Josh Duggar celebrates his 34th birthday alone behind bars

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Convicted pedophile Josh Duggar is used to celebrating birthdays with 30 or 40 family members — but this year, the jailbird is turning 34 as a party of one behind bars.

Josh has been detained at the Washington County Detention Center, where he remains in isolation for his own protection, since his December 7 conviction for receiving and possessing child porn.

It is there that the father-of-seven is celebrating his 34th birthday today, sad and alone, according to a family friend.

‘[Josh’s birthday] will be a sad day. Every day is going to be a sad day for him,’ a family friend told Fox News.

Convicted pedophile Josh Duggaris turning 34 as a party of one behind bars today

Convicted pedophile Josh Duggaris turning 34 as a party of one behind bars today

The family friend noted that typical Duggar birthdays are rather large affairs, even when the guest list is kept to just family (Josh pictured at his 31st birthday party)

The family friend noted that typical Duggar birthdays are rather large affairs, even when the guest list is kept to just family (Josh pictured at his 31st birthday party)

Gross: Duggar is alleged to have downloaded child sexual abuse material online back in 2019 on May 14, 15, and 16

With Josh’s seven kids, 18 siblings, 10 siblings-in-law, and 13 nieces and nephews, there’s a big crowd even when only some of the family shows up (pictured at 32nd birthday party) 

The family friend noted that typical Duggar birthdays are rather large affairs, even when the guest list is kept to just family.

With Josh’s seven kids, 18 siblings, 10 siblings-in-law, and 13 nieces and nephews, there’s a big crowd even when only some of the family shows up.

Yet Josh is not only in prison, but also locked away in solitary confinement — a fate assigned to most child abusers in prison, to protect them from other inmates.

‘He has children, a wife, he has a family, and he doesn’t get to see them, so his birthday is going to be tough,’ the friend said. 

‘Every day has got to be tough. That’s going to be part of what he has to go through as he goes through this.’ 

However, the friend insists that Josh — who hid his sick child porn habit from his wife by using a work computer with a secretive partition — is not ‘centered upon himself’ and will be more upset about missing wife Anna’s birthday and the birthdays of their seven kids.

Josh also spent Christmas behind bars, though he would usually attend his parents' large gathering, as he did here in 2020

Josh also spent Christmas behind bars, though he would usually attend his parents’ large gathering, as he did here in 2020

A family friend said Josh is not'centered upon himself' and will be more upset about missing wife Anna's birthday and the birthdays of their seven kids

A family friend said Josh is not ‘centered upon himself’ and will be more upset about missing wife Anna’s birthday and the birthdays of their seven kids

Josh and Anna’s children range in age from 12-year-old daughter Mackynzie to four-month-old Madyson, who was born just weeks before his trial.

‘I wouldn’t say he’d be centered upon himself. He’s going to miss the opportunities to spend with them,’ the friend said.

The source went on to say that Anna ‘loves Josh’ and will stay with him ‘no matter what,’ as they await his sentencing on April 5.

Anna, who had arrived at court with Josh for every day of his trial, recently broke her silence on social media to insist that there is ‘more to the story.’

The family friend said that Josh is ‘staying strong’ and will have to ‘count on his faith.’ 

‘I know the family and their faith is what will get them through anything, period. Even if they don’t like what he did or what he was accused and charged with and found guilty of, they’ll always stay by him,’ they said.

‘It doesn’t mean they think it’s OK, but they’re always going to want him to grow and be able to get through it. They’re never going to abandon him or anybody in that case.’

The source went on to say that Anna'loves Josh' and will stay with him'no matter what.' She attended every day of his trial by his side

The source went on to say that Anna ‘loves Josh’ and will stay with him ‘no matter what.’ She attended every day of his trial by his side 

'I know the family and their faith is what will get them through anything, period. Even if they don't like what he did or what he was accused and charged with and found guilty of, they'll always stay by him,' the source said. Pictured: Josh's parents, Jim Bob and Michelle

‘I know the family and their faith is what will get them through anything, period. Even if they don’t like what he did or what he was accused and charged with and found guilty of, they’ll always stay by him,’ the source said. Pictured: Josh’s parents, Jim Bob and Michelle 

Josh previously spent Christmas alone behind bars as well.

