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.


Britt Nilsson: The Bachelor Made My Bulimia Worse!

Britt Nilsson just got married, you guys!

As happy as we are that the woman who appeared on The Bachelor and was briefly a co-Bachelorette, she's sharing some troubling news about the history of her health.

As she discusses in the clip below, she's suffered from addiction issues and from bulimia. And apparently her time on The Bachelor made things even worse.

Britt Nilsson appeared as a contestant on Chris Soules' season of The Bachelor.

This was just a couple of years ago.

Now she's married, to a man named Jeremy Byrne.

In an appearance on The Doctors, Britt talks about her compulsive binge eating and how she used bulimia "like a bandaid" to avoid gaining weight from her compulsive habit.

When we talked about her wedding, we commented that their guests must have really loved the couple to commit to a wedding on a farm that doesn't allow alcoholic beverages of any kind.

We now understand why that wasn't a dealbreaker for Britt and Jer — as part of Britt's addictive compulsions includes binging on alcohol just as she might on anything else.

So, yeah, a dry wedding undert those circumstances makes sense.

(Just because Britt can control herself doesn't mean that doing so isn't torture; let her enjoy her wedding)

Britt also gets into the way that the environment on The Bachelor was an exacerbating factor for her compulsive issues.

"Behind the scenes, there's food everywhere."

Alcohol is often featured on those shows. Bachelor in Paradise recently enacted a 2-drink maximum per hour to deter binge drinking after this summer's scandal.

It's easy to see how food could also be a problem.

"It's very high stress fitting into these really tiny ball gowns in front of millions of people"

We can only imagine.

"I felt more of a need to be perfect than ever."

Britt is gorgeous and has an incredible figure, but we have to remember that a disease like bulimia doesn't allow people to view themselves objectively.

Britt took steps to keep her disorder a secret while on the set.

(Warning: this gets a little gross)

"I remember taking my mic off, hiding it under towels and throwing up."

Yeah, that's gross.

She'd try to shame herself into stopping.

"Then [I'd look] in the mirror like: 'You are going to get caught. You are such a mess. What are you doing? Stop, stop, stop' — and I couldn't."

It didn't work.

This plagued her after she left the show, too.

"I was doing a lot of modeling and as soon as we wrapped I would just start eating everything."

After-work meals are fine. Compulsive, unhealthy ones? Not so much.

"I made a vow to myself about two years ago after the show. I did a lot of soul-searching and I was like: 'You know what? No matter what, I'm never throwing up again.'"

That can't have been very long ago. But good for her.

It's relatively easy for people to recognize and understand bulimia and anorexia for what they are.

In one of them, you're throwing up all of the time. That's about as recognizable as illnesses get.

In both, you're depriving your body of much-needed nutrients in ways that are detrimental to your health and can even eventually be fatal.

As you watch the video below, you might find that certain things sound like you — even if you don't have an eating disorder.

Like, Britt talks about how her husband can have just one beer at a time without feeling a compulsive desire for more.

For me, I'm the same way (I don't like beer; but with any alcohol)

She says that he can have just half a bag of chips at a time, and while I can certainly do that, I think that most of us have only planned to have a few chips and suddenly found that we've devoured a bag.

The same thing with eating everything in front of her simply because it's there.

As her husband describes, that's a normal thing — but for Britt, it's a compulsion.

Scientists have linked the activity (or inactivity) of a particular gene to when people feel satisfied by their meals.

Some people eat a moderate amount of food and then just … stop, feeling satisfied. Other people eat until they're full. Others, still, eat until they feel stuffed, and don't feel satisfied until they do.

Even those in that third category don't necessarily develop the compulsive eating habits. Others mitigate it with exercise, or by choosing their food carefully.

(Yes, you can absolutely "binge" on salad)

It's good that Britt is finding ways to mitigate her disordered eating.

And can we just say that it's also great that her husband is so supportive of her?

Watch this video and see what we mean:





It's relatively easy for people to recognize and understand bulimia and anorexia for what they are.

