JILL Duggar has hit back at fan speculation that she is not close with her sister Jinger.
The TLC stars’ followers have previously questioned their relationship as Jinger prepares to release a tell-all book about their family.
Jinger, 29, had a busy few weeks before the release of her memoir, Becoming Free Indeed, on Jan. 31.
Last week, the Counting On alum took to Instagram to post a new interview she did with People, and Jill, 31, was the only one of her 18 siblings to leave a comment.
“Proud of you [and Jer as I’m sure you continue to support each other] as you have dealt with so much, I am sure, and yet you have continued to cling to each other and to Jesus! she wrote.
“To walk ‘straight and narrow’ as God leads you is more difficult than to walk completely one way or another!”
However, some fans were left scratching their heads by Jill’s comment.
Many have wondered if the two still have a close relationship given that Jinger now lives in California while Jill is in Oklahoma.
A fan on social media speculated, “I don’t recall Jill and Jinger even interacting much in a positive way on the show. Jill traveled a lot but never visited Jinger in LA.”
Another offered, “I don’t blame Jinger as an adult who now just wants to interact with whatever siblings she wants.”
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But Jill appeared to applaud the estrangement speculation with a new comment left under Jinger’s last post.
The latter was once again promoting her new book and shared a video of herself getting her hair and makeup done for a photo shoot.
“Proud of you sis!” Jill wrote in response, adding a heart emoji.
GROWING UP DUGGAR
Jill and Jinger have distanced themselves from their parents Jim Bob and Michelle in recent years.
The sisters defied their father’s dress code, which prohibits women from wearing short skirts or jeans, on numerous occasions.
Recently, Jill dyed her hair blonde and had a nose ring pierced.
Jinger’s next book should shed new light on the sisters’ “sectarian” upbringing.
Speaking to People, the author said: ‘The teaching I grew up in was harmful, it was damaging and there are lasting effects.
She also revealed that her views on issues such as alcohol and birth control “have definitely changed”.
Jinger now lives in California with her husband Jeremy Vuolo, with whom she shares two children.