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Josiah Duggar: Courting Lauren Swanson!

Another Duggar is headed for the altar!

Sources close to the family have confirmed that Josiah Duggar is courting Lauren Swanson, a longtime family friend.

The Duggars have yet to officially announce the courtship, but insiders say there’s no mistaking the fact that Josiah and Lauren are an item.

Swanson joined the Duggars on their current trip to Australia, which is already an indication that she’s more than just a family friend.

Further driving the point home is the fact that Lauren is being treated like a guest of honor, joining the Duggars on stage for their public appearances, and conspicuously being seated next to Josiah.

Witnesses say Lauren is already greeting fans and signing autographs as though she’s one of the family.

While Duggar courtship rumors are certainly nothing new, Josiah’s situation is unique from those of his siblings.

Josiah courted Marjorie Jackson in 2015, and the two of them called it quits not long after announcing their relationship.

That makes him the only member of his immediate family to be involved in an unsuccessful courtship.

The cause of Josiah and Marjorie’s split remains a mystery, and some Duggar fans continue to obsess over what exactly went wrong.

“Marjorie and I had a good time together,” Josiah revealed to People magazine in 2016.

“We were just trying to follow God’s lead on everything. She didn’t feel that it was the right timing then, so we called it quits for a bit.”

The relationship ended abruptly, and seemingly not on good terms.

The family never announced the breakup, and Duggar fans simply pieced it together when Josiah deleted all photos of Marjorie from his Instagram page.

At one point, it was rumored that Marjorie was planning to write a tell-all exposing some of the Duggars’ darkest secrets, but the book never materialized.

Little is known about Lauren, but it’s assumed that, like Marjorie, she’s a particularly pious member of the Duggars’ congregation.

Those who know the Duggars best say they expect a formal courtship announcement will be made upon the family’s return to the States.

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Jill Duggar: Slammed By Fans For ANOTHER Parenting Fail!

Jill Duggar just can’t seem to catch a break these days.

As if it’s not bad enough that her husband, Derick Dillard, has been fired by TLC after bullying a transgender teen on Twitter, now it looks like Jill might soon be jobless as well.

Yes, Derick says his wife will be joining him in stepping away from the spotlight, and while that might mean thigs are soon to get a little leaner around the Dillard household, there may be some benefits to the new arrangement.

For instance, perhaps Jill’s parenting won’t be subject to quite as much scrutiny now that her family is no longer on TV.

Ha! Just kidding! As long as she continues posting on Instagram, new Jill Duggar parenting controversy will continue to pop up at the rate of about one per week.

The latest might not be as scandalous as the time Jill put a tortilla on her son’s head, but it’s still got Duggar obsessives all worked up.

A photo from Thanksgiving has once again caught the attention of the internet’s finest mommy-shamers, and once again they’re filled with seething rage.

Yes, for reasons that aren’t entirely clear, the issue of Jill putting her kid on the floor is once again being raised.

Some fans seem to not realize the pic is several months old.

Others are just leaping at the chance to once again look down their nose at Jill.

In both cases, the argument remains pretty much the same:

Jill is terrible for leaving her kid on the floor while the rest of the family eats dinner.

It’s a bit of reach, considering we know nothing about the context of the pic, but that hasn’t stopped fans from really going off on the mother of two.

“Jill enjoys procreating, but once the baby is born, she’s not interested in the least in the actual parenting,” one person wrote on Facebook over the weekend.

“How about a carrier or swing — something besides the dirty floor? I would have never done that to either of my children.”

Is the floor actually dirty? Who knows.

Does it matter? Obviously not.

Look, we’re not ones to jump to the Duggars’s defense, but it does seem like Jill’s not really getting a fair shake here.

And it’s important to save your outrage, because we’re really due for a legitimate Duggar scandal any day now.

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Jim Bob Duggar: I Can’t Believe Jana Is Still Single!

Last week, Jana Duggar celebrated her birthday.

Along with her twin brother, John David, Jana turned 28–not a milestone age, but a very big deal to Duggar fans, nonetheless.

