Not only the Kardashians have gained so much popularity on the media via their roles as TV personalities. As a matter of fact, there are hundreds of influential people whose lifestyles and activities interest people around the world. If you’ve heard about the famous Duggar sisters or the Duggar Kids, then you definitely know a thing or two about 19 Kids and Counting – a reality TV show which Jill Duggar is part of.
The popular American TV personality is best known as one of the daughters of America’s most moral family, the Duggars and like the rest of her siblings, she gained much popularity following her appearance in the famous TLC reality television show that also includes all the members of her family. A lot has been written and said about Duggar’s second eldest daughter, Jill Duggar, but just in case you want more, here’s your treat.
Jill Duggar Biography
Jill Michelle Duggar is one of the daughters of the famous real estate agent Jim Bob Duggar and his wife Michelle Ruark. She was born on May 17, 1991, in the Tonti town of Arkansas. Duggar’s educational background is not yet known but it is a fact that she grew up with the rest of her siblings. She had a rough childhood as a teenager as she was molested by her own brother.
Jill became a famous figure in the media when she joined the TLC reality television shows 19 Kids and Counting which focused on her family’s life. She featured in the show for about seven years (2008-2015) after which she switched to another series titled Jill & Jessa: Counting On. She has been with the show since 2016.
Aside from her TV appearances, Jill Duggars is also a great writer. She co-wrote the book Growing Up Duggar with her sisters; Jinger, Jessa, and Jana. The book which was published by Howard Books and released on March 4, 2014, relates the life of a Duggar child, especially in view of their parents’ faith and perspectives on life.
Jill Duggar is also a certified midwife. She became a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) on September 15, 2015, after going through the professional apprenticeship and an intense 7-hour comprehensive exam for which she came out in flying colors.
Even as a public figure, Jill Dugar has kept private certain information about her, including her annual earnings and net worth. However, several sources have estimated her net worth around $400,000.
Her Siblings and Family
The Jill Duggar family lives in Tontitown, Arkansas. Her father, Jim Bob Duggar met her mother Michelle Ruark in the 1980s when he went with a fellow church member on a follow-up visit to Michelle’s house after she underwent a religious conversion. The two then got married on July 21, 1984. At that time, Jim was just 19 years old and Michelle was 17. Upon settling down as a couple, they began their used-car and real estate businesses. Jim was also a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from 1999 to 2002. He was nominated for the US senatorial seat in 2002 but was defeated by the incumbent Tim Hutchinson.
As devout independent Baptists, the couple raised their children in a highly religious way. The oldest of Duggars twelve children is Joshua who was born in 1988. He was followed by a set of twin Jana and John-David. Others in the same order are Jill, Jessa, Jinger, Joseph, Josiah, Joy-Anna, Jedidiah & Jeremiah (twins), Jason, James, Justin, Jackson, Johannah, Jennifer, Jordyn-Grace and Josie. In all, Michelle gave birth 17 times with two sets of twins, over a period of twenty-one and a half years. They all formed part of the popular reality TV show, 19 Kids and Counting which was formerly 17 Kids and Counting and 18 Kids and Counting.
Despite the moral standards of the family, some of the Duggars kids were victims of sexual assault. In fact, the family reality show was canceled after the Duggars eldest son publicly admitted to the viral reports about him sexually molesting five girls, including his sister. In June 2015, Jill also revealed that she was among the girls her brother molested. Speaking to The Kelly File, Jill Duggars said he touched her inappropriately at night and she never knew about it until he confessed to their parents. After the show’s cancellation, a spin-off show Counting On was introduced. The show started airing from December 2015 and was on its fourth episode by June 12, 2017.
Jill’s Kids and Husband (Derick Dillard)
Jill Duggar got married on June 21, 2014. She met her husband Derick Dillard through her father; Jill was serving as a missionary in Nepal at that time. They began dating in November 2013 and he proposed to her on March 29, 2014, before they exchanged the marital vows in Jill’s hometown – Springdale, Arkansas.
Derick Dillard is a graduate of Oklahoma State University where he earned his degree in accounting. He worked at Walmart as a tax accountant. After quitting his job at Walmart, Dillard focused on his ministry known as Dillard Family Ministries. He also featured in the Duggars family reality show but was removed after his offensive tweet about a 16-year-old transgender, Jazz Jennings.
The couple had their first child Israel David Dillard on April 6, 2015. Their second child, Samuel Scott Dillard, was born on July 8, 2017. Concerned about raising her children the proper way, the brunette beauty tries to teach Israel and Samuel things about sex and sexual reproduction. However, she has occasionally been lashed by her followers on the social media for being careless with her children.