Josh Duggar Now in Rehab

His parents announce the move in wake of his cheating confession
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 26, 2015 4:04 PM CDT
Josh Duggar Now in Rehab
In this image released by TLC, Anna and Josh Duggar pose Friday, April 10, 2009 in Springdale, Ark.   (AP Photo/TLC, Jessa Duggar)

Days after he confessed to cheating on his wife and an addiction to pornography, Josh Duggar has entered rehab. The ex-reality star checked himself into a long-term treatment center, according to his parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar. Their announcement today on the 19 Kids and Counting family's website did not specify the nature or duration of treatment, nor did it identify the facility. But the statement spoke of "a long journey toward wholeness and recovery." "We pray that in this he comes to complete repentance and sincere change," his parents said, adding they are "deeply grieved" by his actions, which have "brought great insult to the values and faith we hold dear." The couple also said Josh's wife, Anna, with whom he has four children, is receiving "counsel and help for her own heart and future."

Last week, the 27-year-old Duggar made an online apology, calling himself "the biggest hypocrite ever" following reports that he had been a subscriber to the cheating website, whose millions of customer records were recently hacked and made public. His admission came weeks after he acknowledged in May having molested five underage girls as a teenager, including two of his sisters. "There was always something a bit odd about Josh," a source close to Anna previously told People. But a source with ties to the Duggars told the magazine last week "divorce is not even something that will be discussed," and another source close to the family previously said Anna "doesn't get mad" because "it's not godly for a woman." (More Josh Duggar stories.)

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