According to The Sun, he spent the holiday all alone in ‘his own small cell … away from other criminals’ and he was served a meal of turkey, carrots, mashed potatoes, a roll with margarine, fortified drink mix, and a spice cake.  

It was the same meal served to other prisoners at the detention center on Saturday, but unlike most of the prison population, he had to eat alone in his cell. 

‘People in solitary do not get to eat with others,’ a prison source said. ‘They get served alone in their cell, but they get the same food everyone else does.’ 

He did, however, get quite a few video calls from Anna, who was not allowed to visit in person due to COVID restrictions for all inmate visitors.   

A video visitation log accessed by Instagram Without a Crystal Ball shows that Anna had up to five video visits a day with Josh after he was taken into custody through December 27. 

The log shows that Anna had at least one video call with Josh on most of those days, maxing out at five on Christmas Eve.

She and Josh had a six minute call on December 12, a 26 minute call on December 13, and a 12 minute call on December 19. 

On February 3, Anna, 33, shared a short message on Twitter and Instagram defending her pedophile husband, writing:'There is more to the story'

On February 3, Anna, 33, shared a short message on Twitter and Instagram defending her pedophile husband, writing: ‘There is more to the story’

Anna has been scheduling multiple video calls a day with her husband, according to a video visitation log

Anna has been scheduling multiple video calls a day with her husband, according to a video visitation log

On Christmas Eve, Josh and Anna had five separate calls, though three were cut off prematurely by low funds and a lost connection. Starting at shortly after 3:30 p.m., the calls ran until nearly 4:45 p.m. and lasted a total of 47 and a half minutes.

Anna also called Josh on Christmas morning at 10:28 a.m. for a nearly 27-minute video call.    

During this time, Anna had kept mum about the verdict, but on February 3, she broke her silence with a single tweet and an identical Instagram post.

‘There is more to the story,’ Anna wrote. 

Though she didn’t elaborate, she included a link to her husband’s motion for acquittal or a new trial. 

Though her sister Priscilla liked the post, not a single member of the Duggar family did.

Many of the Duggars — including Jill and Derick Dillard, Jessa and Ben Seewald, Joy Anna and Austin Forsyth, and Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo — wrote statements following Josh’s conviction in which they expressed approval of the outcome.  

While Anna managed to avoid critical comments on Instagram, they flooded in on Twitter, with users calling her ‘delusional’ and ‘brainwashed.’

Anna reportedly thinks he is innocent and blames his parents for his arrest

Anna reportedly thinks he is innocent and blames his parents for his arrest

Anna had given no indication that she believed the charges against Josh at any point since his arrest in April of 2021.

While awaiting trial this year, Josh had been out on bail, but wasn’t allowed to live at his own home. Instead, he was put on house arrest at the home of family friends LaCount and Maria Reber.

This proved to be no obstacle for Josh and Anna’s marriage, with The Sun reporting in August that Anna had ‘pretty much moved in’ to the Rebers’ one-story house.

According to two sources, she stayed in the ‘mother-in-law suite.’ It was unclear whether Josh was also staying in that room, though the stipulations of his bail did not bar him from sleeping with his wife.  

Though Anna, who was then pregnant with their seventh child, was able to stay there, Josh was barred from staying in the same house as their other six children: Mackynzie Renée, 12, Michael James, 10, Marcus Anthony, eight, Meredith Grace, six, Mason Garrett, four, and Maryella Hope, two.

Faced with the choice to live with her kids or her husband, Anna prioritized her husband, relying on family members to care for their children.   