Unfortunately for Jana, her birthday is a subject of fascination for reasons that aren’t entirely celebratory,

Jana is still single, which is a fact that seems to astonish many fans of her famous family.

John David is unattached as well, but as a man, his love life–or lack thereof–is not as heavily scrutinized.

Women in the Duggar family are taught from a young age that procreation is their primary reason for being.

Several of Jana’s younger sisters have already married and started families of their own, which is one of the reasons that fans are baffled by the fact that Jana remains childless.

It’s an unexpected situation, to be sure, and while there are many rumored reasons circulating around social media, it seems Jim Bob is just as baffled as anyone else when it comes to why Jana is still single.

Over the weekend, Jim Bob appeared at an event organized by the Institute for Basic Life Principles in Kilsyth South Baptist Church in Kilsyth South, Victoria.

Amateur video from the event shows the Duggar patriarch uncomfortably joking about Jana’s refusal to marry.

“And Jana is–actually, back in the U.S., it’s her birthday,” Jim Bob says in video of the speech.

“Jana is 28-years-old and still single, so she’s still praying about the one.”

On Reddit, most Duggar fans were quick to defend Jim Bob’s sense of humor.

“I wasn’t there but I assumed it was just a dad joke. He makes a lot of them especially on the old episodes of the original show,” commented one user.

“Women have a biological clock. Men generally don’t. It’s more notable for a woman to be single and childless after a certain age. This is not unique to the Duggars,” wrote another.

At least one fan, however, was quick to point out the insensitivity of Jim Bob’s remarks:

“What I do wonder is–what’s Jim Bob’s angle with that joke? Is it just a standard-issue dorky dad joke that he’s too oblivious to realize could be seen as hurtful?” the Redditor wrote.

“Does he know it’s a sensitive subject, so he’s trying to diffuse it with humor? Is ol’ JB a little salty that lovely, talented Jana isn’t playing along with the real Duggar family business: marrying off its children for profit?”

We may never know just what’s going on in Jim Bob’s head–and that’s probably a good thing.

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Jana Duggar Courtship Rumors: A Comprehensive List

Today marks the 28th birthday of twins Jana and John David Duggar.

Of course, in a rare reversal for the family, it's the male who's being pushed to the margins, and the female who's getting all the attention.

But don't worry, the reasons for that are completely sexist, in keeping with the Duggars' reputation.

You see, Jana is still single.

This is almost unheard of for a family in which girls are taught from a young age that procreation is their sole reason for being.

So with every birthday, the moaning and hand-wringing from the Duggar faithful becomes more intense, as does the need to believe that Jana is in a secret courtship that will soon bear fruit … and by "fruit," of course, we mean children.

Here's a complete list of all the men Jana has been erroneously linked to over the years.

1. Single Cinderella

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Dubbed the “Cinderella Duggar” due to the number of household chores she performs, Jana stayed at home to help care for her siblings as her brothers and sisters flew the coop to start families of their own.

2. Pushed Out of the Nest?

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Sources close to the family say that from the time she was of child-bearing age, Jana’s family has been attempting to marry her off to any available man who crosses her path. So we guess this marks her tenth anniversary of being creepily objectified by her own parents!

3. Or Shackled to the Compound?

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Of course, there are those who claim the opposite–that Jana has been forced to remain at home to help care for her siblings. Frankly, we’d believe either terrible rumor!

4. Either Way…

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…the rumors keep flying, and they probably won’t let up until Jana either gets married or releases a statement proclaiming that she plans to remain single for the rest of her life.

5. The Pressure Increases

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The public pressure on Jana to hurry up and start breeding has only gotten more intense as her sisters have married and started families of their own. At this point, five of Jana’s younger siblings have married and have either had children or are currently expecting.

6. Who Are the Suitors?

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The list of Jana’s potential suitors runs the gamut from longtime family friends to famously pious NFL stars. And curiously, she’s mostly kept mum about the rumors…

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Jessa Duggar: Pregnant With Third Baby?!

2018 has already seen some legitimate Duggar baby news, as the family announced that Jinger is expecting her first child.

