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Jill Duggar Feels Like She Has 'Control Over' Her Life After Walking Away From 'Counting On' — But Admits There's Still Family 'Drama'

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Feb. 23 2021, Published 12:50 p.m. ET

After Jill Duggar Dillard and her husband Derick Dillard announced they were distancing themselves from her reality TV family, the duo revealed they have been going to couples therapy to work on their relationship with each other but also help them handle the shift in their family dynamic. 

“It was one of those things where we knew therapy was helpful but until we got to the point where we were, like, desperate … we didn’t venture out to actually sign up for it,” Jill said in a joint interview with her husband. “It’s been so helpful learning to communicate as a couple and knowing your triggers.”

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The couple first decided to get some outside help after “a lot of transition” in their lives. “There were just a lot of things that we were working through and then learning to develop boundaries with even just extended family,” she explained. “[There’s] a little bit of drama there. … At that point, we were like, ‘We really need somebody outside the picture to speak into our lives to help us sort things out.'”

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The TLC personality went on to explain that after she made the decision to leave her family’s show, Counting On, there “wasn’t a lot of support” from her loved ones and that her relationship with her family hasn’t “gotten significantly better” since. 

“We were ready to leave and felt strongly about leaving… There are definitely some issues there,” she added. “We definitely feel like we’re in a healthy place now for our family and have control over our lives.”

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When it comes to her family, Jill admitted that “certain people are more supportive than others. I think it ebbs and flows with a family of that size. Every family has drama and so when you’ve got that many more people giving opinions or whatever, it can get crazy.” 

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As OK! previously reported, Jill and Derick’s relationship with her family has been strained for quite some time. "We’re not on the best terms with some of my family," Jill explained in a YouTube video with her husband in October. "We’ve had some disagreements, but we’re working towards healing definitely and restoration, but we’re having to kind of just take some time and heal." 

The couple, who share sons Israel, 5, and Samuel, 3, left the TLC series Counting On in 2017. "We ended up finding out we didn’t have as much control over our lives as it related to the show and stuff as we felt like we needed," Duggar detailed. "So we had to make a decision at that time to kind of put the show aside just to pursue our own goals and everything."

Us Weekly was the first to report on Jill Duggar Dillard's family drama. 

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