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.