Cynthia Jeub’s claims of domestic abuse just keeps getting worse.
Since breaking her silence about the alleged abuse she received at the hands of her parents — Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s close friends Chris and Wendy Jeub — the Kids by the Dozen star has gone into detail about her experience, and said she was kicked out of her parent’s strict, Christian home a little more than a year ago.
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She begins her tale on Labor Day 2013. At the time, she was 21, her sister, Lydia, was 19 and they planned on moving out of their parent’s house that same week. However, they were delayed because the apartment they had set their hopes on required proof of income to take over a lease, and their dad refused to help — and it only got worse from there.
When he met with his daughters, Chris is said to have accused the young women of “draining their resources” and allegedly forced them to either pay $500 a month to continue living in the unhealthy environment or leave immediately.
“Lydia and I have twelve younger siblings, and the kids looked frightened and worried,” Cynthia recalled on her blog. “I asked mom if I could take a shower before I left, or if I should pay them for it. She seemed surprised that I even asked and said, ‘Of course you can.’
“I cried in the shower, knowing it would be my last day living in my family’s house, I was being kicked out, and I hadn’t done anything.”
As Cynthia recalled, she and Lydia confronted her father — who suddenly had a change of heart and claimed to be “proud” of them. The friends who the girls arranged to stay with came to pick them up, and Chris and Wendy even invited them for dinner.
“We hadn’t gotten so much as an apology, but now everything was fine. As Lydia and I left, Dad stopped us at the front door to take a picture. Of everything that happened, this is the Facebook post people saw,” she wrote, with a screenshot of Chris’ Facebook, along with a photo declaring how “proud” he is of his two girls.
“That’s the difference between home life and what you see of my family online or on TV.”