Anna Duggar Shares Rare Glimpses of Children, Continues to Break Out of Social Media Shell

Anna Duggar is starting to really take to this whole social media thing.

The beleaguered former reality star had been silent on Instagram between May 1 and July 5.

She had been similarly quiet on Twitter during this same time period, only re-sending a few messages from her family’s official account for over two months.

Not that we could blame her, of course.

Not that anyone could really blame her.

The 30-year old is trapped in a marriage to an ADMITTED child molester and an ADMITTED adulterer.

Josh Duggar has owned up to the fact that he inappropriately touched two of his sisters back when he was a teenager and also to having cheated on Anna via the infidelity website Ashley Madison.

It’s very ugly stuff all around.

So anyway. Our point is that we totally understand why Anna would stay as far away from the spotlight as possible.

For whatever reason, however, she has chosen to emerge a bit from her social media cocoon of late.

First, Anna gave props to John-David Duggar for courting.

Then, she gushed over her relationship with Josh and we threw up a lot.

Now, Anna has opened up about two of her kids, starting with eight-year old Mackynzie.

“Mackynzie, Jordyn and cousin Emily enjoyed attending a sewing camp this week!”

Yes, sewing camp.

Instead of rolling our eyes over this concept, however, we’ll simply echo the sentiment of most Instagram followers who think this is a very cute photo of young Mackynzie.

Because it definitely is.

Whatever issues we have with her father, they obviously do not apply to her or any of her siblings.

We just feel terrible for them.

Elsewhere, Anna also posted a video of her two-year old daughter Meredith belting out a tune.

Check it out here:

“She is adorable! And hearing her sing made me smile ear to ear. So precious!” reads one comment in response.

We don’t know why Anna has chosen to suddenly be so open about her kids, but perhaps she just needs some positive reinforcement in her life.

Any time Anna mentions Josh, she gets slammed online.

Folks wonder how the heck she can remain with such a disgusting cheater.

But the opposite takes place any time Anna shares a picture or video of her young children… and for an understandable reason:

They’re so very cute, young and innocent.

Anna is the mother of Mackynzie, Michael, Marcus, Meredith and Mason.

She met Josh in 2006 at a Christian homeschooling convention and the two got married two years later in Florida.

They have since welcomed the five kids cited above.

And while Anna and Josh will no longer appear on TLC because the original Counting On was canceled in the wake of Josh’s molestation scandal, it does look like we’ll be seeing a lot more of their kids going forward.

We just pray they grow up alright.


Duggar Family Members: Who Will Actually Break Free?

The notion of Duggar family members “breaking free” has been a topic of discussion for quite some time inside fan circles.

But will it actually happen, and who will be the one to do it? Moreover, what does it even mean to break free in their case?

Below, THG staff writers break down who they believe is most likely to escape the cultural shackles of the famous TLC family.

Some of our selections and reasons behind them may surprise you … or in the case of one recently-married Duggar, probably not.

JILL DILLARD by Emily Trainham

When you think about which Duggar might be most likely to break free from the chains of that oppressive, creepy, molester-friendly family, Jill may not be the first person that comes to mind.

But if you just think about it for a minute, it’ll all come together.

For one, Jill’s been rebelling quite a bit against Duggar tradition lately. Like, the girl wore shorts this summer. Ones cut above the knee, even.

She’s also been photographed in an actual swimsuit instead of the traditional Duggar swimsack. She’s practically a stripper now by Jim Bob’s standards.

For two – and this is the real reason we see Jill breaking free – have you been keeping up with the shenanigans of Derick Dillard?

The way he’s going, we imagine he’ll be officially starting his own cult soon, and she’ll be too busy mindlessly supporting her husband and insisting everything is fine to remain an active member of the family. 

This transition has already started, really, since Derick got himself and Jill fired from Counting On.

Since then, they’ve appeared to spend less and less time with the rest of the Duggars, for obvious reasons.

As such, it’s easy to imagine that soon they’ll cut ties completely.

After all, bashing transgender people, begging fans for money, and gallivanting around impoverished countries in an attempt to look like decent people doesn’t leave much time for extended family!

So will Jill leave the rest of the Duggars in some inspiring, badass way?

Nah. But trust, she’s on her way out.

JOSIAH DUGGAR by Tyler Johnson

When a young man gets married, folks often talk about him “settling down.”

