bit odd about Josh.”
Jim Bob, 50, was spotted on Tuesday for the first time since the scandal erupted last week, looking solemn as he walked out of a local storefront in Springdale, Arkansas. A Duggar family source told PEOPLE that the patriarch is “like a dictator.”
“Jim Bob calls the shots,” adds a second source. “Always has, always will.”
Josh’s recent admission comes just three months after his first scandal broke in May, when he revealed he had molested five underage girls as a teenager, including two of his sisters, Jessa (Duggar) Seewald and Jill (Duggar) Dillard.
Josh and Anna married in 2008 and have four children together, including Meredith Grace, just over 1 month old.
A source close to the Duggars told PEOPLE that Anna “doesn’t get mad” – per the family’s conservative patriarchal Christian beliefs, “You are not allowed to get mad,” said the source. “It’s not godly for a woman.”
A source with ties to the family told PEOPLE last week that Anna will likely not leave her husband in the wake of the scandal.
“Divorce is not even something that will be discussed,” said the source.
For much more on the fallout from Josh Duggar’s secret double life and the Duggars’ ultra-conservative lifestyle exposed, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday