Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard Just Proved Their Marriage Is Stronger Than Ever

We’ve all been following the Duggars for years — and though 19 Kids and Counting began with a focus on Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar and their clan of 19 kids, the times have since changed. We still see Michelle and Jim Bob, of course, but Counting On now features many of the Duggar children who are all grown up. And now, fans can’t stop watching 27-year-old Jill Duggar. Viewers love watching her navigate life with her two children outside of her family home, but they can’t quit judging her for her marriage to Derick Dillard. And there have been multiple times when fans were convinced the two were headed for divorce.

Now, it seems Jill and Derick just quietly shut down the nonbelievers with a recent blog post. Here’s how they just proved their marriage is better than ever.

Fans thought Derick may have put a rift in their relationship since he got fired from TLC

From the everyday stresses of marriage to having kids, there are many reasons a couple could be having issues — and fans were sure Jill would have something to say to Derick after he got the couple removed from Counting On. In Touch Weekly reminds us he tweeted transphobic commentary about TLC star Jazz Jennings a couple of times, and that was followed by homophobic comments about Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent from Nate & Jeremiah By Design. Because of the tweets, TLC then released a statement that said, “We want to let our viewers know that Derick Dillard has not participated in Counting On for months and the network has no plans to feature him in the future.”

Derick maintains he and Jill left the show on their own accord, but fans don’t believe it. Either way, life without the show could have also put some financial stress on the couple, as Derick now attends law school and neither of them have jobs. This had many believing their marriage couldn’t possibly survive the turmoil.

This awkwardly affectionate photo also had fans judging

Fans further speculated that something was amiss with the couple when Jill shared a PDA-filled photo on her Instagram of her and her husband. While Jill was hoping to reaffirm to the public how much she loves Derick, OK! Magazine notes no one took it that way. Instead, her followers said her public displays of affection looked way too forced to be real — and it had many speculating that perhaps their marriage was deeply on the rocks.

As one fan wrote, “You need to do a better job in kissing, not good!” And another added, “It looks forced. Just like your marriage.” Finally, “You are trying too hard. The boychild needs to get a job,” came from another upset fan.

Jill and Derick’s recent vacation reaffirmed they’re doing just fine

Derick just completed his finals at law school, so to celebrate, Jill and Derick headed out to Branson, Missouri, for some time alone away from the kids. Jill recounted their fun weekend on the Dillard Family blog — and if any of their followers had doubts about their marriage before, it’s tough to deny their love after this post. They stayed at a local bed and breakfast, spent time at Silver Dollar City theme park, visited Derick’s brother, wife, and baby, and spent plenty of quality time taking photos together to savor the moment.

The weekend sounded like a blast — and the photos really prove how close Jill and Derick still are despite the backlash they’ve received from the public. Jill also posted another photo of her kissing Derick, which is very reminiscent of the one on Instagram her followers seemed to hate. In Touch Weekly also notes that Jill seemed to be particularly stricken with Jax, Derick’s brother’s new baby. Could this mean another child is in the works for the Dillard family? We’ll have to wait and see.

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