You can forget all about those Josh Duggar and Anna Duggar divorce rumors.
For good, most likely.
The controversial couple shocked fans on Friday when they took to their official family blog in order to make an unexpected announcement:
Anna is pregnant with her fifth child!
The couple announced in a statement:
“For nearly the last two years, we have quietly worked to save our marriage, focus on our children, and rebuild our lives as a family.”
“Doing so is never easy after a breach of trust.”
“We’ve learned that a life of faith and rebuilding a life together is simply done one day at a time,” they continued, adding:
“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.”
“Beauty comes from ashes and we cannot wait to see and kiss the face of this sweet new boy!”
They signed their announcement with a simple “Josh & Anna.”
The rebuilding to which Josh and Anna reference, of course, goes back to the spring of 2015.
At that time, it was revealed that Josh had molested five girls when he was a teenager – including his sisters, Jessa and Jill Duggar.
Adding to the stunning nature of this bombshell was the fact that Josh’s parents (Jim Bob and Michelle) admitted that they were aware of their son’s inappropriate behavior around the time it occurred.
But they did not go to the police.
Instead, they decided to handle the matter “in-house” which many fans felt was irresponsible at best, or shady and cowardly at worst.
TLC eventually canceled the family’s reality show in the wake of the scandal, although Jessa and Jill have returned to the spotlight via their network spinoff, Counting On.
Josh later sought treatment after confessing he had cheated on his wife, a revelation that came out once his name was included among those who had an account on adultery website Ashley Madison.
“I have been the biggest hypocrite ever,” Duggar said in August of 2015 upon confirming his infidelity.
He continued at the time:
“While espousing faith and family values, I have secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography on the Internet.
“This became a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife.
“I am so ashamed of the double life that I have been living and am grieved for the hurt, pain and disgrace my sin has caused my wife and family.
“And, most of all, Jesus and all those who profess faith in Him.”
Given the situation, it was a pretty impressive statement.
And it continued even further as follows, with a mention of his molestation history no less:
“I brought hurt and a reproach to my family, close friends and the fans of our show with my actions that happened when I was 14-15 years old.”
“Now I have re-broken their trust.”
“The last few years, while publicly stating I was fighting against immorality in our country, I was hiding my own personal failings.
“I humbly ask for your forgiveness. Please pray for my precious wife Anna and our family during this time.”
Ever since the molestation and cheating incidents were made public, Anna’s future has been the subject of rampant speculation.
Those who follow Josh’s extremely large family have wondered when the long-suffering wife finally up and divorce her dishonest, unethical husband.
But this action is strictly prohibited in their religious world.
Instead, Anna and Josh have simply kept a very low profile over the last two years.
The latter left rehab last March of last year and, aside from attending Jinger Duggar’s wedding to Jeremy Vuolo on November 5, the couple has scarcely been seen in public.
(Moreover, it certainly appeared as if TLC scrubbed Josh clean from all footage of the wedding, as you can see for yourself below.)
Josh, 29, and Anna, 28 are parents to four young children: Mackynzie, 7, Michael, 5, Marcus, 3, and Meredith, 19 months.
Baby news is nothing new to the Duggars.
In fact rare for more than a few months to go by when at least one member of the family isn’t pregnant these days.
Jessa, for example, gave birth to a son named Henry Wilberforce in February. Jill is currently expecting her second as well.
And there’s already talk about when Jinger will get pregnant with her first child, and Joy-Anna and Joseph are courting.
But this is about Josh and Anna and the new addition who will soon join their brood, a photo of which we’ve shared below:
The stars celebrated their eight-year wedding anniversary in September, refraining from making a big deal of it themselves.
But the Duggar family’s official site (headed by Jim Bob and Michelle) mentioned it shared a picture of them on Facebook.
“Happy Anniversary, Josh and Anna,” they captioned the pic.
“We are so thankful for God’s redemptive love in your lives.”
Earlier this month, meanwhile, Jim Bob and Michelle paid tribute to their oldest son on his 29th birthday by posting a picture of him, Anna and the kids.
We join all members of Duggar Nation in sending our best wishes to the couple and hope Anna has a healthy, stress-free, happy pregnancy.
Lord knows she deserves it.