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For weeks now, talk of Jana Duggar courting Caleb Williams, a longtime friend of her family’s, has been circulating across the Internets.
Erroneous reports of Jana courting seem to surface quite often, but this time, there was real reason to believe these claims had legitimacy.
Not only has Caleb Williams been spending time with Jana, the man also put in one-on-one time with Jim Bob Duggar, her dad.
Any courtship candidates need Jim Bob’s explicit approval – if he doesn’t arrange them personally – so this looked like a key sign.
All the while, both Caleb and Jana downplayed involvement with one another, while not explicitly denying courtship chatter either.
In other words, this rumor had legs.
The oldest Duggar daughter about to turn 28, and we all know Jana likes a rebel, so fans have been quite excited over this.
Are they or aren’t they courting, though? Williams finally spoke out on his Facebook page to clear the air once and for all …
We have good news and bad news, it appears, and whether it’s good or bad largely depends on what you were hoping for here.
The bad news, at least if you were hoping for Jana Duggar to be married off by the end of this spring, is that it’s not happening.
The good news is that if you’re interested in courting her yourself, or weren’t a fan of Williams, well, she’s still very available!
Caleb personally wrote in a Facebook post:
“There has been speculation regarding a relationship between myself and Jana. Now to clear the fog and avoid any confusion …”
“‘Read my lips … I am not dating Jana Duggar.'”
“Over the past several months since an extremely unflattering image was posted by my friends and spread across the world,” he said.
The aforementioned photo of himself, in which Williams was less than fully clothed, spread “faster than a viral cat video,” as he put it.
All of that said, Caleb leaves no wiggle room when he writes that “the extent of our relationship is purely friends and nothing more.”
“Hopefully with this clarification the Internet (as well as the space-time continuum) can heal,” he adds, from this devastating blow.
Or the photo that gave him his 15 minutes, a.k.a. “the day my Gluteus Maximus gave Kim Kardashian a run for her money.”
Caleb, seen above with Jana’s dad Jim Bob at a football game in October, certainly seems like a good dude with a sense of humor.
Not unlike reports that linked Jana to Tim Tebow or Bringing Up Bates star Zach Bates or Jonathan Hartono, it just was not to be.
Described as a “bad boy” and “a lot more liberal than his possible future in-laws,” it’s unclear if he ever considered courting Jana.
Did he want to and get shot down? Did Jana and/or Jim Bob want this and Caleb wasn’t into it? We will likely never know for sure.
All we know for certain is that with her 28th birthday coming up next week, Jana is the last of her of-age sisters to remain single.
Sweet Jana’s single status is perhaps the longest-running topic of debate among card-carrying members of Duggar Nation.
She’s said in the past that she’s been approached by men interested in courting, but has not found the right partner among them.
Yet. Which is completely fair.
If younger siblings Jill, Jessa, Jinger, Joy-Anna and Joseph already have or are about to have kids, it wouldn’t be that notable.
Jana has long been seen as maligned, however, forced by her parents to raise her siblings while unable to pursue her dreams.
When Anna Duggar hopes Jana stays single forever, we know she’s kidding, but at the same time, it kind of hits a nerve.
Whether or not Counting On is renewed or canceled, the Duggars will certainly continue to reach out to their fans when they have happy to news to share. But they’ll also have more somber updates.
Yesterday, the Duggars honored their miscarried daughter, Jubilee.
Fans were quick to point out that, inexplicably, the Duggars appeared to have forgotten one of their children altogether.
In 2011, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar suffered a loss. Michelle experienced a stillbirth.
They gave Jubilee Shalom Duggar a grave marker (we know that this sort of thing is not for everyone; Jamie Otis and Doug Hehner planted a memorial tree, for example — but everybody grieves in their own way).
In addition, the Duggars honor the life that would have been Jubilee’s every year on what they consider to be her birthday — on December the 11th.
“It’s hard to believe Jubilee would have been 6 years old today.”
Anniversaries like that can hit hard.
“Jubilee is our 20th child who was stillborn.”
We get that this is an emotional subject, but that’s a bad sentence. (We all write bad sentences sometimes; to be clear, they’re not saying that Jubilee was their 20th stillbirth, even though that is technically what that sentence states)
“We so look forward to seeing Jubilee in heaven.”
And on that note, they finish their post in a characteristically religious way.
