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COUNTING On’s Jill Duggar has clapped back at a critic who accused her of fabricating the harmful childhood she recently opened up about.
The TLC star, 32, was primarily featured in the new Duggar family docuseries, Shiny Happy People, released last Friday on Amazon.
The series focuses on the cult-like tendencies of the Duggars and breaks down the Insititute in Basic Life Principles, or IBLP.
The four-part documentary showed an emotional Jill, who is the fourth oldest of the 19-kid clan, open up about her traumatic childhood.
The Duggar family rose to fame on their hit reality show, 19 Kids & Counting, which showed parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar raising their children in a Christian household.
On Wednesday, Jill took to her Instagram Stories with a screenshot of a DM from a critic who had seen the new Duggar-based docuseries and blamed her for “faking” her harmful childhood.
“The piece that is hard about your message is that you are claiming to be ‘harmed’ by parents who were motivated to do good and bring you up with a good life,” they wrote.
The critic went on to mention that there are children who are neglected and abused all over the world.
“Children truly beaten. I mean I get it. I was raised in a similar household and remember the shame and guilt I felt at bill gothard’s conference.
“But bottom line is your parents thought they were doing the right thing. This is Hollywood’s way of continuing to make Christians the bad guys and sadly you are playing into it for a dollar.
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“And you saying you were not paid is kinda funny – who paid for the mansion you lived in the first few years of your marriage? If your gonna tell the truth how about the whole truth?” they finished.
Jill’s screenshot also included her response, which showed her clapping back at the critic’s claims.
“I’m not minimizing or comparing my trauma to other people’s trauma,” she responded.
“But one person’s difficult experiences also shouldn’t be invalidated by another’s. Both are real. Both are harmful and need addressed.
“I’m also not saying you can’t recognize the beauty amidst the trials. It’s like roses and thorns. They can coexist.
“You can savor the beauty while still recognizing the harsh realities and calling them out. I also realize nobody is perfect (myself included).
“My love for my family hasn’t changed… that’s not what this is about,” Jill concluded.
While Jill may have to deal with some backlash, she has also received a ton of support from fans since the Amazon release.
On a recent Instagram post, Jill had written in the caption: “Life a journey. Sometimes courage is built in the toughest storms.”
Many fans chimed in to let Jill know that they were proud of her after watching her open up on the chilling docuseries.
One follower commented: “Just finished Shiny People. I’m so glad that you are out of that cult. Derick is a good egg.”
“You did a great job on the documentary! I don’t even see any ‘dishonoring’ of your parents; just facts about what happened and captivating on all the beautiful childhood memories,” wrote a second.
A third commented: “I just watched the documentary, I admire your bravery and courage.”
“Just finished Shiny Happy People and I am blown away by your strength and courage. I don’t know you personally but I’m proud of you. You have lots of people rooting for you,” a fourth wrote.
SECRETS FINALLY REVEALED
Jill shared some shocking secrets while speaking out about her family in Shiny Happy People.
Jill and her husband, Derick Dillard, spoke candidly about a lot of the darker things they quietly went through before distancing themselves from the Duggars.
In one episode of the four-part documentary series, Jill and Derick opened up about their time on the family’s TLC reality shows.
The couple said on Shiny Happy People that they had little say in what was featured on the show, claimed they were left out of negotiations, and they weren’t compensated for their appearance.
Derick said in the film: “We had no choice in the fact that 4.4million people watched our wedding.”
In addition to filming their big day for the show, 19 Kids and Counting viewers got to see the moment Jill and Derick told the Duggar family that they were expecting, and the birth of their first child.
The latter was not something they intended to feature, however, the network pushed and the young stars agreed.
After the fact, Jill said, they went to the network asking for a little cash to cover their expenses and were shocked at their reply.
“After Israel’s birth we asked TLC to pay us enough just to cover what our out-of-pocket costs were for health insurance for Israel’s birth,” she said.
Derick added: “They said they paid the family. Paid the family means we don’t get anything at that point. They said ‘Well, we paid your dad so take it up with him.’”
Jill said that it wasn’t just Israel’s birth that she wasn’t compensated for.
“I never received any payout. No check. No cash. Nothing. For seven and a half years of my adult life, I was never paid,” she said in Shiny Happy People.