“Yeah, that’s been probably one of the hardest things for our family,” the TLC alum began. “It has saddened us — my oldest brother, his decisions, things that he’s done. It’s a very sensitive spot in our family. Especially with Anna, you know, their kiddos, and [we] just try to be there for them as much as we can. Um, be there for our other family members. I think spending time together as a family is important too, talking about things, and just being there.”
Anna, 34, shares seven children with Josh, 34: Mackynzie, Maryella, Marcus, Mason, Michael, Meredith and Madyson
Jed then described the “main purpose” he and Katey, 23, have, which is how they “can show love to [their] family,” adding, “It’s just a hard time.”
Jed’s comments came one day after a source exclusively described to In Touch how Anna’s relationship with the Duggars has changed.
“The Duggar family fully supports Anna, but it’s complicated,” the insider said on Thursday, October 27. “There are a lot of hurt feelings over what Josh did. She still attends family functions because her kids love their cousins, aunts and uncles, but it’s not the same for Anna.”
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s eldest son is currently in jail at the Federal Correctional Institute (FCI) in Seagoville, Texas, after he was found guilty by a jury of one count of receiving child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography in December 2021. However, his count of possessing child pornography was later dropped in his Mary 25 sentencing hearing. His sentence was then altered from 12.5 years to just over 10 years, as he is now scheduled to be released on August 12, 2032, In Touch confirmed in July.
“It started after some family members spoke out about Josh’s arrest,” the source said on Wednesday, October 26. “It was a nightmare navigating all that. Yes, it was horrible what Josh was accused of, but she needed unconditional support. Anna took it as a betrayal and she’s still not ready to fully forgive some family members.”
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