Anna even moved into the home of the third-party custodians Josh stayed with while out on bail. Their kids, meanwhile, stayed with family

Anna even moved into the home of the third-party custodians Josh stayed with while out on bail. Their kids, meanwhile, stayed with family 

During that time, the insider said Anna believed Josh was innocent, and blamed both Josh’s parents and President Joe Biden for his arrest. 

‘Jim Bob is telling people she is defending Josh and no longer speaking to most of the family,’ a source told The Sun last year.

‘Jim Bob said she blames him and wife Michelle for Josh’s arrest. Anna feels it all stems from how they dealt with his previous molestation scandal after he assaulted his sisters. 

‘She also thinks that this case is a conspiracy theory against her husband set up by the Biden administration,’ the source said. ‘She believes that if Donald Trump was still in power this would not be happening, and refuses to believe he’s done anything wrong.’    

Anna had remained by Josh’s side through past scandals, including when, in 2015, In 2015, an unearthed police report revealed that Josh had sexually abused four of younger siblings, as well as a fifth minor, when he was a teenager.

Months later, he was discovered to have had an account on the adultery website Ashley Madison.

Anna, who married Josh in 2008, has stuck by him through sexually deviant behavior in the past

Anna, who married Josh in 2008, has stuck by him through sexually deviant behavior in the past 

But while Josh sought faith-based treatment, Anna stuck by him. 

‘It was definitely hard, and I think it is such a betrayal for a spouse to go through what we’re walking through,’ she in a 2015 episode of Counting On. ‘It was hard to realize that it was such a public [ordeal].’ 

‘Here we were as a Christian couple, everyone was able to see us get married and vow before God to be loyal to each other, and that loyalty was broken. For my heart it was just like, “How could this happen in our marriage?” Josh is my first love, my one and only,’ she went on.

Despite her heartbreak, she intended to keep her marriage vows. 

‘In my heart, when I got married, I vowed to God first and then to Joshua, “For better or for worse, ’til death do we part.” I pray that through all of this that I would be an extension of God’s love to Joshua, that I would love him and forgive him and wait patiently and allow God to work through our hearts. 

‘My prayer and my heart’s desire is for our marriage to be restored,’ she said. 

Anna was praised by Josh’s family for her steadfastness, with Josh’s younger sister Joy Anna saying, ‘I’m really amazed by the strength that God has given Anna and just how she’s going through all of this and having a good attitude about it all even though it’s so hard and you know it hurts really bad.’ 

'My prayer and my heart's desire is for our marriage to be restored,' she said after his scandals in 2015

‘My prayer and my heart’s desire is for our marriage to be restored,’ she said after his scandals in 2015 

Her own parents, Mike and Suzette Keller, also urged her to stay, telling her ‘divorce is not an option,’ according to People. In fact, Mike reportedly defended Josh by pointing out that King David had an affair with Bathsheba in the Bible.

While some viewers suggested Anna was ‘trapped’ — she has no formal education, no work experience, and several children already by that point — some of her own siblings encouraged her to leave. 

According to People, Anna’s younger sister reportedly texted Anna saying, “Please let me buy you and the kids plane tickets, and you stay with us for a little while,” but Anna refused to take her up on it. 

Her brother Daniel also reportedly offered to help her, and wrote on Facebook at the time: ‘I won’t stop trying to get that pig out of our family,” he wrote on Monday.’

In 2016, Anna wrote about moving forward in a blog post, saying: ‘2015 was the most difficult year of my life. Yet, amazingly I’ve found that in my own life crisis God has drawn near to me (“He’s near to the brokenhearted” Psalms 34:18) and my faith has been more precious to me than ever before.’

For some time after, Anna refrained from posting pictures of Josh on Instagram, but with time, she was back to including him on social media.  

‘Redemption is a beautiful thing!’ she told a fan who commented on Josh’s presence in Instagram photos.    



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