Jim Bob Duggar vs. Ben Seewald Feud: Worse Than We Thought?!

For several months now, we’ve been hearing rumors about an ongoing feud Jim Bob Duggar and his son-in-law Ben Seewald.

The cause of the discord is said to be a number of differing views regarding religious doctrine that would no doubt seem minor to anyone not deeply involved with the particular sect of baptism that shapes every aspect of the Duggars’ worldview.

But for Jim Bob and Ben what’s at stake is no less than the immortal souls, as well as the fates of Ben and Jessa’s two children.

Some of the disagreements can be easily understood by outsiders:

Ben holds a number of “liberal” beliefs (meaning they fall to the left of Jim Bob’s far-right ethos), and the Duggar patriarch believes that by supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and refusing to condemn all gays to hell, Seewald is defying not only the teachings of the Baptist church, but the very will of God.

But apparently, what concerns Jim Bob even more is some of Ben’s more arcane beliefs, which apparently fly in the face of the central tenets of Jim Bob’s beloved Quiverfull movement.

Insiders say the biggest point of contention is Seewald’s Calvinist beliefs.

One of the more controversial teachings of Southern Baptist Calvinism is that of predestination, or the belief that one’s salvation and path through life are pre-determined.

It’s a belief that’s shared by Jinger Duggar’s husband, Jeremy Vuolo, and apparently the doctrinal differences have created a deep rift within the Duggar clan.

“Every one of the guys have married into the family have their own way of thinking,” a source close to the family told Radar.

“Their beliefs aren’t always going to reflect every little ideal Jim Bob and Michelle embrace. There are a few differences in religious thought processes.”

The insider adds that Ben has been able to maintain close ties with most of his in-laws despite some major ideological differences–but it hasn’t always been easy.

“Overall he’s close to the family,” the insider continued.

“Most everyone tries to agree to overlook things that aren’t in alignment with their thinking. If there’s something that comes out they tend to work it out quickly.”

That said, Ben isn’t the only son-in-law with whom Jim Bob is currently locking horns.

It seems certain revelations about Joy-Anna Duggar’s husband, Austin Forsyth, recently came to light and Jim Bob is not pleased with what he’s learned:

“There has been a lot of talk about the character of her new husband Austin,” a source told Radar in September. “He was more of a rebel child.”

The situation has reportedly led to a generational feud that shows no signs of being resolved any time soon.

“There’s a lot of outrage between increasingly divided factions,” says one insider.

Thus far, Jim Bob has been able to maintain the outward appearance of civility.

But those familiar with the situation say it’s a veritable powder keg that’s liable erupt any day now.

Watch Counting On online for more from reality TV’s most controversial family.


We Never Thought We’d Cry Over a Costume, But…

Imgur user BScribbs has shared a post titled "I'm just really proud."

Who is she proud of? Why might her story make you cry all the happy tears?

Scroll down to learn why (and prepare to cry all the happy tears as you do)…

1. This is the User’s Son

This is the users son
We don’t know his name. But he’s about to earn a standing ovation.

2. This Was His Halloween Costume

This was his halloween costume
Writes the users: “No one knew what my son was for Halloween and he didn’t care. He had a hard time picking out a costume this year. We walked out of two Halloween stores empty handed, he didn’t wanna be any of the characters…”

3. Who Do You Admire Most, Son?

Who do you admire most son
“Finally, Sunday night, I just told him to pick his FAVORITE HERO and I’d make the costume the next day. His eyes lit up and he yelled ‘Dad'” she explains. So she made him a costume of his father. AWWW, right?!?

4. Now the Dad is Our Hero, Too

Now the dad is our hero too
Continues the user: “His dad works long hours and rarely gets a day off. He runs a kitchen in a restaurant and comes home greasy, stinky, and exhausted every night. He works really hard to take care of his family.”

5. We Love This Story

We love this story
And, as you can tell by these reactions, we aren’t alone.

6. So Much Pride All Around

So much pride all around
So much deserved pride all around.

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Kim Kardashian: I Thought I Miscarried North!

There may be plenty that is fake, phony and contrived about Kim Kardashian.

But one thing that has been painfully real for the reality star over the years has been the difficulty she’s had getting pregnant and then being pregnant.

Due to these ongoing health concerns, for example, Kardashian and Kanye West are actually using a surrogate for their third child.

According to various reports, this surrogate is due to give birth to Kim and Kanye’s daughter in January.

That’s looking ahead, though.

Looking behind, Kim opened up Sunday night on the Keeping Up with the Kardashians 10-year anniversary about her first time carrying a child in her womb.

And the major fear that accompanied this experience.

“I was so scared, I was having so much pain. I mean, at one point I thought I had a miscarriage – I was pretty certain about it,” Kardashian explained on air.