“In the Bible, King David’s baby died and he stated, ‘I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.’ This is our hope of eternal life, if each one of us repents of our sins and put our faith and trust in Jesus.”
Many people take comfort from their faith, but their religious message is not the issue that fans are taking with this particular post by the Duggars.
No, fans are taking issue with how the Duggars seemed to, well, forget something pretty important.
Or someone. The sort of someone whom you would think that the Duggars would have remembered and valued.
Because, well, anyone else remember the story of Caleb Duggar?
Caleb was Michelle’s second pregnancy.
Back in 1989, when Jim Bob and Michelle had only had Josh Duggar and were less extreme in at least some of their views, Michelle had a pregnancy that miscarried.
The couple took the miscarriage as a sign that they should discontinue using birth control.
They’ve said that losing Caleb was what started them down the road that led them to have as many children as they could.
And they say that Jubilee would have been their 20th child, not their 21st.
That doesn’t add up. (Literally)
And people noticed. Hardcore fans noticed.
Sure, a lot of the top comments were from people who have also suffered from miscarriages (it’s sad that so many people share that same painful story).
But plenty of Duggar fans had comments about, well, the Duggars’ math:
“Wouldn’t she have been your 21st child? I thought you all lost one between Josh & John/Jana.”
“Agreed, I mean I’m a fan but they had a child name Caleb between the twins.”
And the Duggars believe that life begins at conception, so … this is puzzling.
Though there’s a chance that the Duggars are no longer counting Caleb because they didn’t actually know what that child’s sex would have been, we have another theory:
Maybe they were trying to keep things simple.
An emotional loss like a miscarriage isn’t going to make them forget a previous one, but maybe they wanted to avoid having to explain why they might call Jubilee their 21st child.
The last thing that you want when talking about one loss is a bunch of questions asking about another.
That’s our guess, anyway. Because as an oversight, not counting Caleb doesn’t make any sense.
For several weeks now, we’ve been hearing rumors that Jana Duggar is being courted by Caleb Williams, a longtime friend of her family’s.
False reports of Jana entering a relationship seem to surface about once a month, but this time, there’s real reason to believe that the claims may be legit.
Not only has Caleb been spending time with Jana, he’s also been putting in one-on-one time with her father, Jim Bob.
Since all courtship candidates need Jim Bob’s approval, many are taking this as a sign that Caleb and Jana are, in fact, in the early stages of a relationship.
An even better indication is the fact that Caleb and Jana are downplaying their involvement with one another, while never explicitly denying that they’re courting.
Unfortunately for the young lovebirds, it’s hard for to keep anything a secret in 2017, especially when your followers are as obsessive as Duggar fans tend to be.
To be fair, Caleb is doing a pretty good job of keeping things on the down-low.
(As an unmarried Duggar woman, Jana’s not allowed to use social media, so she has nothing to worry about.)
But Duggar die-hards are a detail-oriented bunch with a knack for picking up on the smallest of clues.
Take the above photo of a bag of oranges, for example.
Caleb posted it earlier this week, with a caption explaining that he’d simply decided to post “a few candid food photos.”
Seems innocent enough … but his followers quickly put this thing under the microscope, and it seems they’re very pleased with what they’ve found.
“That looks like the Duggars’ house,” one fan commented.
Others echoed the sentiment, because apparently there’s more than one person out there who’s capable of recognizing the Duggars’ countertops.
Caleb hasn’t confirmed that his followers are correct in their assumptions that he’s been hanging out at the Duggar compound.
But this may be one of those instances in which silence speaks volumes.
Williams has also avoided answering fans’ questions about whether or not he spent Thanksgiving with the Duggars.
He was notably not in the family’s holiday photo, but again, it’s a little weird that he’s not talking.
If Caleb was at the compound on Turkey Day but was left out of the photo, then this is pretty much an open-and-case.
The Duggars wouldn’t invite a young, single dude to Thanksgiving dinner unless he was courting one of their daughters.
And they wouldn’t leave a guest out of their big group photo unless they were trying to keep his presence a secret.
Clearly, neither Caleb or Jana will be confirming anything anytime soon.
Fortunately, legions of borderline-stalker Duggar fans are on the case.
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Earlier this month, multiple new Jana Duggar courtship rumors began to make the rounds on social media.
First, fans claimed that Jana was courting Jacob Wilson, but the longtime Duggar family friend quickly took to debunk those reports.
Shortly thereafter, rumors of Jana courting Caleb Williams surfaced online, and they’ve proven a little bit harder to shake.
