Topics: Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard announce birth of son.

Derick Dillard’s first girlfriend wasn’t now-wife Jill Dillard. The “Jill & Jessa: Counting On” star admits to having had previous relationships in a new excerpt from the family’s book “Growing Up Duggar.”

According to the Duggar Family Blog , Derick discusses his past romances in one of several new additions to the Simon & Schuster title. “I had had a couple of girlfriends before meeting Jill,” Derick, 27, writes. The father of one adds that having chaperones on his dates with Jill, a method frequently used by the religious family while courting, was new to him, but he was accepting of the change. “Just because I had handled relationships one way in the past didn’t mean I couldn’t do it differently going forward,” he wrote.

Derick’s courtship with Jill, now 25, was a big storyline on “19 Kids and Counting.” The now defunct TLC series followed Jill as she traveled to Nepal to meet Derick for the first time in November 2013. While overseas, Derick asked Jill’s father, Jim Bob Duggar, for permission to officially court Jill and he agreed. In April 2014, Derick proposed marriage and they married two months later. The couple now lives with their 1-year-old son Israel David in Central America on an extended mission trip.

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