But when Josiah Duggar married Lauren Swanson earlier this month, it may have been the beginning of his effort to break free from the constraints that have held him down so long.

For years, Josiah has been regarded as one of the most rebellious members of the Duggar clan.

As long as he was living under Jim Bob and Michelle’s roof, however, there were limits on how much he could flout their belief system.

But for the Duggars, getting married is second only to cranking out kids in terms of milestones that mark one’s passage into adulthood.

Certain freedoms are afforded to those who have carried have taken steps toward their God-given duty to sire a small army.

That’s why Jinger Duggar is allowed to wear pants and move to a different state, while her older sister Jana is forced to do her gardening in a floor-length denim skirt.

For the most part, acts of rebellion by married Duggars have been exceedingly mild.

But those who know Josiah best say he can’t wait to prove to the world that he’s his own man.

Our own Duggar insider has called Josiah “the most likely to break out” and defy his overbearing father.

My guess is that now that Josiah has found himself a wife, it won’t be long before he begins to assert his independence.

He’ll probably start with something rather subtle, a small tattoo of his favorite Bible verse, but even that will be enough to give Jim Bob conniptions. And I’m sure it will all be incredibly fun to watch. 

JINGER VUOLO by Free Britney 

Sometimes, the most obvious answer isn’t the best. Sometimes conventional wisdom needs to be challenged and paradigms reexamined.

Not here. It’s always been Jinger and always will be.

Card-carrying members of Duggar Nation have known this for years. She’s been the family rebel since the concept was a mere pipe dream.

Sensing her independent streak, fans started an online movement, Free Jinger. (Our only regret is that there is no sister site Free Jana.)

Jinger hasn’t and will probably never throw two middle fingers in Jim Bob’s face or flaunt her freedom in ways that will disrespect him. 

But make no mistake, she is her own woman. By design or serendipity, she has taken heed – with an assist from her husband, Jeremy.

Let Jinger Be Jinger. That might as well be Jeremy’s mantra, as he’s helped her push back against Duggar norms from the day they met.

Vuolo is former pro soccer player from the Northeast, and a pastor with less stringent lifestyle views (and a Calvinist, to Jim Bob’s dismay).

Our point? The proof is in the pudding, honestly.

Since marrying him, Jinger Duggar moved out of state, waited over a year to get pregnant, and started wearing whatever she wants.

Enough said.

JASON DUGGAR by Simon Delott

If you’re only a casual Duggars fan, you might be shuffling through the different Duggar offspring in your mind, trying to remember which one is Jason.

Jason, folks, only turned 18 in April. He is not yet married.

As of early 2017, he co-owns a house with his father (though he is of course not allowed to live there, as an adult living independently might make independent choices).

He also wants to be a videographer. This is why I’m just optimistic enough to say that Jason has a shot at breaking free. 

If he’s serious about this calling, the Duggars might actually let him receive a real education in the matter.

Even if they don’t send him off to college (where he might encounter different people and new ideas, the horror!), there is reason for hope.

Just the process of learning videography in any setting aside from a tech room at a megachurch could broaden his horizons.

If he’s really passionate about this, then once he’s married, he and his obedient, Jim Bob-approved Handmaid’s Tale reenactor of a wife could move anywhere to pursue his career. 

And even if Jason focuses exclusively on Christian organizations and Christian video projects, he could still realize that there’s more to the world than the ideological prison in which Jim Bob and Michelle kept him for the first two decades of his life.

Be free, Jason. Be free.


Meghan Markle Attempts to Break Royal Protocol, Gets Shut Down By Prince Harry

Being royalty may sound like a blast — in fact, as far as fantasies go, it’s up there with winning the lotto and showing up to your high school reunion the exact same size as when you graduated.

But the reality is, those fancy titles come with a whole list of rules that must be followed at all times — and for the rest of your life.

It’s a sad fact of palace life that Harry has known about since birth and that Meghan Markle is just now finding out about.

Harry and Meghan have been married for about six weeks now, but it seems she still has a lot to learn about life in the Windsor court.

We’re sure Harry and others tried to prepare Meghan for the many strictures of royal protocol, but that’s like trying to prepare a college kid for the real world.

You just don’t know until you’re really in it.

Anyway, Meghan is a new Duchess, but she’s also a new wife.

