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Daniel Michael Keller (born February 6, 1985) is the third child and first son of Michael Keller and Suzette Keller.

He is the brother of Esther Shrader, Rebekah Hunt, Priscilla Waller, Anna Duggar, Susanna Bridges, Nathan Keller, and David Keller.

He is the ex-husband of Candice Paine and the father of their son, Brighton.

He is the husband of an unknown woman and the step-father of her daughter.

Early life

Daniel Michael Keller was born on February 6, 1985, in Interlachen, Florida, to Michael Keller and Suzette Keller. He was the couple's third child, and they went on to have five more children after him.

Daniel was born with spina bifida.

Along with his siblings, Daniel was homeschooled growing up. He and his siblings were raised as active participants of Bill Gothard's Institute in Basic Life Principles, and regularly attended the yearly Advanced Training Institute conferences in Big Sandy, Texas. He left these teachings as an adult.

His parents were strict growing up, and he and his siblings had weekly scheduled fifteen minute meetings of one-on-one time with their parents.

In 1996, his father made the decision to quit his job and begin working in full-time ministry at a local juvenile detention center. Daniel often accompanied his father on these trips and led Bible studies for incarcerated young women.

Personal life


On October 3, 2008, Daniel married Candice Renée Paine. They got divorced in 2016.

In 2018, Daniel married an unknown woman.


Daniel has 1 child with Candice Paine.

Their only child, son Brighton Gabriel, was born on July 14, 2012. They adopted him shortly after his birth.

Daniel is the step-father of his unknown wife's daughter.



Daniel appeared on the TLC show 19 Kids and Counting as the brother-in-law of Joshua Duggar.


In 2011, it was discovered (via since-deleted Facebook comments) that Daniel had been shunned by his parents, which lasted until 2014. Despite the apparent shunning from the Keller parents, Daniel and Candice were invited to his sister Priscilla's wedding in 2012, which they attended. Both Daniel and Candice were included in the posed family photos at the wedding.

Defense of Anna

After it was discovered in August 2015 that Daniel's sister Anna's husband Joshua Duggar had cheated on her, Daniel took to Facebook to speak out 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."

He continued to interact with commenters, some of whom accused him of being all talk and no action. "Yeah ... 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 with me and pay for her kids. I don't think Josh will see that this is a big deal and be truly broken till that happens. I bet my life on the fact that Josh has not come to true brokenness yet."

He later called out his parents for their response, saying: "Oh, I know. But my parents are preaching stay with him. They're more interested in how their daughter getting a divorce will make them look than 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."

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

Wedding involvement

Daniel was a groomsman at his sister Anna's wedding to Joshua Duggar on September 26, 2008.

He was a groomsman at his brother Nathan's wedding to Nurie Rodrigues on July 25, 2020.

He was a groomsman at his brother David's wedding to Hannah Reber on November 19, 2021.