Jinger Duggar Vuolo says her childhood was filled with “fear” due in large part to the “cult-like” teachings of the religion she followed.
“I thought I had to wear only skirts and dresses to please God,” the former “19 Kids and Counting” star, 29, told People Wednesday.
“Music with drums, places I went or the wrong friendships could all bring harm.”
Vuolo said she became so scared that she was hesitant leave her home to do non-religious activities like play a sport called broomball.
“I thought I could be killed in a car accident on the way, because I didn’t know if God wanted me to stay home and read my Bible instead,” she said.
Vuolo and the rest of the Duggar family were devout followers of the Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP), a non-denominational Christian organization founded by Bill Gothard, a disgraced minister accused of sexually harassing dozens of women. He has denied the claims.
“[Gothard’s] teachings in a nutshell are based on fear and superstition and leave you in a place where you feel like, ‘I don’t know what God expects of me,’” Vuolo told People. “The fear kept me crippled with anxiety. I was terrified of the outside world.”
The “Counting On” star said Gothard’s teachings were “so harmful” and she now recognizes that it had “cult-like tendencies” with “lasting effects.”
The reality star said she is speaking up because she knows “other people are struggling” and “still stuck.”
Vuolo, who wrote about her experience in her new book “Becoming Free Indeed: My Story of Disentangling Faith From Fear” after leaving the organization in 2017, concluded, “I want to share my story, and maybe it will help even just one person to be freed.”
Vuolo’s father, Jim Bob Duggar, was once listed as a youth minister at IBLP, but after Gothard was exposed, he and his wife, Michelle Duggar issued a joint statement, saying, “We do not agree with everything taught by Dr. Bill Gothard or IBLP, but some of the life-changing Biblical principles we learned through IBLP’s ministry have helped us deepen our personal walks with God.”
They also told NBC News in February 2022, “The public accusations against Dr. Gothard in recent years are troubling and grievous. However, our faith in God is not based on following a fallible human man. … Truth is truth, even if the messenger fails.”
Penelope Disick might be her family’s resident fashion critic.
The 10-year-old daughter of Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick is known for sharing TikToks spotlighting her favorite makeup and style finds on the account she shares with her mom, but her latest post involved her older brother, Mason Disick.
Taking her followers inside her sibling’s cavernous shoe closet, Penelope picked out just a few pairs to rate, including Air Jordan 4 Retros in University Blue ($270) and Nike SB Dunks inspired by rapper MF Doom ($2,150), both of which she called “so cool” and rated an eight and a seven out of 10, respectively.
Mason apparently got his hands on the coveted Travis Scott Jordan 1 Lows ($1,325) before the rapper broke up with his aunt Kylie Jenner. Despite the split, Penelope rated the mocha-colored kicks a 10 out of 10.
However, she couldn’t let the video end without one dig: Her final ranking was her lowest, as she deemed Mason’s Golf Le Fleur Converse ($264) — designed by family friend Tyler, the Creator — “mid,” labeling them a brutal five out of 10.
Perhaps the older brother will turn the tables on P by ranking the tween’s designer duds next.
She’s keeping up with the royals.
Kim Kardashian acquired Princess Diana’s iconic amethyst-and-diamond cross necklace in a Sotheby’s auction for a cool $197,453, Page Six Style confirmed Wednesday.
According to a Sotheby’s press release, four bidders competed for the piece in the last five minutes of the auction house’s annual Royal & Noble sale; it ultimately wound up in the hands of a Kardashian rep “at more than double its pre-auction estimate.”
“We are delighted that this piece has found a new lease of life within the hands of another globally famous name,” Kristian Spofforth, the head of jewelry at Sotheby’s London, shared in a statement.
TMZ was the first to report the sale.
Dubbed the Attallah Cross, the gem-encrusted bauble was famously worn by the late Princess of Wales at a 1987 charity gala in London; she paired it with a matching black-and-purple velvet Catherine Walker dress.
The bling was a bold move on Diana’s part, and she’s believed to have worn the pendant on her own string of pearls.
“The cross-shaped pendant — thought to be a one-off private commission by Garrard for one of their regular clients — is a bold and colorful piece set with square-cut amethysts and accented by circular-cut diamonds,” the Sotheby’s press release states. “The cross has a total diamond weight of approximately 5.25 carats and measures approximately 136 x 95mm.”
The fleurée-style design was created by Garrard (the same jeweler behind Diana’s iconic sapphire engagement ring) in the 1920s.
Naim Attallah CBE purchased the piece in the 1980s, and lent it to Diana several times for events in the years that followed. Per the release, “It is understood that the cross was only ever worn by the princess, and following her death, it was never seen in public again until now.”
“Very few people could carry an unusual piece like this off, but Princess Diana certainly could,” Maxwell Stone of UK-based Steven Stone Jewelers previously told Page Six Style.
“Though amethyst traditionally represents the privilege of royalty, Diana’s choice to wear the pendant with an unusually long chain encapsulates her knack for showcasing her collection of royal jewels in a unique way, unafraid to go against tradition and alter lavish pieces.”
Kardashian, 40, is known for her love of historical fashion. She famously wore Marilyn Monroe’s “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” dress to the 2022 Met Gala.
The so-called “World’s Most Expensive Dress” was debuted by Monroe when she serenaded John F. Kennedy during his 45th birthday celebration at Madison Square Garden in 1962.
She was largely criticized for being allowed to wear the style artifact, though Kardashian claims she didn’t damage the garment and returned the gown in perfect condition; the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum, which loaned her the look, confirmed the dress wasn’t harmed.
Kardashian’s rep did not immediately return Page Six Style’s request for comment on her latest acquisition.
The cast of “The White Lotus” jetted to another Italian city just in time for Fashion Week, with no fewer than five of Season 2’s key players taking in the fall 2023 men’s shows in Milan.
Will Sharpe (who played tech bro Ethan on Mike White’s HBO hit) was perched in the front row at the Emporio Armani presentation on Saturday, clad in raw-edged denim and a checked gray coat in place of his character’s hoodies and workout wear.
At Sunday’s JW Anderson show, Sabrina Impacciatore (whom viewers will remember for her role as uptight hotel manager Valentina) ditched her alter ego’s polished pantsuits in favor of something edgier: a catsuit screened with the image of a tropical sunset, which she paired with dark eye makeup, wet-looking locks and tall leather boots.
She was joined in the front row by Simona Tabasco (who portrayed clever sex worker Lucia), dressed in a glittering off-the-shoulder gunmetal gown accessorized with a two-toned pastel Bumper Bag ($775) and strappy blue sandals from the label.
At Prada, Adam DiMarco (Albie) looked miles more sophisticated than the “nice guy” he played on the series, outfitted in a black-and-white gingham coat layered over a classic turtleneck and trousers from the famed fashion house.
And Theo James (who played toxic financier Cameron on “White Lotus”) popped up at Monday’s Giorgio Armani show, looking sharp in his double-breasted navy suit and unbuttoned dress shirt.
Here’s hoping co-stars Aubrey Plaza, Meghann Fahy, Haley Lu Richardson and — dare to dream! — Jennifer Coolidge hit a few shows together at New York Fashion Week next month.