But that’s simply not enough for fans of the family, who apparently expect a new pregnancy every week.

Frankly, at the rate this family spawns, we don’t blame them.

Jessa Duggar is the latest to be subjected to an intense baby bump watch.

The speculation is based entirely on the placement of Ben Seewald’s hand in the photo above, which was posted on Facebook recently alongside the family’s congratulatory message to Jinger.

“Jessa looks pregnant and her husband is touching her belly,” one fan wrote, with all the apparent confidence of a detective laying out the evidence in a murder mystery. 

Not surprisingly, other Duggar obsessives took that ball and ran with it:

“So when will Jessa be making her announcement too?” wrote one fan.

“She totally looks preggers too,” commented another.

Another dispensed with the speculation and simply demanded confirmation, writing:

“Waiting for Jessa’s announcement!”

To be fair, Jessa and her husband, Ben Seewald, have been speaking publicly about the possibility of expanding their family.

But it seems they’re leaning toward adopting their third child.

“It will be a little while since we just had a baby, but adopting and fostering to adopt is very much in our hearts,” Jessa said in a recent interview.

But Duggar fans shouldn’t let comments like that put an end to the pregnancy speculation.

After all, maybe … um, Jessa is so stressed out by the adoption process that she’s been bingeing on Chick-Fil-A, and Ben’s hand placement is just a sign of sympathy for her impending gastrointestinal distress.

Yeah, that must be it.

We kid, but of course, it is entirely possible that Jessa is pregnant with her third child.

Still, we can’t help but laugh at the fact that with three kids currently on the way (Joy-Anna is expecting, and Kendra Caldwell is currently pregnant with Joseph Duggar’s baby.), Duggar fans are still seeking out unreported bumps.

There may come a time when every married Duggar woman is expecting, at which point, fans desperate for pregnancy rumors will have to return to scrutinizing the midsection of grandmother Michelle.

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Jill Duggar Stuns Fans, Wears PANTS to Speak at School!

Back in July of 2017, Jinger Duggar stunned fans of her family by wearing pants in an Instagram photo.

Up to that point, Duggar women of Jinger’s generation had exclusively worn long skirts, and the pants pic was widely viewed as an act of defiance.

To the chagrin of Jim Bob and the utter joy of many Duggar fans, Jinger sparked a rebellion–and started a trend.

Not long after her sister posted the photo, Jill Duggar began wearing pants, and once again, fans rejoiced.

Jill was the first of her sisters to marry and have kids of her own.

She’s often regarded as the spitting image of her mother, a doting wife and dedicated stay-at-home mom who lives to cater to her family’s needs and obey her husband.

So when Jill tossed the family dress code in the trash, it served as an indication that the new rules are here to stay.

And a new photo of the 26-year-old that appeared on her husband’s Instagram page this week might send the strongest message yet:

Derick Dillard posted the above photo, along with a caption reading:

“My beautiful wife speaking to a group of young ladies at a school today about God-centered relationships!”

Jill has been wearing pants in public for several months, but the fact that she neglected her family’s well-known dress code in an environment such as a school speaking engagement is being viewed by many as a bold rejection of her strict upbringing.

As In Touch Weekly points out, the response from fans has been ecstatically supportive.

“Yesss with the pants free the legs ladies!” commented one fan.

“Omgggggggg I am deceased. It’s not even a super long shirt!!!” wrote another.

“They have finally realized they can have their own freedoms. You can be modest and still wear pants. Clearly shown,” said a third Instagram follower. 

Jill and her sisters are still stuck in a bygone era in the sense that they strictly adhere to rules set by their husbands, but fortunately, the new men in their lives are far more lenient than their father.

Derick might not be as progressive as Jinger’s husband, Jeremy Vuolo, but it seems he’s come around to the idea that there’s nothing blasphemous about a pair of pants.

It’s a minor step forward, but it represents a whole new world of freedom for the Duggar women.

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Anna Duggar Returns to Twitter, Gets Roasted By Fans

Anna Duggar is something of a controversial figure.

