‘Counting On’: Jill Duggar Has Changed — And Fans Are Loving ‘2020 Jill’

Jill Duggar has been through a lot with her family. Growing up, Duggar was arguably Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar’s favorite child. She was the first daughter to be married, and, at the time, it seemed like she would certainly follow in her parents’ footsteps. Over the years, though, things have changed.

Now that Duggar and her husband, Derick Dillard, are no longer on Counting On, Duggar has been rebelling more than ever. And fans are loving Duggar’s new version of herself.

Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard
Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard | D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Extra

Duggar and Dillard are reportedly on bad terms with her family

When Duggar and Dillard left Counting On in 2017, many people thought it was because of controversial comments Dillard had made on Twitter. But now, people are starting to think it had something to do with Dillard’s relationship with Jim Bob Duggar. Since the couple’s departure from the show, Dillard has been letting fans in on what really goes on behind the scenes of the Duggar family.

Dillard has suggested that Jim Bob controls all the money in the family and that his children must obey him in order to remain in the family’s good graces. And it’s been largely suspected that Duggar and Dillard are not on good terms with her parents — Dillard once said he and his wife need permission before they can visit her parents’ house.

Jill Duggar is always with her friends but hardly with her family.

Duggar has been slowly separating from her parents’ strict rules

Through the years, Duggar has started to become a rebel. It’s unclear if it’s in response to being exiled by her parents (since that hasn’t entirely been confirmed) or if she’s just stepping into a new version of herself. Either way, Duggar now wears pants and recently cut much of her hair off. For years, the Duggar women always had long hair because they believed that long hair makes women more feminine.

Duggar’s sister, Jinger Duggar, has long been considered the family rebel, but Jill might just be taking that no. 1 spot. After Jill cut off her hair, Jinger followed, debuting a similar style a short time later.

Jill Duggar recently rocked ripped jeans and looked truly happy

Duggar surprised fans when she posted a photo with her sisters to Instagram. It’s been a long time since Duggar has spent some quality time with her family, and though fans were happy to see the photo, they were more focused on what Duggar was wearing: ripped jeans.

“Love those jeans you rocked! Damn the man,” one user wrote, clearly rooting for Duggar to step away from the strict religious rules she’s lived by for so long. “2020 Jill is giving me life! Blue jeans with holes, short hair, nose ring, & Izzy starting kindergarten!!” another user wrote. “I’m glad to see you enjoying time with your sisters,” someone else commented.

Duggar just announced she’s sending her older son to public school

Duggar recently shocked fans when she announced that she had enrolled her older son, Israel, in public school kindergarten. All of the Duggars were homeschooled growing up, which was Michelle’s way of educating them while also incorporating religion into their daily routine. But Duggar has decided to defy her parents’ wishes and send her child to public school. Fans are thrilled that she’s willing to give her sons a chance at integrating more normally with today’s society, but it’s unclear how her parents feel about the decision.