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Amy (Duggar) King Speaks Out to ET About Parents' Divorce: 'My Dad Told Me Through a Text on Christmas'

by Sophie Schillaci 1:17 PM PST, December 29, 2015
Playing Amy (Duggar) King Speaks Out to ET About Parents' Divorce: 'My Dad Told Me Through a Text on Christmas'

The Duggars have had a rough year.

After a whirlwind of scandal surrounding the reality TV family, as 2015 comes to a close, the parents of Amy (Duggar) King have filed for divorce, leaving their newlywed daughter "devastated."

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"It has been quite the year to be a Duggar," Amy tells Entertainment Tonight. "The family has gone through a lot of heartache this year, but we will get through it. Right now, I just have to take lessons from all I've gone through this year and focus on my marriage."

The 28-year-old, who tied the knot with Dillon King in a country-chic wedding on Sept. 6, admits that "it really hurts" to see her parents split, though she wasn't entirely shocked.

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"They have had an on/off relationship for a long time. It's sad they can't be a team," she says. "The divorce papers came, and my dad told me through a text on Christmas. I don't think he meant to -- he just didn't know what to do. I was devastated. It hit me so hard."

Regardless, the family tried to make the best of their Christmas. Dillon surprised his wife with a car and a rescue kitten for the holiday, while Amy consoled her mother.

"That Christmas night we had my mom over and just held her," Amy says. "We watched movies together and just had such a special time to make her smile."

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According to court documents obtained by ET, Amy's father, Terry Jordan, filed for divorce on Monday, Dec. 21, in Washington County, Arkansas. The former couple's date of separation is listed as Dec. 20, with Terry claiming that Deanna Duggar has treated him "with such indignities as to render his condition in life intolerable."

"I'm glad I have Dillon to lean on and be my rock," says Amy. "Relationships are fragile. You have to communicate. If you keep everything bottled up, it's all going to crack one day."

Amy had appeared numerous times on her famous family's since-canceled TLC reality series, 19 Kids and Counting. Her mother is Jim Bob Duggar's sister.

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