Some view her as one of the many victims of her husband, while others believe her to be complicit in the Josh Duggar sex scandals.

Whatever your personal take on Josh’s controversial wife, it’s not hard to see why she’s mostly decided to avoid social media in recent years.

And it’s also not hard to see why her recent return to Twitter resulted in an avalanche of criticism.

The mother of five returned to the social media platform with belated holiday wishes and a photo of her ever-expanding family.

“Merry CHRISTmas!” she captioned the photo, not so subtly reminding her followers that she’s all about JC.

Needless to say, the pious greeting coupled with a photo of a known child molester didn’t sit well with many Twitter users.

And some of them were quite vocal in their criticism of Anna.

“How can you all proclaim to be followers of Christ yet turn a blind eye to Josh’s horrific Child molestation?” one follower posted.

“I never even heard him apologize,” she added, which is a fair point.

For all the apologies that heve been issued on his behalf, for all the excuses and equivocations and tearful pleas for unserstanding, we’ve never once heard Josh actually admit to any wrong doing and simply apologize.

Some say Anna is putting her children in harm’s way by not leaving Josh and demanding full custody.

Others, however, believe she’s one of her husband’s many victims, and may feel that she has no choice but to stay with him.

As you may, recall in the months after the world learned that Josh molested five young girls, it was revealed that he had gone to great lengths to try and cheat on Anna 

It was only then that Josh checked into rehab for sex addiction treatment, a move that led many to believe the Duggars take marital infidelity more seriously than child molestation.

Shortly after he returned home, it was revealed that Josh and Anna were expecting a fifth child, and many further criticized the long-suffering mother and wife for bringing another kid into a dangerous situation.

Obviously, the situation is complex, and it’s entirely possible that Anna is both victim and accomplice.

Whatever the case, it seems she won’t be receiving the warm welcome she used to enjoy on Twitter anytime soon.

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Joy-Anna Duggar Comes Clean About Due Date, Shotgun Wedding Rumors

For months now, the biggest story surrounding the Duggar clan has had to do with Joy-Anna Duggar’s pregnancy and rumors that the family is misleading fans with regard to her due date.

Reports of Joy-Anna’s “shotgun wedding” have been circulating non-stop, and to be fair, there’s a good deal of evidence to support the theory that she secretly got pregnant prior to marrying Austin Forsyth.

And the proof just keeps piling up.

Joy-Anna and Austin have admitted to breaking the “courtship rules” that her family holds dear and they rather suspiciously moved their wedding date up by several months without any explanation.

Just last week, Joy further raised eyebrows when she commented on the news that Jinger Duggar is expecting her first child.

The 20-year-old remarked that Jinger would be giving birth just six months after her, which, as many fans pointed out, doesn’t quite match up with the timeline offered by the Duggars.

The family claims Joy got pregnant on her honeymoon, which began on May 26.

If that were true, her due date would be sometime at the end of February or the beginning of March.

Earlier this week, Joy and Austin made an online baby shower registry, in which they revealed that her due date is February 22, 2018.

The revelation has Duggar fans split, with some claiming it’s evidence that Joy got pregnant before her due date, and others claiming the exact opposite.

While it’s true that Joy’s due date is less than nine months after her wedding, the news puts to rest the rumor that Joy got pregnant in March, thus prompting the rescheduling of her nuptials.

Skeptics point out that even if Joy got pregnant on her wedding night, her due date would likely be later than February 22.

Obviously, the matter is far from resolved, and it probably won’t be completely settled even after Joy gives birth.

If Joy delivers before her due date, then the nay-sayers will insist its solid evidence that she’s lying about her conception date.

Duggar loyalists will point out that every pregnancy is different, and babies arrive well ahead of schedule every day.

Either way, it’s one more controversy for a family that’s known little else in recent years.

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Duggar Family: LYING About Counting On Coming Back?!

We’re only a few days into 2018, but it’s already been a hectic year for the Duggar family.

Things got off to a promising start with the announcement that Jinger Duggar is expecting her first child.

