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Daniel M. Keller is the son of Mike and Suzette Keller. He is the younger brother of Esther Shrader and Rebekah Hunt and the older brother of Nathan and David Keller, Priscilla Waller, Anna Duggar, and Susanna Bridges. He is the father of Brighton Keller.


Early Life

Daniel with his family in 1988

Daniel Michael Keller was born on February 6, 1984, to Mike Keller and Suzette Stembridge. He was the couple's third child, and they went on to have five more children after him.

Daniel and his siblings were homeschooled growing up, following the teachings of Bill Gothard's Institute in Basic Life Principles, which he has left as an adult. They were raised with strict rules, including weekly 15 minute meetings for one-on-one time with their parents.[1]

Family

Daniel and Candice

Marriage

Daniel married Candice Renee on October 3, 2008.

The two divorced some time in 2016 for unknown reasons.[2]

He is now remarried to an unknown woman.[3]

Fatherhood

Daniel and Candice adopted a son, Brighton Gabriel Keller, when he was born on July 14, 2012. He was reportedly born 6 weeks early, weighing 3 pounds and 12 ounces.[4]

Shunned by His Parent

In 2011, it was discovered (via since-deleted Facebook comments) that Daniel had been shunned by his parents[5], which lasted until 2014.[6][7][8] Despite the apparent shunning from the Keller parents, Daniel and Candice were invited to Priscilla Keller's wedding, which they attended. Both Daniel and Candice were included in the posed family photos at the wedding.[9]

Defense of Anna Duggar

Josh and Anna Duggar in 2014

After it was discovered in the summer of 2015 that Daniel's sister Anna's husband Josh Duggar had cheated on her, Daniel took to Facebook to speak against his brother-in-law. After Josh's sister Jessa Seewald posted a photo of a biblical passage about confessing your sins on her Facebook page, Daniel commented saying "There's a difference between between confessing and getting caught."[10]

The photo posted by Jessa Seewald that elicited a strong response from Daniel

He continued to interact with commenters, some of whom accused him of being all talk and no action. "Yeah bitch I did [reach out to Anna]," he said in one comment. "I have been thinking of her and sick to my stomach for her for the last few days. Why, you got another bible verse to beat over my head? I have told her I would pay for her to move out here w me and pay for her kidz. I don't think josh will see that this is a big deal and be truly broken till that happens. I beat my life on the fact that josh has not come to true brokenness yet."[10]

He later called out his parents for their response, saying "Oh, I know. But my parents are preaching stay w him. There more interested in how there daughter getting a divorce will make then look then they are in trying to truly get josh some help and getting Anna and the kids out of there till he has gotten that help."[10]

Despite Daniel's concern for his sister, she did not leave her husband.

Wedding Involvement

  • groomsman: his sister Anna Keller's wedding to Joshua Duggar (9/26/08)
  • groomsman: his brother David Keller's wedding to Hannah Reber (11/19/21)

References

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