She continued telling this unfortunate tale as follows:

“I didn’t know what was going on. I flew all the way home on Thanksgiving and the doctor told me, ‘There’s no heartbeat, you had a miscarriage. Let’s get through it, come in after Thanksgiving dinner.’

“Then I went in that morning and he was like, ‘There’s a heartbeat, you didn’t have a miscarriage!’ and I was like, ‘Oh my God, this is a sign.’

“It was such an emotional Thanksgiving, and Kourtney was the only one that knew about it. Her and Kanye, because we were in Miami living together.”


Criticize Kim Kardashian as much as you want to, but this must have been so very frightening.

We can’t imagine gone through anything like it.

Kim and Kanye are now parents to a pair of healthy kids named North and Saint.

They seem like loving, committed, doting parents.

On this same family special, Kardashian talked about falling for Kanye after her marriage to Kris Humphries fell apart.

“After my breakup, I was feeling really low and down and he said, ‘Just come to Paris and see my fashion show.’

“He jokes that he put on this whole fashion show just to get a date with me.

“So I went there and I stayed with him, and that’s where we started dating.

“I swear from the moment I landed, I fell madly in love with him and I thought, ‘Oh my God, why didn’t I do this sooner?’

“Like, this is what real life is like – love and fun and real support.”

That actually is a very sweet story.

Keeping Up with the Kardashians Season 14 premieres on E! on Sunday, October 1.


Rihanna and Hassan Jameel’s Relationship Isn’t as New as You Thought!

Rihanna absolutely deserves happiness, and she’s clearly getting it.

We saw Rihanna making out with the unnecessarily handsome Hassan Jameel in those famous hot tub pics just last month.

And now we know even more about this gorgeous couple’s new relationship — including that it’s not as new as the world assumed.

Apparently, Rihanna and Hassan Jameel have been hooking up for months, according to Us Weekly.

That goes back way before they were photographed necking in Ibiza.

The two of them were then photographed again — wearing more clothes than they had been in the relative privacy of Rihanna’s villa — out getting coffee.

Hassan Jameel, as you might recall, is a Saudi businessman.

He’s deputy president and vice chairman of a family-owned company that owns the rights to sell Toyota cars in Saudi Arabia.

Hassan may have a number of qualifiers in his position like “deputy” and “vice,” but he’s become something of the face of his family’s company.

Probably not only because he’s handsome, but let’s not rule that out as a factor.

He’s traveled the world to represent his family’s business interests, and that’s included meeting British royalty.

While we don’t know Hassan Jameel’s personal net worth, his family’s said to be worth about $ 1.5 billion.

That’s nothing to scoff at, even if you’re an intensely successful singer who’s worth hundreds of millions yourself.

But we suspect that it isn’t Jameel’s money that drew Rihanna’s interest.

And while the fact that Hassan is really, really, ridiculously good-looking can’t have hurt, we know that Rihanna could have any guy on the planet, so there’s more to this.

But Rihanna’s past comments paint a pretty clear picture of what she wants in a man.

We already knew, of course, that Rihanna doesn’t like casual sex.

(To each their own)

But our girl RiRi has some definite opinions about the qualities that she’s seeking in a man.

And, for reasons that we can’t explain, Rihanna describes her ideal lover in terms of personality rather than physical traits.

“I’m turned on by guys who are cultured.”

That goes beyond a guy she can take to the J. Paul Getty art museum, folks.

“They don’t have to have a single degree, but they should speak other languages or know things about other parts of the world or history or certain artists or musicians.”

That’s a wide array.

Note that she’s not requiring that every guy who wants to date her be a polymath of some sort.

They just need to know something interesting. A skill or knowledge or experience.

And while we’re sure that Rihanna would prefer guys with multiple talents to one-trick ponies, she’s not demanding that potential suitors have every skill or piece of knowledge.

Rihanna understands that education never ends.

“I like to be taught.”

And no, that does not mean that Rihanna likes mansplaining.

Basically, Rihanna likes a man whose mind is rich with thoughts, knowledge, and experiences.

Hey, more cute-and-dumb types for everyone who prefers those, right?

(Who would want to have to compete with Rihanna anyway?)

We’re so, so glad that she’s having a good time.

Rihanna brings joy to the world, whether it’s through incredible music or through captivating music videos about killing men.

We’re not claiming that Hassan Jameel is going to be Rihanna’s happily ever after or that she’ll be his, of course.

We don’t know if they’re dating-dating (hookups can go on for years without ever turning into dating) or if things will get even more serious than that.

They don’t know what the future will hold and neither do we.

But happiness doesn’t have to be permanent to have meaning.

Now that the world knows about it, the rest of us get to vicariously enjoy their relationship as long as it lasts.