It wasn’t long, however, before the Duggars were facing down yet another scandal, this one having to do with their beloved TLC reality show, Counting On.

For the past several months, reports that Counting On would be canceled by the network have been circulating non-stop on social media.

Some insiders have blamed declining ratings.

Others have insisted that the show was canceled because of Derick Dillard and his transphobic tweets.

Whatever the reason, there was a time when it seemed apparent that the Duggars would not be returning TLC.

The time when a new season should have been announced came and went without any official word from the family or the network.

Just as fans were beginning to give up hope, however, Jana and Joy-Anna Duggar were spotted filming at a beauty salon near their hometown of Tontitown, Arkansas.

Sure enough, shortly thereafter, the Duggars official fan blog–operated by two close family friends–announced that Counting On will be returning to television on February 26.

Fans rejoiced, but it now looks as though their celebrations may have been premature.

Thus far, the blog post from the Duggars’ friends is the only “official” mention of the show’s return.

There’s been no advertising, no word from TLC, not even any social media posts from the Duggars themselves on the subject.

Needless to say, it’s a bit odd that with just weeks remaining until the premiere date, there hasn’t been so much as a teaser trailer from TLC.

And that’s not the only reason to belive fans may have been misled:

As several fan sites have pointed out, the camera crew filming Jana and Joy-Anna is the only production staff that’s been spotted in Tontitown.

With a population of less than 2,500, not much occurs in the town without the knowledge of its residents.

Locals say the whole county usually knows when the Duggars filming, but this time around, they’ve spotted just one relatively small procuction crew.

The odd situation has resulted in a number of fan theories:

Some believe that the Duggars are misleading fans, hence why an announcement was made with the family’s approval, but not by any of the actual family members, thus allowing them to back away from the statement if it proves inaccurate.

Others suspect the Duggars are transitioning toward a self-produced web series, which would explain the lack of promotional material and reduced production staff.

Still others think that TLC has simply cut production costs in response to lower ratings, which has resulted in a smaller production staff, a reduced number of episodes, and limited marketing.

Whatever the case, it seems that there have been some considerable changes in the relationship between the Duggars and the network that made them famous.

And we’re guessing that one way or another, those changes will be readily apparent come February 26.

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Jill Duggar: Son’s Secret Medical Crisis Revealed!

Jill Duggar has been a reality TV star since childhood.

As such, she’s accustomed to sharing just about everything with her family’s massive fan base.

But there are some things that even Jill would prefer to keep private.

When Jill welcomed her second child back in July of 2017, she waited several weeks before posting a photo.

Now, fans believe they know why.

Jill’s husband, Derick Dillard, posted the above photo on his Instagram page this week as part of a montage celebrating his mother’s birthday.

Fans were shocked by the never-before-seen image of baby Samuel hooked up to wires with tubes coming out of his nose.

Some of Derick’s followers were deeply concerned by what they saw.

Others insisted that while they’re certainly unsettling, such scenes are not uncommon.

“That is a tube to suction fluid out of the lungs,” commented one fan.

“When babies are born by C-section the fluid does not get pushed out by contractions. It is normal to have to get this out, not a complication. Happened with both my C-section babies.”

Others continue to suspect that Samuel experienced serious health problems from birth and that the Duggars did their best to downplay the severity of the situation.

“Omg poor Samuel, feeding tube and oxygen. Don’t think he was as healthy at birth as you said originally,” one of Derick’s followers wrote.

At the time of Samuel’s birth, the Duggars did reveal that he was born via C-section following a difficult and complicated labor.

“After 40 hours of labor, he was delivered via C-section at the hospital,” the family revealed in a statement released just after the birth.

“Thank you for your continued prayers and support!”

“His birth didn’t go as expected,” Jill later stated in an interview with People magazine.

In all likelihood, fans will never know exactly how serious Samuel’s health problems were at the time of his birth.

Derick Dillard has been fired by TLC as a result of some controversial public statements, and it appears as though his family will be leaving the spotlight along with him.

So going forward, the only source of information about the Dillard family will be the Dillards themselves.

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