Josiah Duggar has ended his four-month courtship with Marjorie Jackson. The 18-year-old former TLC star Josiah Duggar’s parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar broke the news on Facebook according to a Wednesday, August 5 report from People. Josiah’s mom and dad attributed their son’s breakup to “the Lord’s will.”
“A few weeks ago Marjorie and Josiah agreed to end their courtship, keeping in step with what they believe the Lord’s will is,” they wrote. “Both are thankful for the time getting to know each other, and their families continue to enjoy each other’s company and close friendship. As parents, we are very pleased to see two young people searching out their futures with God’s will as their first priority!”
The former “19 Kids and Counting” TLC reality series member began his courtship to Jackson on April 6. The former couple met while taking Spanish lessons with her mother, Analucia. Later that month, Josiah and Marjorie made their debut as a couple in a joint video for TLC. “Courtship is like dating with a purpose,” Marjorie explained. “It’s getting to know each other better in group settings, along with our families and just really asking those tough questions and getting to spend more time together along with family and friends.”
In the video, Josiah’s older brother, 27-year-old Josh Duggar, gives advice to him about courting. Josiah Duggar and Marjorie Jackson’s split comes just three weeks after TLC officially canceled the family’s reality show, “19 Kids and Counting,” following Josh Duggar’s molestation scandal, which broke in May.
As previously reported, shocking details surrounding the Josh Duggar sexual molestation scandal began emerging by the number in May. Details revealed Josh Duggar’s sexual molestation of a least five underage girls, including his sisters and the crimes took place on the family’s church property. What is worse it is alleged that the church and Josh’s parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar were all aware of the molestations and that they occurred regularly while the young girls were sleeping.
Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar along with the church were aware of the crimes for at least two years. Josh Duggar’s parents spoke with police and revealed that Jim Bob had secretly confided with the elders about his son Josh’s shocking sexual crimes. The church elders allegedly advised Jim Bob to put Josh in a treatment program. Do you believe it is best that Josiah Duggar and Jackson ended things at this point?