Jessa Duggar Seewald, who’s 34 weeks pregnant with her first child, is happier than ever despite her brother Josh Duggar’s child molestation scandal. Friends say the negative media attention has only reaffirmed her faith in God as she focuses on motherhood.
“Some people may have thought Jessa was wounded by the negative headlines, so it’s exciting to be able to show people that she is happier than ever and holding her head high,” a source told People Sept. 30. “Jessa is truly feeling so happy, healthy and centered. This is really one of the best times of her life.”
Insiders say Jessa’s happy marriage and excitement to have her first baby override any negativity in her life. “Her love for Ben is really something to see,” said the source. “They adore each other, and it’s clear that they’re soul mates. He treats her like a true queen.”
Jessa, who’s due to give birth Nov. 1, will star in two or more TLC specials with sister Jill Duggar Dillard. The TV shows, which will not feature Josh Duggar or other members of the Duggar family, will air by the end of the year.
The TV specials will focus on Jill Duggar Dillard, 24, who will soon move to El Salvador for missionary work with her husband, Derick, and their infant son, and sister Jessa Duggar Seewald, 22, and husband Ben Seewald.
“If there is any silver lining to the scandals, it’s that it only reinforced the strength Jessa has in her marriage, her family and, most of all, her faith,” said the insider.
Duggars Have Lost $25 Million After ’19 Kids’ Was Canceled
Jessa and Jill made headlines earlier this year after revealing they had been molested as children by their brother Josh Duggar. The child molestation scandal caused TLC to cancel the family’s hit TV show, “19 Kids and Counting,” in July 2015 amid massive public outcry.
The Duggars earned $25,000 to $45,000 per episode of “19 Kids and Counting.” The show aired 227 episodes spanning 10 seasons from 2008 to 2015. The Duggars have reportedly lost income totaling $25 million a year as a result of lost book deals, endorsement and speaking engagements stemming from their TV show’s cancellation.
Josh, 27, his parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, were slammed after news surfaced that Josh had sexually fondled six underage girls (including sisters Jessa and Jill) when he was 14 years old. According to a police report, Josh fondled the girls’ breasts and genitals, in some cases when they were asleep.
Jim Bob Duggar told authorities Josh had apologized to his victims and they had “forgiven” him. Jim Bob has come under fire for waiting more than a year after Josh confessed to being a child molester before contacting the police, who received criminal complaints about Josh’s molestation from his other victims in 2006.
Jessa and Jill confirmed they were two of Josh’s victims. Both Jessa and Jill said they have forgiven their brother and are furious at the media for exaggerating their sexual abuse, insisting Josh is not a rapist or a pedophile.