When in doubt, procreate is essentially the Duggar family’s motto, so we should really stop being surprised when a member of their small child army announces a new baby is on the way.
That being said, we did do a double take when Josh Duggar and his hero of a wife Anna announced on their family’s website on Friday that they’re expecting their fifth child together. The couple are already parents to Mackynzie, 7, Michael, 5, Marcus, 3, and Meredith, 19 months.
If you are trying to remember which Duggar Josh is, he’s the one whose been at the center of a seemingly endless string of scandals over the past couple years, including the sexual molestation of underage girls, Ashley Madison-style adultery and addiction to pornography.
“For nearly the last two years, we have quietly worked to save our marriage, focus on our children, and rebuild our lives together as a family. Doing so is never easy after a breach of trust,” the pregnancy announcement begins. “We’ve learned that a life of faith and rebuilding a life together is simply done one day at a time,” the post continues.
“As we continue our journey as a family and rebuild our lives, we are delighted to share with you that we are expecting a new baby boy later this year,” the post continues. “Beauty comes from ashes and we cannot wait to see and kiss the face of this sweet new boy!”
Duggar has largely stayed out of the public eye since completing a faith-based rehab treatment in 2015 following his various scandals. The last we heard from Duggar he was being sued by a man who claims the former reality star used his photo on OkCupid and Ashley Madison to meet women.
A month later, the couple celebrated their eighth anniversary commemorated by a rare photo featuring the couple on the Duggar family’s Facebook page, praising “God’s redemptive love in your lives.”