‘Counting On’: A Childhood Friend of Michelle Duggar’s Said Michelle ‘Never Told Her’ This Secret About Her Past

by Jeremy Spirogis
Michelle Duggar speaks during a panel discussion before promoting the book,

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have been fairly clear about their lives over time. The Counting On mother and father have talked about every little thing from their pre-marriage days to what life’s like now that a lot of their youngsters are grown up, moved out, and married. And they’ve gotten much more candid in just a few of their books.

Michelle’s talked about her consuming dysfunction up to now, too. And it appears one in every of her finest childhood associates didn’t know what Michelle was going by till she learn one in every of Michelle’s books. Here’s what occurred.

Michelle Duggar has opened up about her disordered consuming up to now

Michelle Duggar speaks during a panel discussion before promoting the book, 'A Love That Multiplies'
Michelle Duggar speaks throughout a panel dialogue earlier than selling the e book, ‘A Love That Multiplies’ | Kris Connor/Getty Images

It’s not each day that Michelle opens up about her life earlier than Jim Bob, as she didn’t make choices for herself based mostly on her faith when she was a teen and younger grownup. Now, every little thing’s modified. But Michelle nonetheless provides followers insights into her life and the struggles she grew up with.

“Before I came to know the lord, I had been struggling in my self-worth,” Michelle advised TLC cameras. “Just feeling like I needed to measure up with all my friends around me. And I just really began to have a wrong view of who I was and felt like, you know, I gained weight so easily.”

Michelle then defined she “ended up starting a bad habit of making” herself “get sick after meals. “Especially if I had more food than I felt like I should eat. And it was destructive for my health, my life.”

She’s opened as much as People about this, too. “I found out that genetically I could put on weight easily, but with my activities, gymnastics and cheerleading, it was important for me not to,” she defined. “I would look around and compare myself to my friends, saying, ‘oh my, she’s so small,’ or ‘she has such skinny legs.’”

Michelle’s childhood friend had no concept Michelle was going by this

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While Michelle’s forthcoming along with her struggles now, she wasn’t at all times this manner. In the clip shared by TLC, Michelle’s childhood friend teaches her strikes with dumbbells on the fitness center.

“Michelle and I, in high school, did everything together,” the friend acknowledged. “And I never, ever got the sense that she was insecure, if you will, about her weight.”

The friend then defined that she realized of Michelle’s disordered consuming after being lent one of many Duggar books. “And I was reading it, and, you know, Michelle’s motto has always been, ‘You’ll never go wrong if you humble yourself.’ And I get to this page and it talks about an eating disorder and I cried.”

The friend then famous she referred to as Michelle to ask why she by no means advised her the reality. “Again, Michelle was humble and said, ‘I know. But the reason why I felt like this was important to come forward is if I could help one young person or older person kind of admit where they are in life, with whatever struggle, then it was worth it,’” the friend added.

Michelle leaned on Jim Bob Duggar to get by the arduous instances

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Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar | Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

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While Michelle wasn’t too forthcoming along with her associates, she was very sincere with Jim Bob.

“The freedom came when I talked about it,” Michelle advised People. “I met Jim Bob and he and I were in a dating relationship and I loved this guy and wanted to marry him. We were talking future together and I remember that I felt like I had to tell him everything, everything about myself.”

So, Michelle did simply that. She advised Jim Bob about her previous, and he or she continued to lean on him for help throughout any struggles she handled going ahead.

“That solid accountability with another human being, a deep love and strong focus, was where I found freedom,” she added. “I was willing to be accountable before God and man. But the struggle was still there. That accountability was powerful.”

We’re glad Michelle’s discovered her street to restoration by religion, friendship, and, after all, Jim Bob.

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