For reasons that aren’t entirely clear, fans really want to believe that Caleb and Jana are an item.
So naturally, Duggar fanatics have taken a tremendous amount of interest in Caleb’s past, as well as his personal life.
Like Jacob, Caleb is been an associate of the Duggars for quite some time, but little is known about him aside from that.
Fortunately, OK! magazine tracked down a longtime friend of Caleb’s who preferred to remain anonymous, but offered several interesting insights into the character of Jana’s mystery man.
Right off the bat, Caleb’s unidentified pal says the
“As a parent, he may not choose to do the things they chose to do,” the insider says.
That said, the friend believes Jim Bob and Michelle would be cool with Caleb’s differing views on child-rearing, noting that “parenting isn’t a one-size-fits-all deal.”
(Caleb’s buddy should probably read up on Jim Bob’s cconflicts with his current sons-in-law. He’s not as chill as he seems, which is really saying something, as he doesn’t seem chill at all.)
As for Caleb’s past, the tipster says he’s a well-traveled, having been to several countries, and is currently planning to return to college after taking a hiatus for financial reasons.
“Right now, he’s getting some stuff paid off and will hopefully get back to a degree when all that’s finished,” says the source.
According to his Instagram page, Caleb’s current occupation is “business owner,” though he doesn’t go into any detail about the nature of his business.
As for the “rebel” label that seems to be following Caleb around these days, we’re guessing fans mean that he’s a rebel by Duggar standards, because he seems to keep things on the straigh-and-narrow.
“They have similar belief systems, but he’s a bit different in his thinking,” says the insider when asked about ideological differences between Caleb and the Duggars.
“He’s maybe somewhat more liberal.”
Yes, Caleb’s friend went and busted out the L-word.
If you thought Jim Bob gave Jeremy Vuolo a hard time, just wait until Jana brings Caleb around!
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The Browns can celebrate some exciting news.
As has been well documented over the past several weeks, all is not exactly calm and cool between loved ones on Sister Wives.
There has been talk that Kody Brown is either splitting from wife Robyn or wife Meri or even that all four Sister Wives are ready to just up and leave the father of their children.
Ugly rumors have been running rampant, but Maddie Brown and Caleb Brush are here with a bit of exciting news for those who follow this TLC series:
They’re having a baby!
Sorry, you probably knew that already.
Let’s try this again: they’re having a baby BOY!
The couple learned the sex of their impending child during a gender reveal party on Monday and then shared the answer with Us Weekly.
“We are both super excited for our little boy,” Maddie and Caleb have told the tabloid. “Although we had a good hunch that it was a boy, it’s nice to finally know, so we can start preparing!”
According to Us Weekly, the reality stars hosted about 30 close friends and loved ones at Christine Brown’s residence in Las Vegas this week.
The attendees then played a game in which they cut out mustaches or hair bows from paper and actually donned the accessories themselves.
They were also given blue and pink balloons, but only the blue ones could inflate.
Maddie – the daughter of Kody and his second wife, Janelle – is 21 years old.
She made her pregnancy announcement on November 21, sharing an Instagram photo at the time of her husband kissing her baby bump, writing as a caption;
“So happy to announce our little addition!”
The two were married in a beautiful, intimate outdoor ceremony back in June in Montana.
Last month, Maddie posted an image of the expecting parents at Yellowstone National Park.
“Six months being married to you has been more than a fairy tale come true. You truly are my best friend and soul mate! I look forward to the years to come!” she wrote as a caption.
It’s been a turbulent time for the Browns of late.
As those who watch Sister Wives online know very well, Maddie’s half-sister, Mariah, stunned her family by coming out of the closet a couple episodes ago.
She stood in front of her dad and other relatives and announced she is gay.
And while Kody was surprised at the news initially, expressing a few reservations and asking a few questions, he did eventually come around.
“A surprise to me. Required some deep thought,” Kody Tweeted of the reveal on Sunday night, adding over the course of a couple more messages:
“After checking to see if she was sure, I just needed her to know she was safe…
“God has prepared my heart and mind for 15 years. Now @mariahlian can feel safe being openly gay with our family.”
That’s pretty impressive for a Mormon to write.
We’re not judging the religion, we’re just noting that many people who practice is are not accepting of the gay lifestyle, based on how they were raised.
But that’s another story.
For now, let us just say…. congratulations to Maddie and Caleb!