Fans speculated about Bachelorette’s Jef Holm's religious upbringing after the 28-year-old went an entire season on the hit show without highlighting his Mormon background.
But while Jef claims he had no intention of hiding any part of his past, a family member reveals exclusively to In Touch that while his immediate family, who are Mormon, do not practice polygamy, many of his relatives — including aunts and uncles — are still followers of the FLDS Church, a sect of Mormonism that still practices polygamy.
In fact, In Touch can reveal that his uncle Rodney Holm was convicted of bigamy in 2003 and his grandfather Carl Holm had 11 wives — and helped establish the FLDS Church after the LDS suspended the practice of polygamy.
Jef’s father, Monte, has 63 brothers and sisters, the family member tells In Touch. “Monte is one of 15 kids from the same mom, with a total of 64 brothers and sisters from the same dad.”
While most people are shunned after leaving polygamy (as Jef’s father did), that’s not the case for the Holm family — who still keep in touch with both sides of the divided family. “The Holms are the only ones that talk to other families after they leave the polygamy religion,” the family member says. “There's a higher level of respect attached to the Holm family because of [the grandfather] helping found the church.”
For more on Jef’s past, pick up this week’s issue of In Touch, on newsstands now!