Tyler Duggar: What happened to Jim Bob and Michelle’s adopted son?

His name may not start with a “J,” but there was a time when a boy named Tyler Duggar was truly part of Jim Bob and Michelle’s massive offspring.

Tyler, as you may recall, is the biological son of Michelle’s troubled niece, Rachel Hutchins.

He was taken into the care of the family in 2016 amid mounting legal troubles, drug addiction and his mother’s misfortunes.

Despite fan speculation to the contrary, it doesn’t appear that Tyler was ever officially adopted by the Duggars.

Tyler Duggar on Count On

The family’s website refers to him as Jim Bob and Michelle’s “great-nephew”.

But Jim Bob and Michelle seem to consider Tyler one of their sons.

And insiders say that while he may not make many appearances on the family’s social media pages, he still lives in the compound and considers Jim Bob and Michelle his parents.

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar on camera
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar seem like terrible parents. Seriously, just the worst… you know? (Photo via CCM)

In fact, the couple often refer to their marital status as “20 kids and counting” – although they could probably drop the “counting” part at this point, as we’re pretty sure Michelle is done making babies. .

Interestingly, Tyler’s informal adoption came shortly after Michelle gave birth for the 20th time.

Unfortunately, the baby, whom the Duggars named Jubilee, was stillborn.

Jim Bob Duggar and Michelle on Instagram
Jim Bob Duggar and Michelle have been married for 35 years. They seem quite happy together. (Photo via Instagram)

It was the event that apparently led Jim Bob and Michelle to give up on expanding their family further.

But a few years later, Tyler unexpectedly came into their lives.

The couple took legal custody of the boy in 2016, when he was just eight years old.

Tyler (Duggar Family)
In 2016, the Duggars recently adopted a boy named Tyler. He’s there! (Photo via Instagram)

These days, Tyler is 14, but it seems like he’s wisely decided to stay out of the spotlight.

After all, the Duggars’ reality shows have been canceled, which means there’s no financial reason for Tyler to live his life on camera.

And since he still uses the Hutchins surname, he’s one of the only Duggars who can effectively distance himself from the family’s recent scandals.

Josh Duggar in jail, where he belongs. (Picture via NBC)

As you’ve probably heard, Josh Duggar was convicted of child pornography last year.

He is currently serving a 151-month sentence in federal prison in Texas.

With the end of the family media empire and their last name essentially synonymous with “the devil”, most of the Duggar boys and men have no choice but to work for Jim Bob in one of his many failing companies.

But not Tyler.

Tyler Duggar was adopted by Jim Bob and Michelle in 2016. But what has become of him since? (Photo via Instagram)

Unlike Jim Bob and Michelle’s other kids, Tyler was never forced to act out fake scripts on the family’s reality shows.

In fact, many Duggar fans probably don’t even know he exists.

Those circumstances were probably painful when Tyler was younger, but these days he’s enjoying the last laugh:

Tyler Duggar
Tyler, the son of Michelle’s niece, Rachel Hutchins, is an official member of the Duggar family. (Photo via Instagram)

From the moment he turns 18, Tyler is free to enter the world without anyone knowing he was ever a Duggar!

With any luck, he’ll be able to shake off all the nonsense he’s been indoctrinated with during his years in the compound!

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