Jinger Duggar Vuolo on Feeling ‘Strong Enough’ to Speak on Her Experiences: ‘Grateful’ for the ‘Freedom’
Jinger (Duggar) Vuolo is still determining her own course of action.
Shiny Happy People, a four-episode limited series, was unveiled by Prime Video: Under the Institute for Basic Life Principles, Duggar Family Secrets will air on Friday in an effort to shed light on the numerous scandals that the Duggar family has been involved in as well as their radical religious beliefs. In addition, despite the fact that Vuolo’s cousin Amy (Duggar) King and sister Jill (Duggar) Dillard are among the selected members of the Duggar family to appear in the series, the author of Becoming Free Indeed has evidently decided not to do so.
“I was actually approached and asked to participate in the docuseries, but I thought that from my perspective, I really wanted to make sure that I was able to share my story in my own words and in my own timing,” Vuolo, 29, exclusively. “So that’s why I wrote Becoming Free Indeed, was to share more of my journey out of IBLP’s teachings. I wanted to be able to share it in a way that was, like, God-honoring and hopefully sharing my story in a balanced way.”
Vuolo says she “had heard a little bit” about Shiny Happy People from Jill, 32. And while Jinger prefers to “be able to share my story from my perspective,” she is also aware that Jill “has her voice” as well.
Vuolo says she wanted to find the “best form” to communicate to those who needed to hear it. “The reason I decided to write Becoming Free Indeed in a book form was because I thought, ‘I want this to be my story in a book form because then whenever people are trying to work through this stuff, they can go back and highlight,’ and [go], ‘Oh, she was struggling with this too. This is how Jinger kind of walked through it,'” she explains.The former reality star acknowledged that while she didn’t do everything “perfectly,” she has no regrets about the method she’s chosen to take back her freedom.
“I am just so grateful every day for just the freedom that I’ve found,” she says. “I think the freedom being one that I’ve said over and over, though, but it really is not this freedom from I’m going to throw off all of my religion in my relationship with Jesus. But I still hold that as what is most important to me, and that’s what I value the most.”
“My life today, though, does look different because a lot of people would look at it and say, ‘Man, you are not holding to these outward things that people could gauge your Christianity on,'” she continues. “So I’m not going to wear skirts only anymore. And there are those different things that even as we have two young girls that we’re raising, our daughters, their lives will probably look different than mine.”