Duggars bracing for more Josh Duggar bombshells

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As Amy Duggar prepares for her big day on Sunday, the rest of the Duggar family are hoping for a temporary reprieve amid the cheating scandal surrounding Josh.

"Everything with Josh was like a death in the family," a source close to the family tells ET. "They're hoping Amy's wedding can be an escape – a much-needed day of happiness."

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Josh Duggar is expected to miss his cousin Amy's wedding on Sunday in Northwest Arkansas. The embattled 19 Kids and Counting star is currently seeking treatment at Reformers Unanimous in Rockford, Illinois. "That's the way it should be," the source says.

Now, the family is focusing on prayer and healing, but the source tells ET it won't be surprising if it comes out that Josh may have had more mistresses. Recently porn star Danica Dillon sat down exclusively with ET for her first on-camera interview, where she shared explicit new allegations about her alleged sexual encounters with Josh.

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 11: Josh Duggar visits 'Extra' at their New York studios at H&M in Times Square on March 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Extra)
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - FEBRUARY 28: Anna Duggar and Josh Duggar pose during the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort Hotel and Convention Center on February 28, 2015 in National Harbor, Maryland. Conservative activists attended the annual political conference to discuss their agenda. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 11: Hilaria Baldwin (R) interviews Josh Duggar and his daughter during their visit with 'Extra' in Times Square on March 11, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Extra)
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - FEBRUARY 28: Josh Duggar speaks during the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort Hotel and Convention Center on February 28, 2015 in National Harbor, Maryland. Conservative activists attended the annual political conference to discuss their agenda. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - FEBRUARY 28: Anna Duggar and Josh Duggar pose during the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort Hotel and Convention Center on February 28, 2015 in National Harbor, Maryland. Conservative activists attended the annual political conference to discuss their agenda. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
Josh Duggar, executive director of FRC Action, speaks in favor the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
18 of the 19 members of the Duggar family pose for a photo at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport in Highfil, Ark. on Friday, May 9, 2008, after returning from a trip to New York where the announced that they are expecting their 18th child. This weekend, Duggar will join her husband and their 17 children to celebrate Mother's Day with brunch at a hotel in downtown Little Rock. Their youngest child, Jennifer, is 9 months old. Their oldest, Josh, is 20. The Duggar children include 10 boys and seven girls. Within the group are two sets of twins. (AP Photo/Beth Hall)
In this Aug. 2, 2007 file photo, Michelle Duggar, left, is surrounded by her children and husband Jim Bob, second from left, after the birth of her 17th child in Rogers, Ark. Michelle Duggar gave birth to her 18th child, a girl named Jordyn-Grace Makiya Duggar, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008. (AP Photo/ Beth Hall, File)
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - FEBRUARY 28: Anna Duggar and Josh Duggar pose during the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort Hotel and Convention Center on February 28, 2015 in National Harbor, Maryland. Conservative activists attended the annual political conference to discuss their agenda. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 11: Hilaria Baldwin (R) interviews Josh Duggar and his daughter during their visit with 'Extra' in Times Square on March 11, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Extra)
Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, right, puts a cheese head hat on his friend Josh Duggar during their visit to Simon's Specialty Cheese in Appleton, Wis., Monday, April 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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"It's all so sad, and at this point, who knows what else will come to light," the source says.

Last month, Josh released a statement admitting to being unfaithful to his wife Anna after news broke that he reportedly had created two Ashley Madison accounts.

Prior to the cheating scandal, Josh admitted to molesting five young girls – four of whom were his younger sisters – as a teenager.

"The molestations were completely shocking to the extended family," the source tells ET. "And it really seems like Josh preyed on the girls that were quiet – girls who he maybe didn't think would know what he was doing was wrong."

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Josh and Anna have been married since September 2008, and have four children together: Mackynzie, 5, Michael, 4, Marcus, 2, and Meredith, who was born in July. While Josh is expected to stay in Illinois, the family is anticipating that his wife Anna will make an appearance for Amy's nuptials to Dillon King.

"What Anna is going through is unimaginable. The goal is that everyone enjoys the day," the source says. "She really wants this day to be about love and the future. No one is quite sure how Anna will be or how long she'll stay but this day is about support and positivity."

Josh's parents Jim Bob and Michelle have also had trouble coming to terms with the scandals.

"Jim Bob and Michelle are the people they appear to be on TV – they are good people and will be there to support Amy," another source close to the family tells ET. "But they are staying quiet with even closest family right now. Everyone has just told Jim Bob and Michelle they are praying for them."

"Jim Bob and Michelle will get through this, but they clearly need time," the source adds.

Amy is itching to take on Dillon's last name, not just out of the excitement that comes with getting married but also to distance herself from the Duggars' scandals. In fact, her Instagram profile reads, "I won't be Duggar much longer! Just a normal girl with a not so normal life!"

Not only is she a non-traditional Duggar, but the 28-year-old aspiring country singer is also a non-traditional bride. Amy and Dillon's nuptials will not feature flower girls, and there will be a DJ and dancing, as well as a bar that will be stocked with alcohol – something seldom seen at a Duggar event.

In addition, the bride is planning on having a cake and dessert table at the venue, which will be decorated in her chosen colors of rose, gold and navy as well as sparkles, glitter and candles.

Reporting by Lauren Zima


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