THEY grew up as devout Baptists with their strict parents monitoring their every move, but many of the infamous Duggar kids been rebelling in recent years – and some have pushed the boundaries more than others.

Parents Jim Bob, 55, and Michelle, 54, who shot to fame with their 19 kids on TLC's 19 Kids and Counting, are renowned for their stern rules.

They disagree with birth control, saying they want God to determine how big their family gets – and they homeschool all their kids whilst also limiting their access to TV.

The couple also practice chaperoned courtship with their kids – and ban their use of social media until they're engaged.

But their eldest children have slowly started rebelling against their parents' conservative ways, so much so Jill, 29 – who now promotes sex games and lube on social media – has been caught in a bitter rift with her parents.

Here, we look at how all the kids are staging a rebellion, from posing in previously 'banned' clothing to openly slamming their family show…

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Major family rift begins

Jim Bob and Michelle have always been close to all 19 of their children: Joshua, Jana, John-David, Jill, Jessa, Jinger, Joseph, Josiah, Joy-Anna, Jedidiah, Jeremiah, Jason, James, Justin, Jackson, Johannah, Jennifer, Jordyn-Grace, and Josie.

But a fair few of them have started rebelling all the same.

Jill famously shut herself off from her parents after leaving the family show in 2017 with husband Derick Dillard, 31, who was fired for his comments about the transgender community.

The couple have distanced themselves ever since and Derick exclusively claimed to The Sun that they are now even banned from the family compound when Jim Bob is not there.

Derick also sensationally claimed that Jim Bob withheld compensation from their appearances on the family’s reality show. Jill has since hired a lawyer to fight her parents for the money.

The couple made the surprising revelation on their YouTube channel, claiming that they hadn't "been paid for anything" during their time on the series.

Derick continued: "Once we got the attorney involved, we were able to recover a portion of what Jill should have been paid."

The couple's sons Israel, five, and Samuel, three, appeared to have been erased from a family portrait in a recent episode of the family's Counting On show too, fuelling further rumours of a family feud.

'Sexy bedroom' giveaways, lube promotions and birth control

Jill has remained the most rebellious of the kids ever since she started posting photos in outfits her parents wouldn't like, such as gym shorts, strapless tops, and jeans.

She also pierced her nose and enrolled her eldest son in public school.

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But perhaps most controversially for her parents, she revealed that they use birth control to prevent pregnancy.

She said in a tell-all YouTube video: "We use birth control but we prefer to use non-hormonal birth control methods, because we don't want to use anything that could potentially cause an abortion."

The jaw-dropping footage also saw the couple admit they'd be open to getting tattoos – something sure to be a breach of the Duggar rules.

"We're not against tattoos. I think what you get, you want to be wise. It's a permanent thing, which I think people most of the time consider," Jill said.

The rebellious Duggar has also shocked fans by promoting sex toys and lube on her social media page.

She recently shared a giveaway with fans, revealing that prizes included lubricant, massage candles, and a Sexy Dares book.

The giveaway was hosted by Dating Divas, a website that helps to provide married women with "creative, inexpensive, and innovative dating ideas".

Appearing to cement the feud, Michelle admitted in July that she had cropped Jill out of a family photo, but insisted it was just so she could fit some of the grandkids in too.

Posing in 'banned' clothes

Jinger, 26, was one of the first kids to rebel against her parents' strict clothing rules – by daring to venture out in pants.

The girls were all required to wear long skirts or dresses while growing up – but they've increasingly been pictured pushing the boundaries in recent years.

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Jinger recently moved to Los Angeles with her husband Jeremy Vuolo, 33, after they spent two years living in Laredo, Texas – and with it came a makeover.

She showed off her tan skin and dyed blonde hair while wearing a short dress during a night out with friends in August last year.

Then in September, Jinger donned short shorts while grabbing lunch with her husband – prompting many more outings in ripped jeans and shorts from then on.

It proved to be a catalyst as Jill soon followed suit in pants, and even Jessa, 27, jumped on the bandwagon in March this year.

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And not one to miss out Jana, 30, has also shared photos on social media in pants since too. She also incidentally broke another golden rule when she got her own Instagram account before she was engaged.

She's not alone in that respect as Josiah, 24, also appeared on Instagram before he ever popped the question to his now-wife Lauren Swanson.

Elsewhere, their cousin Amy – the niece of infamous patriarch Jim Bob -hasn't followed the Duggar's strict conservative views on clothing, music, and romance either.

However, in 2016 she admitted she did not agree with the 'rebel' title she's been given, telling People magazine: "That isn't necessarily what I want to be known as. What makes me a rebel?

"I love the Lord and I love my family. I'm just not born to live exactly the way they do."

Breaking 'courtship rules'

John David, 30, and his wife Abbie, 28, dared to break the 'no touching' rule while they were dating, with John explaining on the show that the rules were more relaxed for them because they were older.

However, reports also claimed they were spotted on an unchaperoned trip to Walmart on one occasion where they were very touchy-feely.

All the same, they've insisted they waited for their first kiss until their wedding day.

And they're not alone, as Joy-Anna, 22, and Austin Forsyth broke the strict courtship rules too – with Joy-Anna staying out past curfew once because she was 'talking for too long' with her partner.

Strict Duggar family rules

Some of the rules for Jim Bob and Michelle’s daughters include:

  • They can’t have intimate relationships before marriage
  • No birth control use
  • Must not show legs or dress in a revealing manner
  • They can't read romance novels
  • They have to be accompanied by a chaperone while on a date with a significant other
  • Can’t get their own social media accounts before being engaged
  • Can't wear pants
  • No tattoos
  • No body piercings
  • No alcohol
  • They monitor their kids’ TV viewing
  • No front-facing hugs
  • They're homeschooled and homeschool their own kids


Austin also later admitted on the family show that they broke the "three second hug" rule too. The pair went on to marry and welcome two kids together.

And Jessa openly admitted in her book Growing Up Duggar that she broke the rules while courting Ben Seewald.

According to Cheatsheet, she admitted to secret phone calls every night with her partner.

Slamming the TV show that made them famous

Jill isn't the only Duggar to have publicly spoken out against her family and mom-of-one Amy recently said she's "moving on" from the TLC reality show and is "happy" following years of estrangement from Jim Bob and Michelle.

She told Entertainment Tonight: "I think we are all just trying to find our path, and we're all just doing things differently.

"I'm doing things differently and I'm happy where I'm at. I'm happy for them."

It has been long rumored that Amy, who has appeared frequently on 19 Kids and Counting, is unable to speak about her famous family because of an NDA.

However in March, Amy had an interview on YouTube channel Without a Crystal Ball, but the video was set to private.

Host Katie Joy said in a clip: "I had the chance to speak with Amy Duggar King. While this video was premiering, I received a message from Amy that someone wanted the video down. Someone.

"When I found out shortly after this video went live and while it was premiering that this video would need to come down, I was shocked. Nothing was said negatively at all about this family.”

Amy then tweeted: "I've said it once, I'll say it again… 'A woman's voice should never be silenced'.”

Here's hoping those rifts don't grow any deeper.

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