‘Counting On’: Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard’s Way of Life May Be Breaking Duggar Code

Fans of Counting On have been keeping up with the Duggars since before Michelle Duggar even had all 19 of her children. And while Michelle and Jim Bob were the most notable in the whole family for years, their older children are now stealing the spotlight. Fans love watching Jinger, Jessa, and Jana (just to name a few) go about their lives on the TLC show, but there’s one Duggar we’re all missing — and that’s Jill.

Jill and her husband, Derick Dillard, were removed from Counting On after Derick unleashed a series of transphobic tweets against TLC star Jazz Jennings. And while many consider Jill’s ideals to be much in line with her parents’, it seems she and Derick may be breaking Duggar protocol with the way they’re making their money off-camera.

Duggar women believe the men are the leaders of the household

Jim Bob Duggar, center, and his wife, Michelle Duggar
Jim Bob Duggar, center, and his wife, Michelle Duggar | Matt McClain/ The Washington Post via Getty Images

The Duggars aren’t like the rest of us, which is exactly why they’ve been able to hold on to reality TV fame for so many years. The family holds Christian fundamentalist views that bleed into their dress code, household rules, courtship rituals, and general way of life. And they also believe it’s the man in the house who makes the major decisions.

The Hollywood Gossip notes many folks associated with the same religious beliefs the Duggars follow spoke to In Touch Weekly regarding the dangers and “cult-like” behavior they experienced first-hand. As one woman, Rebecca, told the publication, “Our main objective was to be the helpmeet (translation: servant) of our husbands and have children.” And we remember seeing Jim Bob be the main authority over the Duggar kids growing up until they married off and began families of their own.

Jill Duggar may be breaking code by being the breadwinner in her family

None of the Duggar women have ever attended college, as many of them began courtships and quickly married as soon as they reached their early adult years. Even Jana Duggar, who’s 29, still lives under Jim Bob and Michelle’s roof and doesn’t have a full-time job to support herself. But such seems to not be the case for Jill and Derick.

Jill and Derick seem to be doing quite well for themselves, as they recently moved into a newly-built home. And Derick attends law school (seemingly full-time), making him unavailable for keeping a job. This leaves the money-making up to Jill, which certainly isn’t standard Duggar behavior. As for how she makes her money, she frequently advertises products on her Instagram, which seemingly makes her a decent income. The Dillard Family blog is also quite popular. We’re not sure if the family blog is monetized, but that’s another job she could easily do from home while watching the kids.

Many suspect the Dillards are getting handouts from the other members of the family

There’s no doubt the Duggars have made quite a bit of money from their TV shows. In Touch Weekly notes insiders have said that TLC helped pay for the big family home, and the family has gotten many donations from church members as well. It’s quite possible Jill and Derick are still taking hand-outs from church community members, though it’s also even more likely Jim Bob and Michelle are forking over some of their money they’ve made from the show. If Jill and Derick are making the majority of their money through the other Duggars, then perhaps they’re not nearly as progressive as some may assume.

Derick maintains that he and Jill stick to a strict budget to keep their finances in check, however. In Touch Weekly notes the controversial star once advised, “You’ve gotta live on a budget, and make other good financial choices.” When Derick finishes law school, we’ll have to wait and see if he reclaims the breadwinner status in the household, too.

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