Did ‘Bringing Up Bates’ Family Shun Jill Dillard Over Tell-All Book?

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Did the Bringing Up Bates family shun Jill Dillard over the announcement of her tell-all book? Some fans are beginning to think so, based on their reaction to her news. What did the Bates family do? Keep reading to find out what may be going down between the two families, plus find out what fans have to say about it.

For years, the Duggar and Bates families have been close. Both Gil and Kelly Bates and Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have 19 kids. Plus, they are all involved in the IBLP (Institute in Basic Life Principles). Fans have long wondered if there might be a courtship between the two families in the future.

However, now, it looks like there could be some distance between the Duggars and the Bates.

Bringing Up Bates - Bates family Instagram
Bringing Up Bates – Bates family Instagram

Jill Dillard announces new tell-all book.

As TV Shows Ace reported, Jill Dillard has written a new book, Counting the Cost, which hits shelves in January 2024. She announced it via social media last week. The book discusses her childhood and the secrets behind her family’s TLC shows. Fans expect her to also discuss the IBLP (Institute in Basic Life Principles) as she did in the new docuseries, Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets.

Below, you can check out Jill’s announcement post.


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How did the Bringing Up Bates family react?

At this point, the Bates family members have not said anything publicly about Jill’s new book. On Redditfans are discussing their lack of support for the Duggar daughter. Viewers noticed that several Bates family members took the time to congratulate Jedidiah Duggar on his new baby. Jedidiah and his wife, Katey, announced their daughter’s birth shortly after Jill shared about her book.

Despite being active on social media at the time, the Bates family failed to acknowledge Jill’s book. In addition, Jedidiah publicly shamed his sister, Jill, yet still got support from the Bates kids regarding his daughter’s birth.

The Bates family regularly shares bible verses and religious posts on social media, but they don’t really talk about the IBLP. As of now, Gil is still very involved in the organization, and fans assume some of his kids are still a part of the IBLP. Fans think they might avoid talking about it publicly due to some of the harmful practices being exposed. One Reddit user simply stated, “Because they don’t support Jill… they probably aren’t praying for her. They still believe and support IBLP.” 

It’s possible that the Bringing Up Bates stars messaged Jill Dillard privately, but fans aren’t so hopeful. Some fear the Bates are siding with Jedidiah over Jill. Hopefully, Jill has some support during this time.

Why have Josie, Michaela, & Tiffany been able to congratulate Jed, the Jed who just got done shaming his sister Jill on her book release, & cannot similarly give a post like “praying for you” for Jill? They did for Jinger’s book. Why do they want to cozy up to Jed and those within IBLP?
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So, do you think that the Bringing Up Bates family is shunning Jill Dillard after the announcement of her tell-all book? Or do you think there’s another explanation for their silence? Sound off in the comments section below, and come back to TV Shows Ace for more news about the Duggar and Bates families. Jill’s book hits shelves in January 2024.

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