“Our control to choose what jobs we were allowed to accept and even where we were allowed to live was taken away from us,” Jill told PEOPLE.
“The first few years of our marriage, we spent time and money working towards opportunities only to hit a dead end when we’d be told, ‘Well, you’re not allowed to do that,’” Derick told the outlet.
When the adorable couple told the network and Jill’s family that they were leaving the show, “it didn’t go over very well with anyone,” Jill said. “By that point we’d had enough. We knew we had to pull out completely to reevaluate and get our bearings.”
Jill’s parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, did provide a statement to the magazine, saying: “Every family has differences of opinion and perspective at times, but families work things out. We all love Jill, Derrick, and their boys very much. It is our prayer that our relationship is healed and fully restored quickly!”
Since distancing themselves from Jill’s family, the pair — who share two sons together, 5-year-old Israel David and 3-year-old Samuel Scott — have embraced a life without strict rules and instead, forged a path of their own.
Jill and Derick made headlines recently when they announced they were done having babies … for now.
The brunette beauty admitted in a YouTube Q&A video on Wednesday, September 30, that she was taking preventative measures. “We use birth control, but we prefer to use non-hormonal birth control methods because we don’t want to potentially cause an abortion,” the 29-year-old said. “I think there are probably uses for hormonal birth control for, like, regulating things and stuff like that, but for us we just want to be careful about that.”
The duo also tackled more progressive issues such as LGBTQ+ rights, enjoying a cocktail and wearing jeans — which is forbidden for Duggar women.
Jill is happy with her new direction in life and not worrying about what others and her family might think. “Sometimes,” she told PEOPLE, “it’s a good thing being OK with other people not being OK.”
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