JINGER Duggar has come clean about various lifestyle changes as he embraces some of his parents’ forbidden activities in his new life.
The go-to star has opted for a more modern Christianity, moving away from the traditionalist beliefs of his father Jim Bob and mother Michelle.
Ginger, now 29, has admitted that she’s changed her mind about alcohol and birth control, two highly controversial topics in her parents’ church.
In an interview with People, the reality star explained:
“And Jesus made wine at the wedding. But he says that drunkenness is bad and harmful to so many people. I understand that balance.
“I personally don’t drink, but I have no problem with other Christians. They are free to drink if they want.”
Ginger then spoke about her beliefs about contraception, a notion formally rejected by her fundamentalist family.
“And contraception, something I always thought was completely wrong, doesn’t seem that way anymore.
“Yeah, I definitely changed,” she claimed.
In a scathing new interview with Ginger, she decried her “cult-like” upbringing with her parents, Jim Bob and Michelle.
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The Counting On alum said she suffered from “crippling anxiety” due to a “harmful” and “harmful” childhood.
In a chat with PEOPLE magazine, Ginger opened up about growing up in a strictly religious household.
The TLC alum and her 18 siblings were raised to follow the Institute for Basic Life Principles, a Christian organization founded in 1961 by the disgraced Reverend Bill Gossard.
It teaches women to be obedient to their husbands, cover their bodies, and focus on having children.
The Duggars attempt to implement a conservative dress code, discourage the use of birth control, and encourage the use of parental chaperones during premarital dating.
The children were homeschooled and grew up with limited access to entertainment and television.
“Fear was a big part of my childhood,” Ginger said.
“I thought all I had to do to please God was wear a skirt and a dress. Music with drums, places I’ve been, and bad friendships can all hurt.”
She continued: “[Bill’s] In a nutshell, the teachings are based on fear and superstition, leaving you in a place where you feel like you don’t know what God expects of you.
“Fear made me insecure and crippled. I was terrified of the outside world.”
Ginger left IBLP in 2017, comparing the organization to a “cult.”
“There’s a lot of cult-like tendencies,” said the 19 Kids & Counting alum.
“The teachings I grew up with are harmful, harmful, and have lasting effects.
“I know others are struggling, some are still stuck.”
Ginger’s interview came after she wrote a book, Becoming Free Indeed, detailing how she “became questioning the unhealthy ideologies of her youth.”
The reality star has dropped out of IBLP, but her parents, Jim Bob and Michelle, speak at IBLP seminars and continue to follow its teachings.
Founder Bill, 88, led the church until 2014, when more than 30 women accused him of sexual harassment and abuse over the decades.
Ginger and husband Jeremy Vuolo have distanced themselves from the Duggars in recent years.
The couple left their family estate in Arkansas and moved to Los Angeles, where they live with their two children, Felicity, who is four, and Evie, who is two.
Ginger often flouts her family’s conservative dress code by wearing tight pants and showing her legs and shoulders.