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Former Counting On stars Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard are continuing to share secrets about why they left her family’s TLC reality show. Since they walked away from the series in late 2017, Jill and Derick have continued to distance themselves from Jim Bob Duggar and the rest of the family. In a series of recent videos, Jill and Derick have explained that they don’t see eye to eye with Jim Bob and his fundamentalist family. In their latest video, they dropped a bombshell that proved they are distancing themselves even further from the brand that Jim Bob built.

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Former ‘Counting On’ stars Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard | D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Extra

Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard had to hire a lawyer to get paid for ‘Counting On’

In the past Derick has claimed in social media posts that Jim Bob Duggar keeps all of the money TLC pays the family for Counting On. This is despite the fact that his kids are the stars of the show.

Jill and Derick’s latest video is titled “Q&A: Birth Control, Budget, LGBTQ+ More!” In it, they revealed that they had to hire a lawyer to get paid for starring in Counting On. The revelation came when a fan asked the couple how they are surviving financially while Derick is in law school.

“Up until the time we left the show, we hadn’t been paid for anything,” Jill revealed. “Of course there were perks that came along with filming. If you were traveling or whatever they might cover those expenses.”

Jill said they were grateful for that, but they didn’t actually get paid until they hired a lawyer. Derick added that once they got an attorney involved they were able to recover a portion of what Jill should have been paid.

The former ‘Counting On’ stars are getting by on savings, scholarships, and social media

Jill and Derick explained that they both went into their marriage debt free. Derick said he was able to go to Oklahoma State University without student loan debt. He was able to do that mostly because of scholarships.

Once they got paid for Counting On, Jill and Derick said they’ve been living off their savings while Derick is in law school. He explained that he earned scholarships for law school and he is paying as he goes. Derick is working odd jobs and Jill is earning money through social media.

The couple also promoted Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University and his Every Dollar Budget app. Jill and Derick told their fans that they use those financial tools on a daily basis. This is how they are able to cash flow their lifestyle while Derick is in school.

Derick disclosed to fans that they have officially monetized their YouTube channel. He wanted to make it clear that he and Jill were earning money for the Q&A videos they’ve posted recently.

Jill and Derick dropped a major bombshell proving they are distancing themselves from Jim Bob even further

As Counting On fans know, Jim Bob has a strict set of rules for his family. Some of the strictest rules involve relationships, as he doesn’t allow his children to date. Instead, they are allowed to court, which is dating with the purpose of marriage.

When his children are courting, they are always with a chaperone. No physical contact is allowed, which means they don’t get their first kiss until their wedding day. When it comes to marriage, Jim Bob and his wife Michelle are strongly opposed to using birth control.


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Obviously, with 19 children, the Duggar patriarch and his wife leave their family planning up to God. Now, in a shocking twist, Jill and Derick have revealed that they use birth control.

“Yes. We use birth control, but we prefer to use non-hormonal birth control methods. Because we don’t want to use anything that could cause an abortion,” Jill revealed.

She added that they do want to have more children someday. Jill and Derick – who share two sons – are mindful of their birth control choices because they don’t want to hurt their chances of having another baby.

Counting On just wrapped its most recent season. TLC has not yet revealed when it will return.