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Anna Duggar has been publicly supporting her husband, Josh Duggar, amid the child molestation scandal, but friends of the 19 Kids And Counting family say his pregnant wife is hiding her shame.
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A source told Star magazine that Anna, 26, did know about Josh molesting five young girls, some of which were his sisters, but is humiliated the secret was let out.
“She is completely and utterly devastated,” a source told Star. “She knew about Josh’s past, but she never thought any of this stuff would come out. She is trying to be a supportive wife, but the allegations have rocked her world and undermined everything she believed about Josh.”
While Anna said in her public statement that he confessed two years before they were married, the insider claims she did not know the extent of his story, especially that it occurred when Josh, now 27, was a teenager.
“From what Josh told her at the time, Anna believed that one incident took place when he was very young and he immediately regretted it and confessed his sins,” the source told Star. “She thought it was merely youthful curiosity that went too far.”
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Worst of all, Anna fears that ”Josh will always be seen as the man who molested his sisters,” the source said, and cannot escape from the 19 Kids family.
“She feels trapped. If she leaves Josh to stay with her parents for a while, people will say she’s abandoned him,” the insider said. “She is stuck in the Duggar PR machine and feels completely alone. She’s utterly helpless in this horrible situation.