In a new Q&A video posted to YouTube last Wednesday, Jill and her husband, Derick Dillard, revealed where they stand in their family dynamic.
“There’s been some distancing there,” says Jill, 29. “We’re not on the best terms with some of my family. We’ve had some disagreements, but we’re working towards healing definitely and restoration, but we’re having to kind of just take some time and heal.”
She adds that while it has been challenging, she hopes the family can come to a resolution.
“We’re doing what’s best for our family right now and just working through, it I guess,” she says. “We are praying and trusting God that like the timeline is his and what that looks like and everything. So we definitely appreciate your prayers, and we don’t want to go into detail.”
And while Jill does not go into why there is a rift, she does talk about both hers and Derick’s exit from their TLC series in 2017.
“We left the show three years ago because basically our family goals that we had for ourselves didn’t align with what we found out,” she says.
“We ended up finding out that we didn’t have as much control over our lives as it related to the show and stuff as we felt like we needed. We had to make a decision at that time to kind of put the show aside just to pursue our own goals.”
That being said, the choice did not come easy, Jill admits. Before Counting On, which premiered five years ago, she starred in 19 Kids and Counting. The TLC series documented Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s and their children from 2008 until it was canceled in 2015.
After spending almost a decade on television, “It was a good decision for us,” Jill says of her and her husband’s departure from Counting On. “It was a really difficult decision, but something that we knew we needed to do for our family.” The two share sons Samuel Scott, 3, and Israel David, 5.
And when it comes to the future, the two have zero plans to return to reality TV.
“We will not go back on the show under the circumstances that we were under at the time that we left,” Derick says. “Meaning just as a family, we have to be able to make decisions that allow us to navigate our lives and have the information and control so that we know whether or not we can even plan anything.”
“Right now we have no plans to join back into the how or anything. We don’t regret leaving the show. We feel like it was the best thing for our family,” Jill adds.
“We have our lives back now,” Derick says.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.