In one of them, you're throwing up all of the time. That's about as recognizable as illnesses get.

In both, you're depriving your body of much-needed nutrients in ways that are detrimental to your health and can even eventually be fatal.

As you watch the video below, you might find that certain things sound like you — even if you don't have an eating disorder.





Britt nilsson the bachelor made my bulimia worse

Jenelle Evans: Why Her Relationship with Her Mother is Worse Than Ever

Let’s give credit where credit is due: Jenelle Evans has come so very, very far in the past few years.

Like, she’s not doing heroin anymore, and that’s pretty impressive, right?

But while the Jenelle of today is miles better than the Jenelle of yesterday, this girl still has some major issues.

And, as we saw on last night’s episode of Teen Mom 2, a good deal of them have to do with her mother, Barbara.

You know the whole sad story by now: Jenelle got pregnant when she was a teenager and refused to give up her hard partying lifestyle to become a responsible mother, so Barbara took custody of her baby boy, Jace.

She was pretty cool with the arrangement for a while — after all, it made it possible for her to do things like steal Barbara’s credit card and run away with her boyfriend to New Jersey.

A few years went by, she got married, there was that whole heroin period.

But then, at some point, she decided that she desperately wanted custody of her son, and she was shocked when Barbara didn’t just hand the kid over.

They began their long custody battle, and in the footage that aired last night, they were just about to the end of it.

And that’s when Jenelle seriously screwed up.

For some reason, she decided it was a good idea to grab her fiancé, David Eason, and track Babs down to a restaurant where she was sharing a nice meal with Jace and some friends.

She saw that Barbara had a glass of wine, as many people do with dinner, and she flipped out hard, causing such a scene that her mom had to leave the restaurant.

She was fine with taking the fight to the parking lot though.

After several minutes of being yelled at, Barbara finally said “You want to do this in court? You’ll see. Jace will never come with you.”

“You especially,” she told David. “He tells me what you do. He will never go or live in your house ever.”

Later, David speculated that “She knows that she’s probably gonna lose Jace and she’s gonna try to get all the time with him that she can, you know, for the next couple weeks.”

Jenelle agreed, saying “Yeah, I think she’s scared.”

Which is pretty embarrassing, considering that most of us were pretty sure she wouldn’t get custody, and, spoiler alert, she didn’t.

When they finally had their big custody hearing, Jenelle agreed to mediation instead of taking the issue to trial, and she agreed that Barbara keep full custody while she got an official visitation schedule.

But yeah, Babs was totally terrified.

It’s been a few months since all this went down though, so everyone’s probably calmed down a little bit, right? They’ve probably all got a new perspective on the situation.

Except this is Jenelle Evans we’re talking about here, and she honestly seems a little bit delusional about the whole thing.

In a new interview with Us Weekly, Teen Mom’s biggest trainwreck discusses her upcoming wedding, and — you guessed it! — how her mother is absolutely 100% not invited.

“She’s very upset,” Jenelle admits. “I know she is and she makes side comments here and there saying, ‘Well, you’re not inviting me to your wedding, so I don’t even want to talk about it.'”

“And I’m like, ‘I’m not trying to hurt your feelings, I’m just telling you this is what I need to do to get ready.'”

This isn’t the first time she’s talked about not inviting Barbara to her wedding, but this little bit hurts, doesn’t it?

Because really, why would Jenelle even talk to her mom about the wedding if she’s not going to invite her?

But, from Jenelle’s point of view, “I can’t forgive someone that’s just not going to give me back my son, so … and it’s still going on. It hasn’t been resolved.”

“And if I had custody of him now maybe I would have invited her, but I’m not at the moment.”


She had her chance to get Jace back, but she chose not to do that. She chose to go to mediation, she chose to agree on Barbara maintaining full custody.

And what is it going to take to get it through her head that her mom can’t just “give” Jace back to her? That he’s an actual person with feelings and opinions and not a toy that can get traded back and forth?

We know Barbara has her issues too, but bless her heart for having to deal with this.