And it seems that the required formality of the former occasionally comes into conflict with the romantic giddiness of the latter:

As you can see, it looks as though Meg makes a move toward holding Harry’s hand here.

And he shuts down the maneuver with the speed and agility of a born athlete.

If Harry hadn’t been born a prince, he could’ve played quidditch, or whatever the hell they do in England.

We’re sure Harry meant no harm in refusing to take Meg’s hand, but such a public rebuke had to sting a little.

It’s not hard to see why Meghan may have thought it would be okay to hold Harry’s hand at a royal engagement.

In fact, those no written rule against it.

“The Queen rarely holds hands with her husband in public and this seems to have set an unwritten precedent for the other royals,” Body language expert Robin Kermode tells The Daily Mail.

Kermode adds that Harry may have simply been taking a cue from his older brother, saying:

“It is very clear that William and Kate are emotionally close, however, they do not seem to feel the need to prove their love – particularly when on official state business.” 

We guess it’s just one of those things you learn with time.

To extend out earlier college/real world metaphor, there’s no law against getting hammered on two-for-one Tuesdays when you have work in the morning, but you quickly learn that it’s not the best idea.

These days, Meg is like a 22-year-old intern retching into her wastebasket and giving closer consideration to the possibility of grad school.

You know, we may have just taken that analogy a step too far.

As with royal PDA, we didn’t know where the line was until we crossed it!


90 Day Fiance: Did Anfisa and Jorge Break Up? Is Anfisa Pregnant?!

Anfisa Arkhipchenko and Jorge Nava are one of 90 Day Fiance‘s most controversial couples. Love them or hate them, fans want to know if they’re still together.

Recently, Anfisa deleted her Instagram account and made a whole new one. Fans immediately asked if she was getting a fresh start after leaving Jorge.

Now, Anfisa is answering fan questions — and talking about her new priorities. … Is she pregnant?

Anfisa’s new Instagram still lists her as Anfisa Nava — her married surname.

In a new post, she writes:

“Just reposting pictures from my deleted IG, don’t mind me.”

She really churned out a number of new photos to fill up her new account.

“On a serious note, just wanted to give you a little update about what’s going on in my life.”

And she is also apologetic about not keeping people as updated as she had intended.

“And why I don’t post more as I said I would in my last YouTube video.”

She has a good reason for that.

“I’ve been feeling very sick for the last week but other than that everything is fine.”

While the news that she hasn’t been feeling well certainly raised some eyebrows, she quickly talks about what everyone has been asking.

“Jorge and I are still together.”

She knows that this is what people want to know.

“(That answers 99% of questions I’m usually asked)”

She moves on to her current priorities — her schoolwork.

“And I slayed my finals after my first semester at college.”

She wishes her fans the best.

“Hope everyone is doing great!”

Obviously, fans’ ears perked and curiosities were piqued at the news that she’s been sick.

Normally, that would just elicit sympathies. But fans very naturally had one question as they took to the comments.

Is Anfisa pregnant?

Anfisa was quick to comment to shut that down, replying:

“Not anytime soon.”

Another fan clearly didn’t see that and jumped to conclusions, asking if they could see her sonogram.

Anfisa was not amused, and wrote:

“You are on [the] wrong Instagram. I’m not pregnant and not planning to be anytime soon.”

Recently, Anfisa showed off her grades from her first semester of college.

The reality star is making As in: Intro to Computer Systems, Principles of Microeconomics, Intro to Statistics, and Beginning Spanish.

Many fans can’t help but wonder if she’s learning Spanish in order to understand Jorge’s family.

(HIs sisters don’t care so much for Anfisa)

She also revealed the courses that she will be taking this summer:

Biology, Trigonometry, and Principles of Macroeconomics.

If Anfisa’s social media updates are a bit sporadic, don’t worry.

Jorge was spotted filming 90 Day Fiance back in April. 

So this currently airing season of 90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After? isn’t all that out of date.

Some reality shows film many months before anything makes it onto the television.

Still, we can probably expect Anfisa to be vague about some topics. For example, months ago, Anfisa said that any blatant discussion of Jorge’s marijuana arrest could really hurt his case n court.

So don’t ask about that.

While we’re at it, maybe don’t post too many comments about whether or not a woman is pregnant. It’s rude and is potentially insulting.

Anfisa can see those comments, you know.