Derick Dillard is now admitting that he sort of bent the rules when it came to Duggar’s courting rules when it came to dating Jill Dillard.
“[Eight] years ago I started dating my best friend,” Derick, 32, shared via Instagram on Monday, November 22, in honor of their 8-year dating anniversary. “I definitely enjoyed our unchaperoned motorcycle ride around the area [winking emoticon]. “
“And I have fond memories of the extra week we had over Thanksgiving to enjoy more intimate time together and get to know each other even better.”
Per the Duggar family blog, Michelle, 55, stated any family member over the age of 10 can be a chaperone.
“With Derick and Jill, they wrote out their courting rules at the beginning of their official courtship. These were their commitments to each other. After they agreed on them, they shared with their chaperones and family members so that they would know what they want to be held accountable for,” Michelle wrote in 2015.
“The chaperones then have clear guidelines for what is acceptable and what’s not,” she continued. “They’re the accountability.”
Derick also mentioned an “intimate” week spent together after their first Thanksgiving together.
“Thanksgiving is very special to us,” Derick shared during a November 2020 Q&A with Jill. “That was the first holiday we celebrated as a couple. Jill came to Nepal eight years ago, seven years ago, 2013. Once all the filming and everything was done, we were recorded our ‘goodbye.’ She stayed another week and we had Thanksgiving together.”
Jill confirmed the week “wasn’t in the show.”
“Once we said ‘goodbye’ for the cameras and Jill went away in the taxi, she came back, we spent another week together without cameras and had Thanksgiving dinner together,” Derick said. “We made Thanksgiving together. Very special time.”
“Unchaperoned motorcycle ride made my day! ???? Enjoy your future unchaperoned adventures,” one user wrote.
While another commented: “You are definitely her hero, she has thrived and emerged so much since meeting you. ❤️”
Followed by: “Somewhere Jim bobs heads about to explode ???? happy anniversary ❤️”
And last but not least: “I need to know how you managed to get unchaperoned visits!! Spill the deets!! ????❤️”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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